Releasing the Truth

Digging for knowledge…

Tag Archives: atheism

Reaping the ‘fruits’ of atheism / secularism

Dissenters of the Christianity and bible often state that Christian dogma is an immoral, outdated, archaic and even evil thing for society… Well, in many Western countries Christianity is fading away, whereas, at the same pace, the secularism and antitheist ideologies skyrockets. So, the question arises: what are the results of the “boom” in these movements? Which fruits are being harvested now? I think it’s better you read it by yourself:

 

 

Dutch Court Says Pedophilia Advocacy Group Martijn Can Continue

Apr 5, 2013

Source: AngelQueen website

Par7194961

Marthijn Uitenboogaard, right, of “Vereniging Martijn,” and Dutch writer Anton Dautzenberg, a club member,at a press conference March 2, 2012. (Phil Nijhuis/AFP/Getty)

Judges in the Netherlands have ruled that an organization that wants to legalize pedophilia can continue to exist. Cintia Taylor speaks with the group’s most recent leader.

When Marthijn Uittenbogaard’s lawyer contacted him with the news that his pro-pedophilia group could continue to exist, he took to Twitter: “Fortunately, there are still wise judges,” he wrote. Uittenbogaard was the last leader of Martijn, a foundation established in 1982 to promote the legalization of consensual sex between adults and children in The Netherlands.

The group has been fighting a legal battle with the country’s Public Prosecution Service which has been seeking its dismantling since 2010. Last year a court ruled that Martijn be banned on charges that it glorified sexual relations between adults and children. But the appeals court in the northern town of Leeuwarden has now overturned that decision, claiming that although the work of the organization is contradictory to public order, there is no evidence leading to “a threat of disrupting society.”

Uittenbogaard, 40, sees this as a victory for freedom of expression. He thinks society can be very overprotective. “A child can see a lot of violence on television, on every cartoon there’s violence, on movies people get killed,” he explains, “But when Janet Jackson’s breast is shown at the Super Bowl people say: ‘Oh children are watching this.’ Nakedness and everything concerning sexuality is a taboo and violence is the norm. And I think that should be the other way around.” He further believes “almost everyone has pedophile feelings in them. Only the percentage is different, some have more than others.”

According to Uittenborgaard, pedophilia is not only about sex. He is, in fact, against penetration when it comes to small children, but he thinks that those above 12 years old are wise enough to decide whether they want to have intercourse with an adult. But child psychologist Sanderijn van der Doef disagrees. She admits children are aware of their sexuality at an early age, but “they can’t understand the consequences of their decisions, including those related to their sexuality.”

At the height of its activities, Martijn had 650 members, published a quarterly magazine and hosted a website featuring chat rooms, forums, and news archives on pedophilia-related stories.

In 2007 the organization came under fire after a member published on its website photos of children of the royal family, including of the crown prince’s daughter, princess Amalia. Then in 2011, former leader Ad van der Berg was sentenced to four years in prison for possession of child pornography, some 157,500 photos and videos, including 12,000 in which he could be seen posing.In aWikipedia article we find a list of pro-pedophilia organizations (several are, thankfully,  now defunct) such as:

Australia:

  • Australian Man/Boy Love Association (AMBLA).[1]
  • Australian Paedophile Support Group (APSG). Founded in 1980 or 1983 according to other sources. It was succeeded by the Boy Lovers and Zucchini Eaters (BLAZE), another law-abiding group dismantled by police.[2]

Belgium

  • Dokumentatieidients Pedofilie (DSAP).[3] Defunct?
  • Centre de Recherche et d’Information sur l’Enfance et la Sexualité (CRIES). 1982-1986. Founded by Philippe Charpentier. The group published the magazineL’Espoir.[4]
  • Groupe d’Étude sur la Pédophilie. Founded in 1982 by the association gay Infor Homosexualitaté. In 1982 it becomes to CRIES.[19]

Denmark

Norway

  • Norwegian Pedophile Group (NAFP).

Canada

  • Coalition Pédophile Quebecois.[1]

United Kingdom

  • Paedophile Action for Liberation (PAL). 1974-?[3] Defunct.
  • Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE). 1974-1984. One of the most important pedophile associations in Europe. It was affiliated to the National Council for Civil Liberties, now known as Liberty, between 1978 and 1983, year in wich it was expelled.[16] It published the magazinesMagpieUnderstanding Paedophilia and Childhood Rights.[3][17]

USA

Germany

  • AG-Pädo. Founded in 1991 by the gay association Arbeitsgruppe des Bundesverbandes Homosexualität (BVH).[20][1] Active.

 

Quite staggering, to say the least… “Coincidentally”, most groups have been founded during the 70’s and in the following decades, certainly after the rise of atheism in many societies, and the decline of maintenance of traditional values, mostly built on Christian bases. These info presented above are just the tip of iceberg; the more we look into godless/secular societies, the more we perceive the social damage caused by this increasing trend, as we can get a fair hint by reading the following links:

 

Depression/Mental illness/Suicide:

 

Swedish government pays the double for depression (“As sick leave and early retirement brought about by depression have become more common, costs have shot up from 16.1 to 32.9 billion kronor, according to a new study- article from 2007”);

Sweden- Use of anti-depressants slightly reduces suicide rate (“In 1995 1,783 Swedes took their own lives. Ten years later the figure had declined to 1,451, a drop of 18 percent”);

Young Swedes need more mental health help (“One in four 16- to 18-year-olds in Sweden suffers from mental health issues”; “The Swedish economy loses about €8 billion ($10.4 billion) annually, or 2.8 percent of GDP, due to lost productivity and spending on healthcare and social services”);

Swedish teens ‘more depressed than ever’ (“Looking at the 18 to 14 age bracket, the report showed that young adults are increasingly depressed, suffering from anxiety and falling prey to addiction. They are also spending more time in psychiatric institutions, with the increase in young adults receiving institutional care increasing far more rapidly than in any other segment of the population.”)

Patient suicides on the rise in Sweden: report (“In 2007, 468 suicides were reported. Last year, that number had jumped to 599. Most cases come from psychiatric clinics, but reports from both primary and geriatric care also occurred regularly, according to statistics”- 2011)

Sweden-Depression “behind one in three physical ailments” (“One in three people seeking medical care for physical ailments might well be suffering from depression, according to Professor Hallman”)

Norway-Depression hits half the population;

Denmark- Survey: More than one in four high school students suffers from depression (“Twelve percent of the survey respondents suffer from an actual depression, while 14 percent showed signs of depression. Overall, 26.7 percent of the students gave responses that indicated they should seek medical advice for a possible depression”)

England: Third of young unemployed ‘rarely leave house’ (“The poll examined views of some 1,000 youngsters aged 16-24 across the UK.” “It reveals that many feel isolated and are lacking in confidence – 40% feel they are not part of society, 36% believe they will never have a chance of getting a job. One third have suffered depression, 37% rarely go outside the house and 39% suffer from stress.”)

Hikikomori: Why are so many Japanese men refusing to leave their rooms? (“As many as a million young people in Japan are thought to remain holed up in their homes – sometimes for decades at a time.” “Symptoms vary between patients. For some, violent outbursts alternate with infantile behaviour such as pawing at the mother’s body. Other patients might be obsessive, paranoid and depressed.”)

