By: David Rice
To: Jennifer Lynne
Re: Hitler (again)
with: Jesse C. Jones
>JCJ> Adolph Hitler, in my opinion, is a mutant product of
>JCJ> modernism. His past association with the Catholic Church
>JCJ> only reflects where he came from. Christian churches
>JCJ> share the shame of Western civilization, which allowed
>JCJ> the Holocaust. But Hitler was no Christian.
JL> No, he was a product of a xtian society.
For century after century after century, the Christian
church had designated the people to be despised: the
religious believers called Jews the "Christ killers,"
the "enemies of God." All the religious massacres of
900 years--- by Crusaders pursuing infidels, by
inquisitors hunting backsliders, by superstitious mobs
fearing tales of well-poisoning--- branded Jews as
accursed. When popes ordered Jews to wear badges and
live in ghettos--- or when they were expelled
entirely--- it told the populace that these pariahs
were unfit to live among decent folk. Passion plays
depicting Jews as cruel mockers of Christ, and
cathedral paintings of the evil non-Christians, fanned
hatred of those the church called "the perfidious Jews."
Thus, when Adolf Hitler needed a scapegoat group to
rally the discontented majority to his cause and
catapult himself to power, natural victims clearly
marked by the church were at his disposal. The Christian
public, not only in Germany but also throughout Europe,
was predisposed to receive the Nazi message of
That is from James A. Haught's "Holly Horrors," pg. 157-158.
Also from that book we read:
"The Holocaust was, of course, the bitter fruit of long
centuries of Christian teaching about the Jewish people."
(Dr. Franklin Littell, Temple University.)
As well as
". . . centuries of Christian hostility to Jews prepared
the way for the Holocaust. The Nazis are inconcievable
apart from this Christian tradition. Hitler's pongrom, for
all its distinctiveness, is the zenith of a long Christian
heritage of teaching and practive against Jews."
(Theologian Clark Williamson, Christian Theological
"The isolation of Jews into ghetto camps, the wearing of the
yellow spot, the burning of Jewish books, and finally the
burning of the people--- Hitler learned it all from the
Church. However, the Church burned Jewish women and children
alive, while Hitler granted them a quicker death, choking
them first with gas." "The clergymen don't tell you whom to
kill; they just tell you whom to hate."
(Dr. Dagobert Runes, Historian, child of a Holocaust
After the truth of what Nazi Germany had done was disclosed, some
15 years after the events, Pope John XXIII was agast at what had
been done to the Jews in the name of God and Jesus. He wrote a
prayer and addressed it to the Christian world:
"The mark of Cain is stamped upon our foreheads. Across the
centuries, our brother Abel has lain in blood which we
drew, and shed tears we caused by forgetting Thy love.
Forgive us, Lord, for the curse we falsely attributed to
their name as Jews."
While his heart was in the right place, surely it is not his god's
place to forgive Christians and Christianity, but the place of the
Jews to do so.
--- Maximus 2.01wb
* Origin: Richard Milhous Nixon, American Hero. RIP. (1:124/9005)