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Hitler was not an atheist.

I am tired of hearing Christian theologians try to make the case that Hitler’s atheistic beliefs caused the deaths of untold millions.  Hitler was not the poster child for atheism. Hitler was the poster child for nationalistic bigots. Let me set the record straight for all of the historically challenged who keep asserting this incorrect belief.

Hitler was NOT an atheist.

Where to begin? How about Hitler’s own book, Mein Kampf (My Struggle); A pathetic, bigoted, psychotic meandering of a tome.

In chapter 2, Hitler writes,

In the Jew I still saw only a man who was of a different religion, and therefore, on grounds of human tolerance, I was against the idea that he should be attacked because he had a different faith. And so I considered that the tone adopted by the anti-Semitic Press in Vienna was unworthy of the cultural traditions of a great people. The memory of certain events which happened in the middle ages came into my mind, and I felt that I should not like to see them repeated.

Hitler mentions a “different” faith. That would seem to indicate that he had a “faith”.  Not enough proof? Here is a quote from his speech given in Munich, dated April 12, 1922.

In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and of adders. How terrific was His fight for the world against the Jewish poison. Today, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before – the fact that it was for this that He had to shed His blood upon the Cross. As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice. And as a man I have the duty to see to it that human society does not suffer the same catastrophic collapse as did the civilization of the ancient world some two thousand years ago – a civilization which was driven to its ruin through this same Jewish people.

Holy mother of all that is Christian, Batman. I think that quote says it all. 

But wait, say you! Hitler was one of those filthy Darwinists!! Not so much. The Darwinian view that some people reference was Hitler’s total misinterpretation of Darwin’s survival of the fittest theory. Hitler, along with others in his party, tried to apply this belief in a social context. Hitler’s understanding and application of Darwinian theories was rudimentary and fragmented at best.

The truth of the matter is that, Hitler did not cause the death of millions of people because he was an atheist or a Christian. Hitler caused the death of millions of people because he was a bigoted, twisted, anti-semitic, imbecilic simpleton. His actions were neither rooted in theism or anti-theism. They were rooted solely in a maniacal claim of racial superiority, period.

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