UK: Gang violence cause of high levels of mental disorders (“Young men in gangs are significantly more likely to suffer from a mental disorder and need psychiatric help than other young men, says a UK study. It surveyed 108 gang members and found that half had an anxiety disorder, more than 85% a personality disorder and 25% screened positive for psychosis.”)

France, the world’s most depressed nation?

Finland- Man shoots friend and himself in Akaa, Pirkanmaa

Suicide hit all-time high in Singapore in 2012 (“A 29% increase from the 2011 total number. It boosted by 80% among 20-29 years old people”)

High developed nations and Suicide: A Fresh Perspective (“Why do Swedes and citizens of other relatively equal nations take their lives at a higher rate than residents of more unequal nations? Four investigators have tapped a wealth of newly available data to help make sense out of a paradox that has dogged the research on economic disparities for decades.”)

Russia has second worst suicide rate in the world (“The data suggest that “in the years between 1990 and 2010 about 800,000 Russians killed themselves, which is close to a million – a whole city,””)

Russia: a teenage suicide epidemic?

Russia’s child, teenage suicide rates highest in Europe (” Over the past few years the number of minors who have taken their own lives or made such attempts has grown by 35-37 percent,””According to the agency the country sees 19–20 suicides per 100,000 teenagers a year, which is thrice the world average. For instance, in 2009 1,379 young men and 369 young women aged 15 to 19 committed suicide (the watchdog has not yet published more recent statistics). Per one suicide there are up to two hundred failed suicide attempts.”)

Netherlands- More people commit suicide by train (“In 2011, 215 people committed suicide by throwing themselves in front of a train and 26 people tried to do so, according to new transport ministry figures. Despite efforts to reduce access to the railways and increase surveillance near popular suicide spots, the number of deaths has gone up by 31% over the past eight years, the figures show”)

Netherlands- Suicide rate rises slightly (“In total, 1,647 people committed suicide in the Netherlands last year, up marginally on 2010”)

Suicide is the second biggest cause of deaths among youth (Suicide is the 3rd major cause of death among Brazilian teens- in Portuguese)

Suicide increases 50% in Spain (in Spanish)

France- Child suicide under-estimated: report (“Around 40 suicides among children aged less than 12 are reported each year. In May, an 11-year-old boy hanged himself with his T-shirt in his school in Arles after he had been sent out of the classroom.””The author of the report, psychiatrist Boris Cyrulnik, believes that many deaths reported as accidental should also be considered as suicides””Other factors playing a role are related to the child’s experiences, including abandonment (which plays a role in 31 percent of suicides), physical abuse (21 percent), sexual abuse (8 percent) and incest (5 percent).”)

Germany –Police find body lying ‘among 50 snakes’

Germany- Man dies after setting self on fire at Reichstag (“A 32-year-old man died after stabbing himself and then setting himself on fire in front of the Reichstag in Berlin early Saturday afternoon.”)

Germany- Experts puzzled by Bavaria’s suicide rate (“Despite its low unemployment and high average income, Bavaria recorded a suicide rate of 12.9 deaths per 100,000 people in 2009, which was well above the national average of 10.6 per 100,000, daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported.” “Some 1,749 people killed themselves in the state that year and 9,616 took their own lives across the whole country. This was more than double the number that died in road accidents.”)

Switzerland ‘one of Europe’s suicide capitals’ (“Between 15,000 and 25,000 people attempt to kill themselves in Switzerland every year, according to a new survey, confirming Switzerland’s place as one of the suicide capitals of Europe.”)

 

Alcoholism/illegal drug addiction:

 

UK- Drugs, alcohol, cigarettes (The UK has one of the biggest binge drinking problems in Europe. That’s according to a study of 15 and 16 year olds in 35 European countries. UK teens drink more in one session than teens in any other European country apart from the Isle of Man and possibly Demark. The report describes binge drinking in the UK as “serious and chronic””)

Norway- Use LSD to combat alcoholism: experts (Great….)

Use of ‘designer drugs’ on the rise in Germany (“Synthetic “designer drugs,” with names such as Extreme Summer, Fly Cherry or Manga XXL are increasingly finding users in Germany, especially among young men, a new government report says.”)

Netherlands- The number of complaints about drugs nuisance almost quadrupled to 619 in Maastricht in May

Denmark- Drug use soars (“There are an estimated 33.000 drug addicts (problem drug users) in a country with a population of 5 million. The government plans to introduce more involuntary treatment to stop this disturbing trend.”)

Drugs in France (“Few sound figures are available on the prevalence of drug use in France. Estimates range from 50,000 to several million drug users (Padieu, 1994)”)

Drug addiction in Belgium

Number of Drug Addicts in Russia Nears 9 Million

HEROIN USE, ABUSE, AND ADDICTION IN CHINA

Japan, Land Of The Rising Meth

Drug use in England and Wales

CANADIAN DRUG CRISIS (“47,000 Canadian deaths are linked to substance abuse annually”)

Drug use in six Latin American countries in focus

We have to find new solutions to Latin America’s drugs nightmare

Illegal Drug Use in Mexico

Drug addiction explodes in Mexico (“According to a recent government study, the number of addicts has nearly doubled from 158,000 to 307,000 in the past six years”)

 

Child/Elderly abuse/violence:

 

Sweden- Police warn of rogue cops swindling elderly (“Fraudsters who impersonate police officers are using increasingly sophisticated techniques in Sweden to rob the elderly in their homes, with reports of such incidents on the rise.”)

Maltreatment reports increasing in Swedish geriatric care (“Bed sores, humiliating treatment and incorrect drug dosages. Many are now reporting maltreatment of elderly to the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen), and cases are increasing in several parts of the country, according to a survey conducted by news agency TT.”)

Denmark- Man admits burning daughters to death (“The 40 year-old Danish father accused of drugging his two daughters and then burning them to death in his car has confessed his guilt in a Potsdam, Germany court “)

Vienna children’s home ‘saw decades of abuse, rapes’ (“Children were physically and mentally abused for decades at a former Austrian children’s home and city authorities knew about it but did nothing”)

There Are 747,000 Registered Sex Offenders In The United States (“According to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, there are 747,408 registered sex offenders in the United States right now. “)

France- Boat school founder jailed for raping pupils (“The founder of a French alternative school that took students on boat trips on the high seas was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison for the rape and sexual abuse of six children.”)

France- Father charged with rape of ‘disabled’ daughters (“A French father of five has been charged with raping three of his daughters, one as young as 15. The shocking development comes a month after the family were found confined to their filthy council house for the last year.”)

 French dad raped daughters and fathered baby (“A man was sentenced to five years in prison for the rape of his two daughters, with one of whom he had a child, in a court in Amiens last Friday.”)

Netherlands- Rape reports reach 24 a week (“There were 1,297 reports of rape made to Dutch police last year, according to the latest AD crime monitor, due to be published on Saturday. This is the equivalent of 24 a week, but the number of actual rapes is likely to be far higher, the paper says. Earlier research showed as few as one in eight women report rape and sex attacks to the police. The AD monitor shows police also investigated 1,896 reports of sexual assault and 490 cases of suspected incest. The total number of sex crime reports is down on 2011.”)

