f Humanisticus: Atheism Apparently Responsible for the Worst Horrors of History

Friday, 2 March 2012

Atheism Apparently Responsible for the Worst Horrors of History

Recently it has come to light that the Hibernia College Dublin is teaching seditious and false claims about Atheism in its Higher Diploma in Arts in Primary Education: ‘What bothers very few of its latter-day exponents is the fact that atheist humanism produced the worst horrors history has ever witnessed, namely Nazism, Fascism and Marxism’ and ‘Atheist humanism produced the worst horrors history has ever witnessed.’ This heavily implies Atheism was the root cause and Hitler’s motivation for the Holocaust. Aside from being gravely insulting to Atheists, it is highly inaccurate. Despite the overwhelming amount of evidence attesting Hitler’s religious leanings some still propagate the idea he was Atheist. This is because Hitler was at times anti-Christian and his ideas of a superior race and of scientific racism were linked to Social Darwinism. Although Hitler’s link to specific Christian doctrines may be questioned, his belief in God and Jesus cannot. Hitler was an ardent follower of Christ and it was this belief that fuelled his anti-Semitism. One only needs to examine Mein Kampf to see the link between his believe in Christ and his anti-Semitism:

‘Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord’
‘His (the Jew’s) life is only of this world, and his spirit is inwardly as alien to true Christianity as his nature two thousand years previous was to the Great Founder of the new doctrine.’
‘Of course, the latter (Jesus) made no secret of his attitude toward the Jewish people, and when necessary he even took the whip to drive from the temple of the Lord this adversary of all humanity.
Much of Hitler’s anti-Semitism grew from the teaching and influence of the Christian Social Party, especially Dr. Karl Lueger.

‘I read arguments which gave me some food for thought. At all events, these occasions slowly made me acquainted with the man and the movement, which in those days guided Vienna's destinies’
‘The man and the movement seemed 'reactionary' in my eyes. My common sense of justice, however, forced me to change this judgment in proportion as I had occasion to become acquainted with the man and his work; and slowly my fair judgment turned to unconcealed admiration. Today, more than ever, I regard this man as the greatest German mayor of all times.’
An aura of anti-Semitism existed throughout Europe for centuries and was still extant in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This anti-Semitism was based on the bible as Jews are represented as Christ killers:

‘His blood be on us and our children.’ Matthew 27: 25
‘You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in hearts and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you. Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whom you have now betrayed and murdered.’ Acts 7: 51-52
‘The Jews, who killed both Lord Jesus and the prophets.’ 1 Thessalonians 2: 15
Jews suffered centuries of persecution because of this portrayal; suffering inquisitions in both Spain and Portugal , both lasting until early 19th century. Martin Luther in his book On the Jews and their Lies called Jews ‘venomous beasts, vipers, disgusting scum, canders, devils incarnate’, and even goes as far to say that Christians ‘are at fault in not slaying them.’ Pope Paul IV issued the Papal Bull Cum Nimis Absurdum which established ghettos in Rome and placed stringent restrictions on Jewish economic, religious and personal freedoms as they found it ‘completely senseless and inappropriate to be in a situation where Christian piety allows the Jews whose guilt - all of their own doing - has condemned them to eternal slavery.’ Jewish men were forced to wear pointed yellow hats and Jewish women yellow kerchiefs. This mirrors the Jewish ghettos established by Hitler and the yellow stars of David which they were required to wear. The ghetto in Rome continued from 1555 until 1882. It was the fact that Christianity did not still treat Jews as such which led to Hitler’s condemnation of organised religion. In 1933, during a meeting with Roman Catholic Bishop Wilhelm Berning of Osnabrück, Hitler voiced his displeasure of the Catholic Church for no longer persecuting Jews:

‘I have been attacked because of my handling of the Jewish question. The Catholic Church considered the Jews pestilent for fifteen hundred years, put them in ghettos, etc., because it recognized the Jews for what they were. In the epoch of liberalism the danger was no longer recognized. I am moving back toward the time in which a fifteen-hundred-year-long tradition was implemented.’
He also stressed his disapproval of the manner which Christians treated Jews in Mein Kampf:

‘Christ was nailed to the cross, while our present-day party Christians debase themselves to begging for Jewish votes at elections and later try to arrange political swindles with atheistic Jewish parties-- and this against their own nation.’
So it is clear that Hitler was indeed a man of faith, his conflict with the church was merely because the Church did not treat Jews as harshly as they had previously. Hitler and his countrymen grew up in a cultural zeitgeist which allowed for anti-Semitism. The zeitgeist of anti-Semitism was promulgated by the Christian churches for centuries. Hitler’s hatred alone would not have sufficed to carry out the immense task of his ‘final solution’, but as anti-Semitism was engrained into the psyche of society by the Christian Church, it created a scenario where it was possible. The Dabru Emet, released in 2000 states:

‘Without the long history of Christian anti-Judaism and Christian violence against Jews, Nazi ideology could not have taken hold nor could it have been carried out. Too many Christians participated in, or were sympathetic to, Nazi atrocities against Jews. Other Christians did not protest sufficiently against these atrocities.’
Former Archbishop of Canterbury Robert Runcie has said:

‘Without centuries of Christian anti-Semitism, Hitler's passionate hatred would never have been so fervently echoed...because for centuries Christians have held Jews collectively responsible for the death of Jesus. On Good Friday Jews, have in times past, cowered behind locked doors with fear of a Christian mob seeking 'revenge' for deicide. Without the poisoning of Christian minds through the centuries, the Holocaust is unthinkable.’
Swiss Catholic priest Hans Küng also reiterates this point, however he states that they were godless which I have highlighted is untrue:

‘Nazi anti-Judaism was the work of godless, anti-Christian criminals. But it would not have been possible without the almost two thousand years' pre-history of 'Christian' anti-Judaism.’
Since it is quite evidently clear the Holocaust was caused by Christianities treatment of Jews throughout history and Hitler was clearly a believer of Christ, it is a wonder if the Hibernia College Dublin will rephrase the statements to portray history correctly; ‘what bothers very few of its latter-day exponents is the fact that Christianity produced the worst horrors history has ever witnessed, namely Nazism, Fascism.’ and ‘Christianity produced the worst horrors history has ever witnessed.’ Somehow I doubt it but the removal of this horrible inaccurate statements will be enough.

1 comment:

  1. lol Christianity caused the holocaust except for the other Christian countries that didn't support the holocaust?

    Hitler fought the Catholic Church and Christianity caused the holocaust?

    During Hitler's time Germany was a very religious Christian country so it would've been political suicide for the Nazis to campaign against Christianity.

    Historians who have studied the Nazis have found that many Nazi officials (even during Hitler's time when Germany had been a very religious Christian country) had been anti-Christian or non-Christian

    Martin Bormann, a Nazi leader and Nazi official who was nearly equivalent to Hitler in terms of power said "National Socialism and Christianity are irreconcilable"

    You should speak to modern day Nazis and hear what they think of Christianity or what they call "Christ-insanity" like Tom Metzger who is an atheist and also the founder of the Neo-Nazi group "White Aryan Resistance"