Hitler was a Christian, therefore refugees. That is the argument presented today on The View by Whoopi Goldberg. If you’re not following the logic, join the club. Here’s the clip from Newsbusters.
She posits he was a Christian, then proves it by saying that he hated Catholics. Those are two groups widely known not to get along. Wait …
The point they were trying to make is that you can’t judge Islam by Islamists just like you can’t judge Christianity by the “monster Christians” (not to be confused with “Monsters of Christian Rock).
Of course, there are a few problems with this thesis. For example, we attacked Hilter mercilessly and drove him to suicide. As opposed to, you know, asking him to move in. And of course Hitler wasn’t conducting a campaign to establish a worldwide Christian caliphate, in an effort that involved recruiting Christians from around the world to commit atrocities in the name of Christianity for the purposes of furthering his vision of Christianity. He had other more prosaic concerns like conquest, genocide, global fascism, and free healthcare for all. So, you know, some differences there.
And I hesitate to even mention this being as how Whoopi made such a definitive compelling case for Hitler’s Christianity (“he hated Catholics” you will recall), but Newsbusters has a few words about the most basic fact of her premise.
First of all, McVeigh described himself as an agnostic in a letter written shortly before his execution. Second of all, Hitler was anti-Christian.
Historians and journalists alike agree:
- New York Times columnist Joe Sharkey highlighted that Hitler’s forces planned to destroy German Christianity.
- Author and professor emeritus of history at Marquette University Michael Phayer wrote: “By the latter part of the decade of the thirties church officials were well aware that the ultimate aim of Hitler and other Nazis was the total elimination of Catholicism and of the Christian religion.”
- Rise And Fall Of The Third Reich author William Shirer wrote: “[U]nder the leadership of Rosenberg, Bormann and Himmler, who were backed by Hitler, the Nazi regime intended to destroy Christianity in Germany, if it could, and substitute the old paganism of the early tribal Germanic gods and the new paganism of the Nazi extremists.” Shirer also outlined how Hitler’s “National Reich Church” planned, among other things, to replace Bibles and crucifixes at altars with Mein Kampf as well as substitute all crosses with the swastika.