Thailand to extradite Swiss child molester (“A 56-year-old man from St Gallen who abused his daughter and her friend over a period of years is to be extradited from Thailand.”)

Switzerland Paedophile bus driver jailed for new sex crimes  (“Questions are being raised in Ticino about how a convicted paedophile, sentenced on Thursday to five years in jail for re-offending with new sex crimes against small girls, managed to get hired as the driver of a bus carrying young children.”)

Netherlands- Sex case swim teacher charged with rape (“The swimming teacher suspected of abusing dozens of girls is also facing rape charges, the Volkskrant reports on Friday. Benno L is said to have raped a young girl with Downs syndrome during a swimming lesson – a claim which is now included in the charge sheet, the paper says.”)

Netherlands- Reported sex crimes down by one-third (“Last year, there were almost 1,500 reports of rape and 2,100 reports of sexual assault, down almost one-third on 2005. Between 1985 and 2002, the number of reports of rape rose 40%. “)

Germany- Six kids collapse in sex education class  (“There was some distress in the classroom as a number of children collapsed after they were asked to colour in pictures of sexual organs while learning about human reproduction.”)

Germany- Castration only way out of prison for child abuser (“A German judge told a convicted child sex abuser who attacked boys aged between eight months and four years old, he would never be released unless he underwent chemical castration. “)

Norway- Man arrested for rape of elderly women (“A 35-year-old Romanian man has been arrested in Paris in connection with the brutal assault and rape of two elderly women in the Oslo area.”)

Norway- Teen to face trial for rape and murder of Hilda, 98 (“A 19-year-old man has been charged with the rape and murder of 98-year-old Hilda Feste, who was found bludgeoned to death in her home in Os in western Norway in January.”)

UK- ‘Prolific’ child rapist from Downham sentenced to 28 years in prison (“Leslie Burrell, aged 62, of Whitefoot Lane, was found guilty of 39 counts of child abuse including rape, sexual activity with a child and taking indecent photographs of a child. His victims, 11 boys and a girl, were abused between 1972 and 2007.”)

Norway- Police in nationwide child-porn raids

Netherlands- Slight rise in elderly abuse cases, family members usually to blame (“In total, there were 1,027 abuse reports. In 35% of cases a child or grandchild was the abuser but in a quarter of cases it was another family member. Partners and ex-partners are also responsible for around a quarter of cases”)

Parents in Norway jailed for incest (“A Norwegian court Thursday sentenced a couple to 17 years in prison for violence, rape and incestuous relations with their three sons, calling it the country’s worst sexual abuse case.”)

Database for UK and Eire paedophiles/child abusers  (“MORE than 400 children are sexually abused every week in Britain — one every 20 MINUTES, a shock investigation has revealed The 43 police forces in England and Wales recorded 23,097 child sex offences in 2011. That included rape, incest, child prostitution and pornography.”)

 

Racism:

 

The Hunger Games hit by racism row as movie fans tweet vile slurs over casting of black teen actress as heroine Rue

Out of 120 police officers found guilty of racism… just one is sacked

Steep rise in racism and intolerance in France (“Racist, anti-Semitic and Islamophobic acts and threats have risen steeply in France, according to a report published on Thursday by the country’s racism watchdog. Levels of intolerance in the country were a real “concern”, the watchdog concluded.”)

Google’s ‘Jew’ suggestion leads to judge order

Anti-Semitic attacks soar by 82% in France

Germany- Neo-Nazi terror gang trauma still raw a year on (“A year after the neo-Nazi terrorist cell believed to be responsible for nine racial murders and the killing of a police woman was revealed, a leading German official admitted trust in the authorities was seriously damaged. “)

Germany- Frankfurt cops in focus after ‘racist attack’ (“Growing public outrage in Frankfurt over an alleged attack by four police officers which left a black man unconscious and suffering concussion has prompted a debate in the state parliament over claims of racism in the police force. “)

Germany- Nazi salutes aimed at Israeli footballer (“The 24-year-old was subjected to a verbal racist attack while training with his German league club on Sunday, when a group of between five and 10 fans in a crowd of at least 100 chanted anti-Semitic slogans.”)

Teachers ‘need help to fight youth extremism (“Attempts to prevent young Germans from getting into right-wing extremism are failing because of poor coordination and sporadic financing say experts.”)

German police raid Nazi ‘Werewolf’ lairs (“Police launched raids in Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland Wednesday against six suspected members of a far-right “Werewolf” cell modelled on late-World War II plans for a Nazi guerrilla resistance.”)

Neo-Nazi killings, apathy shock German minorities (“Revelations a neo-Nazi gang was able to commit racist murders unhindered for a decade – and Germany’s seeming indifference to the crimes – has shaken the country’s minority communities.”)

Sweden- Neo-Nazi trio threatens ex-party leader Sahlin (“Three men from the neo-Nazi Party of the Swedes (Svenskarnas Parti) followed and threatened former Social Democrat leader Mona Sahlin in Visby on Friday night, calling her a “traitor”, according to a report in the Expressen daily.”)

Sweden- Stockholm riots spread west on sixth night

Dutchman in spotlight in international probe into neo-Nazi terror groups (“A 19-year-old Dutchman is one of six people under suspicion of forming an international terrorist neo-Nazi organisation, the Volkskrant reported on Wednesday”)

Noose protest against Italy’s first black minister

Rape:

 

A Rape a Minute, A Thousand Corpses a Year

French caviar heir on trial for rape and torture (“The playboy heir to a famous French caviar empire, notorious for his lavish cocaine-fueled S&M orgies, is set to stand trial on Monday for charges of rape, torture and sexual abuse involving blowtorches, hot wax and cigarette lighters.”)

Fury in Ukraine after 2 police officers accused of raping woman

New York Times spotlights Norway rape (“One in ten Norwegian women over the age of 15 has been raped,” The New York Times has reported in an article”)

Four Russian ‘minigarchs’ gang-raped a student (“Oleg Ivanov and Gregory Andreev Melnikov, both 23, Norayr Davtyan, 22, and Armen Simonyan, 19, filmed the sickening attack on an 18-year-old Malaysian fellow student at their £30,000 a year boarding school using an iPhone.”)

13 years-old Victim of atrocious rape in Russia  (“Zalina was kidnapped in the city of Khasavyurt in September 2010. The kidnappers – a group of 13 years-old teenagers – were holding the girl captive. They were assaulting and raping her for three days.”)

In Norway, Gender Equality Does Not Extend to the Bed (high rate of marital rape in Norway)

Papua New Guinea- PNG girl beheads father after he rapes her: report

Switzerland- Boarding school child abuse trial opens (“The trial of a man accused of sexually abusing over 50 children and teenagers in the French-speaking part of Switzerland opens on Monday.”)

Germany- Daughter says Klaus Kinski raped her (“Pola Kinski, daughter of legendary German actor Klaus Kinski, has told a German magazine that she was sexually abused by her father over 14 years from the age of five.”)

