The Holocaust (1933 – 1942)
Make no mistake, there were Christian collaborators with the Holocaust. The real kicker, though, is knowing that the Holocaust didn’t happen in a vacuum. In many ways, the Holocaust was the child of centuries of Christian Antisemitism in Europe. “Christ Killer” is a common Christian slur thrown at Jewish people, and the Blood Libel didn’t come from Muslims, it came from Christians. Martin Luther, the father of Protestantism, was a raging anti-Semite; in addition to his theses, he also wrote a book called On The Jews and Their Lies. While the religious outlook of the Nazis is questionable, what’s not in question is that centuries of Christian Antisemitism allowed it to happen.
oh, please, look a little closer. Jan Huss, the leader of the Anabaptist movement (baptism as an adult) was burned to death. The Hugenots, French protestant s were killed and chased throuour Europe and settled everywhere. The Mormons, another Christian sect were persected, illed, banned, and chased through the whole United States in the last century. It is the catholic church that has lots to answer for.
Those damn christian missionaries who did their best to wipe out indigenous cultures during colonialism. Or perhaps they're still doing it. We get American mormons out here in Aust. FFS Australians are descended from convicts. A more irreverent, cynical bunch I challenge you to find.
I would say that the effort was more than collaborative but, in whole, a christian effort. Hitler stated as much and was hailed from the pulpit in the Vatican every year on his birthday after the untimely death of the anti-Nazi Pope Pius X, thus suceeded by pro-Nazi Pope Pius XI. He states that he is “doing god’s work” multiple times in Mein Kampf. All soldiers had “gott mit unz” (god with us) inscribed on the belt buckles of their uniforms. While people use the argument that Mein Kampf was just propaganda using god aimed at recruiting christians to the cause, I would argue that even if it was just that, it certainly did a good job at doing so and that those christian “values” did nothing to keep them from averting their attention at the atrocities performed under Nazi rule.
Just the atrocities in this country alone should bring shame and humility to our so-called "Christian" nation; unfortunately, it seems they have very short memories when it comes to their own failings.
The comments below the article were quite interesting also. Good post.
Excellent post. Thank you.
It illustrates the power of words and how they influence our culture and how someone, somewhere along the line will pay with their lives.
This is an issue of unacknowledged privilege and I'm dismayed to see such narratives rearing their ugly heads on this site.
Today has been the subject of pesky 'political correctness' and how the snowflakes are ruining everyone else's fun.