Germany- Kidnapped teen escapes four-night rape ordeal (“A man with a long history of sexual violence was arrested in northern Germany after a teenage girl he had kidnapped and repeatedly raped managed to escape and raise the alarm. “)

Norway- ‘MMS Doc’ jailed for teen girl sex attacks (“A 39-year-old Norwegian doctor has been jailed for ten years for a series of rapes and sex attacks on at least 20 underage female patients – attacks which he filmed on his mobile phone.”)

 Sweden- Six teens convicted of Stockholm gang rape (“Six teenage boys aged 15 to 17 were convicted on Friday after raping a 15-year-old girl in a north-western suburb of Stockholm in March”)

Dozens of sex criminals work in Swedish schools (“Nearly 100 convicted sex criminals work in schools across Sweden, according to a new report, which found many sex offenders have kept their jobs despite having committed their crimes while employed at a school.”)

Argentina- 10 Argentine Cops Charged in Gang Rape of  Teen Boy (“Ten police officers were arrested Friday in the southern Argentine province of Chubut on charges of raping a 16-year-boy, authorities said.”)

USA- America’s Rape Problem: We Refuse to Admit That There Is One

Germany battles rising tide of sex trafficking (“German police are fighting a boom in sex trafficking from the Balkans region, driven by pimps and traffickers recruiting increasingly young women, experts said in Berlin this week.”)

Netherlands- Rape reports reach 24 a week  (“There were 1,297 reports of rape made to Dutch police last year, according to the latest AD crime monitor, due to be published on Saturday.The AD monitor shows police also investigated 1,896 reports of sexual assault and 490 cases of suspected incest”)

 

Teenage violence/delinquency:

 

Teens convicted for Stureby murder (“The two teenagers charged with killing 15-year-old Therese Johansson Rojo in the Stockholm suburb of Stureby in June were found guilty”-“The 16-year-old boy was convicted for murder, while his accomplice, a 16-year-old girl, was convicted for instigation of murder.”)

Finland: 12 years in jail for Aikatalo shooter

USA- Flash Mob Crimes And Organized Looting Have Become A Normal Part Of Life In America

Germany- Five teens held after sexual attack at party (“Five teenagers are being held in custody in Munich after two girls aged 15 and 16 were sexually abused and possibly raped at a party in the centre of the Bavarian city at the end of last week.”)

Norway- Breivik to court: What about my trauma? (“Anders Behring Breivik, on trial for killing 77 people in Norway last year, stunned the Oslo courtroom Wednesday when he drew a parallel between his own “trauma” and that he inflicted on the victims’ families.”)

USA- a 22 years old man had been held after the shooting that left six people dead and more than a dozen injured at Arizona

Sweden- Teen gangs suspected in Stockholm robberies

Netherlands- Fourth teenager arrested in football linesman death investigation

Mental Health Woes Plague ‘Cyberbullies’ and Their Victims

Finland- Teenage girls more prone to violence against dating partners than boys

Australian Crime: Facts & figures report shows teen are the most violent Australians (“The report showed the rate of assaults in the 15-19 age group was 886 per 100,000 people in 2011, compared to a rate of 85 per 100,000 for offenders aged 55-59.Robberies and extortion in the younger age group were committed at a rate of 115 per 100,000 people.Sexual attacks were most prevalent among 15-year-olds, with 64 offences per 100,000 people. This compared to 18 per 100,000 in the 60-64 age group.”)

What is Mob Action? Chicago Teens Plan and Execute Deliberately Violent Flash Mob in Downtown Chicago

Tonight’s Insight: The rise in young female violence

Curfew considered after 400 teens in North Carolina street fight

Lauderhill Mall Locked Down After More Than 100 Teens Fight 

TEENAGE gangsters  in Britain (“Scotland Yard has identified 169 gangs with about 5,000 members in London alone.”)

 Swedish teen girls ‘getting more violent’

 

Heinous/brutal violence/crime:

 

Germany- Mother ‘kills sons before committing suicide (“Germany has been left reeling this weekend by the tragic murders of two young boys. Their 38-year-old mother is thought to have suffocated her sons before committing suicide.”)

Germany- Father kills four children in marital row

Germany- Sex game murder victim ‘paid killer to do it’ (“A man who killed a bank manager during a sex game and boiled his severed head in a pan has told investigators he was paid to do so by his victim, it emerged. “)

USA- 20 Shocking Examples Of How Sadistic And Cruel People Have Become

Switzerland- Sadist ‘sorry’ for offering cannibals mum and girl (” A Swiss sadist who offered his friend’s wife and daughter to cannibals for slaughter, apologized in court to his would-be victims while citing his poor relationship with his mother as the trigger for his actions.”)

Germany- Big pharma ‘human guinea pigs’ spark anger (“Revelations that Western drug companies colluded with East Germany’s communist regime to use more than 50,000 people as “human guinea pigs” in 1980s medical trials has sparked widespread outrage.”)

South Korea/China- Thousands of pills filled with powdered human baby flesh discovered by customs officials in South Korea

USA- Couple face death penalty for killing girl, 10, by locking her in a box in boiling heat… because she took a Popsicle

Khmer Rouge chief jailer gets 19 years for overseeing ‘shocking and heinous’ murders of 15,000 Cambodians

Russian grave-robber ‘lived with 26 female corpses that he dressed as dolls and teddy bears’

USA- Father ‘decapitated and dismembered cerebral palsy son, 7, with a meat cleaver and left his head at side of road’

USA- Iowa man who killed 7—including his girlfriend and her 5 children—commits suicide in prison (“Adam Moss, 35, was found hanging with a bed sheet around his neck tied to wall vent in his cell Wednesday. In 2001 he beat his girlfriend, Leticia Aguilar, 31, and her five children, aged 6 to 12, to death with a hammer.  Moss also beat his former employer, Ronald Fish, 38, and slit his throat”)

USA- What made him do it? Police probe man accused of raping and murdering mother and daughter, 10, in ‘savage attack’ 

Italy- Policeman’s ear ripped off in road-rage attack

Italy- Ambulance crew attacked after road-rage killing (“An ambulance crew was then attacked by an angry crowd of onlookers on their arrival at the scene in the San Basilio suburb, leaving one ambulance driver with a fractured shoulder. Moreno Coppi was shot in the head by 32-year-old Maurizio Alletto after their cars collided, the paper said. Coppi had been driving with his father, Luciano, who tried to intervene. A 25-year-old man was also taken to hospital with stab wounds.”)

Sweden- Prison for man who cut off and ate wife’s lip

Netherlands- Cold case team to look again at 60 prostitute murders

Norway- 2 Women get 12 years for Oslo axe murder

Norway- July 22nd 2011: Hell on a Norwegian island

Sweden- Four arrested for Malmö gang slaying

Sweden- Malmö’s Police ’embarrassed’ by continued violence 

Sweden- Gun violence ‘most common’ in Malmö

USA- Father ‘killed his ten-week-old daughter and gave his girlfriend two black eyes because he was angry at being left alone with her’

 

STD’s/AIDS:

 

Swedish women hit harder by STD rise: study (“Gonorrhoea and syphilis are making a comeback in Sweden, with the number of reported cases among young women soaring by nearly 60 percent in 2010.”)

Heat map reveals where highest rates of STDs occur in the U.S. – and most are found in the South 

Philadelphia installs condom dispensers in 22 public schools to battle ‘epidemic’ of sexually transmitted diseases 

USA- Dramatic rise in teen STDs (“Professor David Paton says infection rates have rocketed by 30 per cent among 16 to 19-year- olds since the launch of Labour’s £63million Teenage Pregnancy Strategy five years ago.”)

Amsterdam warns about surge in STDs

AIDS In Russia ‘Scarier Than Africa’ Yet Ignored

High Rates of Congenital Syphilis in Russia Linked To Inadequate Prenatal Care

STD Facts: Shocking Statistics You May Not Know About STDs

CDC: 110 million STDs among U.S. men and women

Australia- Report reveals jump in HIV infection rate – ABC News

Australia- HIV rates stable but chlamydia cases skyrocket

New Zealand- Sex clinics treating more youngsters

 

Perversion/Cruelty:

Sadistic sex crimes on animals rise in Sweden

Animal Cruelty Rising to Horrifying Heights in UK

Sweden- ‘Ban sex with animals’

Suspected serial cat killer arrested

Sweden highlights bestiality problem

Masturbating man caught molesting bicycle

Politician jailed after sex with disabled woman

Swedish gyno convicted for sex ‘climax’ demo

Doctor jailed for sexually molesting patients

Swedish man accused of sex with sheep

 Bestiality brothels are ‘spreading through Germany’ warns campaigner as abusers turn to sex with animals as ‘lifestyle choice’ 

David Beckman Sexually Abused Peacock: Police

Dutch Artist -Katinka Simonse also known as TINKEBELL- murdering animals in the name of art

Elite Chinese student gets death for ‘cruel’ crime

Man Charged With Animal Cruelty for Biting Off Baby Bird’s Head

 

See? An informal research during a few hours can bring to surface countless problems and misconducted behavior, more and more common amid the modern society, deprived of or lacking proper values and high customs, giving room for totally wrong, selfish, dangerous trends, and turning the backs on God, tossing out His perfect guidance.

It’s sad to notice that many people is totally unconcerned with the fearsome fate that the society is heading to; there’s no sign that things are getting any better, yet, most persons are too busy with social networks, parties, consumerism, games, sports and a whole lot more superfluous stuffs.. And then, when something bad occurs on society, family or even to themselves, people readily rise questions, doubts, such as “how the society has become so messed?”, “why people are ‘crazy’?”, and so on…

And many solutions, ideas, are put on the table, many researches, surveys and meetings take place, on which scholars, researchers, politicians try to find out a solution for each of these problems, however, they just drop for a while, if much, and thus, returns to their actual levels or even increase.

I think it’s time for people to stop for while, look around themselves, and figure out how much bankrupted and void the modern trends and priorities of life actually are!

Atheism and its two measures

As the secularism and the rejection of the Christian tradition  increases day after day, we can notice a “boom” in the atheist activism during the last decades. The examples are numberless, but let’s look some of them:

Atheist group seeks to tear down World Trade Center cross

The two steel girders in the shape of a cross discovered in the rubble of the World Trade Center have since been moved to a museum dedicated to 9/11.

ALBANY, N.Y., July 28, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) — When two steel girders were found intact, in the shape of a cross, in the middle of the wreckage of the World Trade Center after 9/11, it was hailed by many as a mini “miracle” and a sign of hope for a country beleaguered by a devastating terrorist attack.

Now, however, an atheist group has filed a lawsuit that seeks to tear down that cross, which was moved recently to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City.

American Atheists filed its lawsuit, American Atheists v. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, in New York state court Monday.

“What we’re looking for is a remedy that honours everyone equally, with a religion-neutral display, or display of equal size and prominence,” said Dave Silverman, the group’s head. (read more)

Atheist Activist Group Demands That City Remove Cross From Vietnam War Monument

Coos Bay, Oregon – A nationally-known atheist activist organization is demanding that a city in Oregon immediately remove a cross from a publicly-displayed  monument that honors those who died in the Vietnam War.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) recently sent a letter to officials in Coos Bay, Oregon, stating that the monument displayed in Mingus Park violates the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution. The organization advised that it received complaints about the display, and was therefore responding on behalf of the unhappy citizens.

“Our complainants inform us that a white cross sits in the park near a playground,” the letter stated. “Our complainants further inform us that this display has been in the park for several decades. There have also been recent efforts to restore the cross.” (read more)

‘Blessed Are the Peacemakers’ Painting Removed From Idaho Air Force Base Following Complaint

Air Force Base PaintingMOUNTAIN HOME, Id.– An Air Force base in southwestern Idaho has removed a Scripture-based painting from one of its dining halls after a complaint was submitted by an activist group that seeks to keep religion out to the U.S. military.

Last Friday, the Pentagon received a letter of complaint from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), which urged Air Force officials to remove a particular painting from the Mountain Home Air Force Base. MRFF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enforcing the U.S. Constitution’s Establishment Clause, which states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” It believes that the nation’s Armed Forces should be strictly nonreligious in nature.

“No religion or religious philosophy may be advanced by the United States Armed Forces over any other religion or religious philosophy,” the MRFF’s mission statement reads. Furthermore, “No member of the United States Armed Forces may be compelled in any way to witness or engage in any religious exercise.” (read more)

Kentucky School District Caves to Atheist Demands to Remove Ten Commandments From Public Schools

Jackson, Kentucky – A school district in Kentucky has caved to demands from a prominent atheist activist organization surrounding the display of the Ten Commandments in public schools.

Schools within the Breathitt County School District have displayed the Ten Commandments on the walls of their classrooms for many years — that is, until now. Recently, an individual contacted the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) to complain about the displays and noted that they can be seen in elementary, middle and high schools alike. In response, FFRF contacted the district to demand that the Biblically-based laws be removed.

“These Ten Commandment displays are a flagrant violation of the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution,” the letter, penned by FFRF attorney Patrick Elliott, stated. (read more)

Atheist Group Plans to Protest Homeschooling Convention in Texas

A small band of outspoken atheists is planning to stage a protest at a yearly Christian homeschool convention this summer. “The Nones,” a group of atheist activists based out of Dallas, recently posted a two hour-long Google+ chat video on YouTube, in which four members of the organization are seen expressing their consternation with Christian homeschooling. The video, entitled “Home School Abuse by Creationists,” was posted on Sunday, and has since generated hundreds of comments.

While the participants in the video claim that they do not want to suppress religious freedom, they repeatedly state that something must be done to monitor what is taught to homeschool students, especially in regard to science curricula. One of the chat participants, simply identified as “Sister Lilandra,” comments at one point, “There has to be some way to regulate [homeschooling].” (read more)

 

The list could go further and further, by the way. Of course it’s a right condoned by State, which must be separated from any form of religiousness (they could as well be separated from atheistic, materialistic creeds also!), however I’d like to pay attention to their total indifference over certain monuments, events and symbols clearly linked to religions, but not Judeo-Christian ones…

Many people, mainly these fond of scientific matters, are aware of the CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research) whose purpose is to study physical events at subatomic level, and, interestingly,  is the birthplace of the Internet!

No problem here (despite the fear that it can supposedly cause a doomsday black hole capable of swallowing the entire Earth… Just kidding!). But, if you get to visit the lab, you’ll surely face an interesting, far from scientific monument:

 

Oh yes, Shiva, an Hindu DEITY! Based on the well known behavior of the atheists against Christian symbols, and they alleged commitment against religiousness, we should expect a passionate wave of protests in front of the CERN building… Or, at least a handful of secularist persons demanding the hasty removal of the statue (as they would quick do if it was instead a banner with the 10 commandments or a (Catholic) image of Jesus). But, we see none of them saying a iota against it! Another case:

Wiccan Academy Teaches Pagan Witchcraft in Downtown New York City

 

crystal ball pd

NEW YORK – A small academy in Manhattan is teaching students as young as five years old how to practice witchcraft and become full-fledged Wiccan sorcerers.

The Wiccan Family Temple Academy of Pagan Studies (WFTAPS), founded six years ago, is the first school of its kind in the New York City area, and offers a three-year witchcraft program. Topics covered in the academy’s biweekly classes include “Moon Magick,” “Pagan Parenting,” “Psychic Self-Defense,” and “Becoming a Wealthy Witch.”

Even though most courses are designed for adults, the school also offers a “Dragon Academy” for elementary and middle school-aged students who are interested in witchcraft. (read more)

Hey, where’s Dawkins getting mad and blaming the academy for child abuse now? Ops, he’s certainly too busy preaching the evolution somewhere!

Do you like to game? What about this gruesome event stunted by Sony, in 2007?

 

Slaughter: Horror at Sony’s depraved promotion stunt with decapitated goat

Electronics giant Sony has sparked a major row over animal cruelty and the ethics of the computer industry by using a freshly slaughtered goat to promote a violent video game.
The corpse of the decapitated animal was the centrepiece of a party to celebrate the launch of the God Of War II game for the company’s PlayStation 2 console. 

goat

GRUESOME: One of the party hosts stands over the goat’s carcass

Guests at the event were even invited to reach inside the goat’s still-warm carcass to eat offal from its stomach.

Sickening images of the party have appeared in the company’s official PlayStation magazine – but after being contacted by The Mail on Sunday, Sony issued an apology for the gruesome stunt and promised to recall the entire print run.

Critics condemned the entertainment giant, which produces scores of Hollywood blockbusters each year, for its “blood lust” and said the grotesque “sacrifice” highlighted increasing concerns over the content of video games and the lengths to which the industry will go to exploit youngsters.

At the event, guests competed to see who could eat the most offal procured elsewhere and intended to resemble the goat’s intestines  from its stomach.

They also threw knives at targets and pulled live snakes from a pit with their bare hands.

Topless girls added to the louche atmosphere by dipping grapes into guests’ mouths, while a male model portraying Kratos, the game’s warrior hero, handed out garlands. (read more)

We can also notice the silence of these groups in regard to many other things, much more offensive, dangerous and wrong than mere Christians symbols and verses, such as the increasing erotization, vulgarity on TV and internet; pornography; too much violence, gore, bloodiness on movies, consumerism; selling of alcohol & tobacco, aborts, legalization of cannabis, hedonism, and so on… Worse than that, many of them can actually condone some of these stuffs.

It’s not a surprise that unbelievers act like this, using two measures: one against God, Jesus Christ et al., and other for everything else! This is well explained by God’s Scriptures:

John 7:7  “The world can’t hate you, but it hates Me, because I testify about it, that its works are evil.”

Also:

Psalms 2: 

“1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,

3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.”

It’s a global phenomena, wherever the Christianity goes, it faces opposition, rebuking, harshness in many different ways and spheres. So, don’t be dismayed if you are facing any trouble because of your commitment to The Lord, He warned us:

John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

God bless you!

Hitler and Christianity

From: Constitutionalistnc and Thriceholy sites

Goebbels, Nazi Minister of Propaganda, noted:

“The Fuhrer is deeply religious, though completely anti-Christian. He views Christianity as a symptom of decay. Rightly so. It is a branch of the Jewish race… Both [Judaism and Christianity] have no point of contact to the animal element, and thus, in the end, they will be destroyed.”

(Click HERE to see the chart by itself. You can then use the resizing gadget (bottom right) to get a full-screen view of it)

OFFICE OF STRATEGIC SERVICES

Research and Analysis Branch

R & A No. 3114.4

THE NAZI MASTER PLAN

Annex 4: The Persecution of the Christian Churches

Description

This study describes, with illustrative factual evidence, Nazi purposes, policies, and methods of persecuting the Christian Churches in Germany and occupied Europe.

DRAFT FOR THE WAR CRIMES STAFF

6 July 1945

**************************************************************************************

NAZISM AND CHRISTIANITY

(The above is a photo of a Nazi belt-buckle saying “Gott mit uns” — or “God with us”, in English. Which conception of god is being referred to is of course not specified. Nazism did have some attachment to old pagan gods and even Allah found some favour)

“My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God’s truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. 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 adders. How terrific was His fight for the world against the Jewish poison. To-day, 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 if there is anything which could demonstrate that we are acting rightly it is the distress that daily grows. For as a Christian I have also a duty to my own people.

— Adolf Hitler, in a speech on 12 April 1922 (Norman H. Baynes, ed. The Speeches of Adolf Hitler, April 1922-August 1939, Vol. 1 of 2, pp. 19-20, Oxford University Press, 1942)

So was Hitler really a Christian or was he just using the knowledge of Christianity that came from his Catholic schooling as a propaganda tool? I think the deeds of his regime answer that much more clearly than words could (for more on the words, see here) so let us look at what Nazism did and tried to do:

Adolf Hitler was politically astute enough to maintain some public distance between himself and the Neo-Pagan ideologues of the Nazi Party. But he was not far from them at heart. After his death documentation became available showing that Hitler had approved grandiose plans to wean the German churches away from Christianity and into the Neo-Pagan fold. To quote Shirer in The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich:

“…under the leadership of Rosenberg, Bormann and Himmler, who were backed by Hitler, the Nazi regime intended eventually 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. As Bormann, one of the men closest to Hitler, said publicly in 1941, ‘National Socialism and Christianity are irreconcilable.’

What the Hitler government envisioned for Germany was clearly set out in a thirty-point program for the ‘National Reich Church’ drawn up during the war by Rosenberg, an outspoken pagan…

“The National Reich Church of Germany categorically claims the exclusive right and the exclusive power to control all churches within the borders of the Reich: it declares these to be national churches of the German Reich.

“The National Church is determined to exterminate irrevocably…the strange and foreign Christian faiths imported into Germany in the ill-omened year 800…

“The National Church has no scribes, pastors, chaplains or priests, but National Reich orators are to speak in them.

“The National Church demands immediate cessation of the publishing and dissemination of the Bible in Germany…'”

“On the altars there must be nothing but ‘Mein Kampf’ (to the German nation and therefore to God the most sacred book) and to the left of the altar a sword.

“On the day of its foundation, the Christian Cross must be removed from all churches, cathedrals and chapels…and it must be superseded by the only unconquerable symbol, the swastika.”

(The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, by William L. Shirer, p. 240 in some editions, p. 332 in others. Chapter headed “Triumph and Consolidation”, subsection “The Persecution of the Christian Churches”)

Martin Bormann was faithful to Hitler till the end, sprinkling gasoline on the bodies after Hitler’s suicide. This true believer put it this way:

“National Socialist and Christian concepts are incompatible. The Christian Churches build upon the ignorance of men and strive to keep large portions of the people in ignorance because only in this way can the Christian Churches maintain their power. On the other hand, National Socialism is based on scientific foundations. Christianity’s immutable principles, which were laid down almost two thousand years ago, have increasingly stiffened into life-alien dogmas. National Socialism, however, if it wants to fulfill its task further, must always guide itself according to the newest data of scientific researches.

“The Christian Churches have long been aware that exact scientific knowledge poses a threat to their existence. Therefore, by means of such pseudo-sciences as theology, they take great pains to suppress or falsify scientific research…No one would know anything about Christianity if pastors had not crammed it down his throat in his childhood. The so-called loving God by no means reveals the knowledge of His existence to young people, but amazingly enough, and despite His omnipotence, He leaves this to the efforts of a pastor. When in the future our youth no longer hear anything about this Christianity, whose doctrine is far below our own, Christianity will automatically disappear.

“[…] When we National Socialists speak of a belief in God…[we mean] [t]he force which moves all these bodies in the universe, in accordance with natural law, is what we call the Almighty or God. The assertion that this world-force can worry about the fate of every individual, every bacillus on earth, and that it can be influenced by so-called prayer or other astonishing things, is based either on a suitable dose of naivete or on outright commercial effrontery.”

“Any influence that would impair or damage the leadership of the people exercised by the Fuhrer with the aid of the NSDAP has to be eliminated. To an ever increasing degree the people must be wrested from Churches and their agents, the pastors…Only the Reich leadership, together with the party and the organs and associations connected with it, has a right to lead the people. Just as the harmful influence of astrologists, soothsayers, and other swindlers has been suppressed by the state, so it must be absolutely impossible for the Church to exercise its old influence.”

(Martin Bormann, Reich Leader, 1942, ‘National Socialist and Christian Concepts are Incompatible’, From Kirchliches Jahrbuch fur die evangelische Kirche in Deutschland, 1933-1944, pp. 470-472, quoted pp. 245-247, George L. Mosse, Nazi Culture: A Documentary History).

Hitler’s contempt for Christians and the Bible was genuine and well-attested. Of Roman Catholic upbringing, he was, however, a theist, who seems to have had a vague religious faith, attributing his escape from Stauffenberg’s bomb to “Providence.” (Colonel Stauffenberg had placed a briefcase containing a bomb at the Fuhrer’s feet, then hastily departed. Not owing to any break in the course of nature, but simply because somebody found the clumsy briefcase to be in the way, it had been moved before exploding, and Hitler survived.) He spoke to the nation: “The bomb planted by Colonel Count Stauffenberg exploded two meters to the right of me…I myself an entirely unhurt, aside from some very minor scratches, bruises and burns. I regard this as a confirmation of the task imposed upon me by Providence…” (The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, William L. Shirer, p. 1069). He considered this “Providence” to favor the strong over the weak:

“…I may be no pious churchgoer, but deep within me I am nevertheless a devout man. That is to say, I believe that he who fights valiantly obeying the laws which a god has established and who never capitulates but instead gathers his forces time after time and always pushes forward—such a man will not be abandoned by the Lawgiver. Rather, he will ultimately receive the blessing of Providence.”

(Adolf Hitler, in his June 26, 1944 speech to industrialists, quoted by Albert Speer, p. 555, Inside the Third Reich.)

But He was no Christian, and his movement was no celebration of Christianity. He thought ill of Christianity, preferring Islam for its warrior spirit:

“You see, it’s been our misfortune to have the wrong religion. Why didn’t we have the religion of the Japanese, who regard sacrifice for the Fatherland as the highest good? The Mohammedan religion too would have been much more compatible to us than Christianity. Why did it have to be Christianity with its meekness and flabbiness?”

(Adolf Hitler, quoted by Albert Speer, p. 96, Inside the Third Reich.)

The “meekness and flabbiness” to which Hitler objected in Christianity fell straight from the lips of its Founder:

“But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.” (Matthew 5:39).

While it is difficult to fix the boundary between the fringe and the mainstream, the general tenor of Nazi ideology was in favor of the old Nordic paganism and against Christianity:

“The German people is no longer blinded by illusions as at the time of the Reformation. It has come to recognize not only Judaism, but Christianity too, as foreign to its genius.– Der Blitz, January 12, 1936, quoted p. 6, The War Against God, edited by Carl Carmer).

“But today a new faith is awakening: the myth of the blood…Then in place of the Old Testament stories of cattle breeders and the exploitation of prostitutes, we shall have the Nordic sagas and fairy tales, at first simply recounted, later assuming the form of symbols.” (Alfred Rosenberg, Myth of the Twentieth Century, 1932, quoted p. 6, The War Against God, edited by Carl Carmer).

“The teaching of mercy and love of one’s neighbor is foreign to the German race and the Sermon on the Mount is according to Nordic sentiment an ethic for cowards and idiots.– Hans Hauptmann, Bolshevism in the Bible (Nazi textbook), 1937, quoted p. 28, The War Against God, edited by Carl Carmer).

“If Jehovah has lost all meaning for us Germans, the same must be said of Jesus Christ, his son…He certainly lacks those characteristics which he would require to be a true German. Indeed, he is as disappointing, if we read his record carefully, as is his father.– E. K. Heidemann, ‘What the Christian Does not Know about Christianity,’ September, 1935, quoted p. 105, The War Against God, edited by Carl Carmer).

And perhaps a summary of the conclusions of Michael Burleigh should also form a summary here. Burleigh is the historian who has perhaps done most to look at the relationship between Nazism and religion:

“In both The Third Reich and Sacred Causes, Burleigh emphasizes the widely unknown or deliberately ignored fact that the strongest opposition to Nazi ideology and criminality came from conservative “men of God.” This is no accident. While left-wing critics of Nazism wrongly saw in it only a virulent version of either “late capitalism” or German nationalism, its conservative Christian opponents were far more sensitive to the movement’s profoundly antitraditional character. The more discerning among them saw in Nazism nothing less than a “revolution of nihilism.” And not a few of them courageously rose to the challenge of resisting the new barbarism.

In addition to Bishop Clemens August Graf von Galen, the “lion of Munster,” who in a series of famous sermons in 1941 denounced the murderous Nazi euthanasia campaign, some of the Austrian and German bishops did not shrink from attacking the “racist madness” of Nazism. In his great encyclicalMit brennender Sorge (1938), written pointedly in German and clandestinely smuggled into Germany, Pope Pius XI attacked modern racialism, the cynical Nazi appropriation of Christian symbolism, nationalist idolatry, and a false cult of human greatness. Likewise, in the first encyclical of his pontificate, Summi pontificis, released in the fall of 1939, Pius XII affirmed the “fundamental unity” of the human race and expressed his profound sympathy for the plight of Poland. The whole world had no doubt at the time whom the same pontiff had in mind in his 1942 Christmas message when he spoke of “the hundreds of thousands of innocent people put to death or doomed to slow extinction, sometimes merely because of their race or descent.” This prudent, perhaps too prudent, diplomat-pope, despising National Socialism but solicitous of putting an end to a suicidal total war, helped inspire the heroic witness of groups like Temoignage chretien in France (whose anti-Nazi pamphleteers included such eminent philosophers and theologians as Gaston Fessard and Henri de Lubac) as well as the Italian Catholics who saved tens of thousands of Jews in the fall of 1944 when the Nazis unleashed full scale war against the Jews in occupied Italy.

The rewriting of history to suggest that the Christian West was somehow culpable in the murderous agenda of the National Socialists is one of the greatest intellectual distortions of our time. Burleigh has done a great service by recovering an appreciation for the impregnable wall that separated the Christian religion — with its affirmation of the fundamental unity of the human race and of conscience informed by right reason — from both the “horrors of applied rationality” (communism) and the National Socialist religion of the absolutized human will. This project of historical and moral restoration achieves something like its finished form in his magisterial two-volume history of political religion, Earthly Powers and Sacred Causes.

__________________________________________________________

THE ACCUSATION

 

What motivated Adolf Hitler to exterminate millions of human beings? Some people say, the Christian faith. Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, a leading Jewish critic of Christianity, lists the Holocaust in a series of atrocities committed by followers of Jesus “in his name:”

It is unjust to hold Jesus accountable for the millennia of anti-Semitism perpetrated in his name. . . Jesus never urged crusaders onward as they marched through Europe massacring Jews. . . And what he certainly did not do was put the Zyklon-B gas into the crematoria of Auschwitz.”

(Boteach, Shmuley (2011-12-07). Kosher Jesus. Gefen Publishing House. Kindle Edition.).

Is this perception accurate, that the Nazis acted in the name of Jesus? Another:

“In his Adolf Hitler: The Definitive Biography, John Toland wrote of Hitler’s religious position at the time of the ‘final solution:’ ‘Still a member in good standing of the Church of Rome despite detestation of its hierarchy, he carried within him its teaching that the Jew was the killer of god. The extermination, therefore, could be done without a twinge of conscience since he was merely acting as the avenging hand of god — so long as it was done impersonally, without cruelty.'” (Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion, p. 311).

You would think Darwinians would be embarrassed to mention Hitler, but these people know no embarrassment. This accusation, that Adolf Hitler was a devout Christian whose crimes were motivated by zeal for Jesus, is oft repeated by the New Atheists. Is it accurate?

Against this claim is the historic fact that German Jews could not save themselves through conversion, a historic escape route from religious persecution. Adolf Hitler did not much care what a person’s religion was, rather he cared about racial background, which is unaffected by present belief or confession. Moreover, there remains an abundance of evidence as to the religious convictions of the Nazis. They were religious in their own way, though nothing so conventional as Christianity. How best to describe their faith? Was it a new sect or variant of Christianity, or is it better categorized as neo-Paganism?

When challenged to defend their claim that Adolf Hitler was a devout Christian, the atheists substitute a completely different accusation, namely that those Europeans of the day who were Christians, whether through cowardice, inertia, or indifference, failed to do what was in their power to stop Hitler. This latter accusation no doubt carries substantial weight, but it is completely different from the initial indictment. Moreover these critics display a childish ingratitude, seeming unaware that it wasn’t Jewish atheists alone who brought Hitler down. Looking to those brave men who gave their lives to defeat Nazism, what more do these critics expect, no, demand, them to have done? To restore the focus where it belongs, on the initial charge: what was the Nazis’ religion? Were their murders indeed motivated by their purported Christian faith, as is alleged?

Idolatry

Adolf Hitler was politically astute enough to maintain some public distance between himself and the Neo-Pagan ideologues of the Nazi Party. But he was not far from them at heart. On the one hand he put out the ‘welcome’ mat for Christians to enter his movement: “The most devoted Protestant could stand side by side with the most devoted Catholic in our ranks without having his conscience disturbed in the slightest as far as concerned his religious convictions.” (Hitler, Adolf (2012-07-28). Mein Kampf (Kindle Locations 8778-8779). Kindle Edition.) On the other hand he plotted the destruction of the Christian churches, or rather the substitution of alien content for the gospel proclamation. After Hitler’s death documentation became available showing that Hitler had approved grandiose plans to wean the German churches away from Christianity and into the Neo-Pagan fold: “…under the leadership of Rosenberg, Bormann and Himmler, who were backed by Hitler, the Nazi regime intended eventually 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.” (William L. Shirer, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, p. 240).

Like fellow dictators Kim Il Sung and Josef Stalin, Hitler even offered himself as an object for worship. School children in Cologne were instructed to recite the following ‘invocation’ before meals:

“Fuhrer, my Fuhrer, bequeathed to me by the Lord,

Protect and preserve me as long as I live!

Thou hast rescued Germany from deepest distress,

I thank thee today for my daily bread.

Abideth thou long with me, forsaketh me not,

Fuhrer, my Fuhrer, my faith and my light!

Heil, mein Fuhrer!” (George L. Mosse, Nazi Culture, p. 241)

This is ‘religious’ to be sure; however, it would make Christians uneasy. The early Christian martyrs perished rather than offer worship to Caesar, a mere man.

Some took offense: “Oskar Kusch, the commander of U-154, destroys a photograph of Hitler in an outburst of iconoclasm, shouting ‘We don’t worship idols here.’ Shortly afterwards he is denounced by his second in command, Ulrich Abel, who was a judge before joining the Navy. Accused of sedition and defeatism, Kusch is executed immediately.” (Video Documentary, U-Boats: Hitler’s Sharks, Part 3, ‘The Sound of Drums,’ presented by Eduardo Estrella Suanzes, a Pacific Media Production, 44:06-33).

Selective Breeding

Hitler’s central perception that ‘Nature’ was a machine set up for the purpose of selective breeding was, of course, not original with himself. Credit must be given to Charles Darwin. This paradigm led to the murder of blameless retarded children, and ultimately to the Jews as well, considered a degraded race; these were the worthless and useless “excrescences” which a healthy society must prune away:

No, the sentimental attitude would be the wrong one to adopt. Even in those days I already saw that there was a two-fold method by which alone it would be possible to bring about an amelioration of these conditions. This method is: first, to create better fundamental conditions of social development by establishing a profound feeling for social responsibilities among the public; second, to combine this feeling for social responsibilities with a ruthless determination to prune away all excrescences which are incapable of being improved.

Just as Nature concentrates its greatest attention, not to the maintenance of what already exists but on the selective breeding of offspring in order to carry on the species, so in human life also it is less a matter of artificially improving the existing generation – which, owing to human characteristics, is impossible in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred – and more a matter of securing from the very start a better road for future development. ”

(Hitler, Adolf (2012-07-28). Mein Kampf (Kindle Locations 635-642). Kindle Edition).

Where, after all, does all this come from?

“In striving for this it must bear in mind the fact that we are members of the highest species of humanity on this earth, that we have a correspondingly high duty, and that we shall fulfill this duty only if we inspire the German people with the racial idea, so that they will occupy themselves not merely with the breeding of good dogs and horses and cats, but also care for the purity of their own blood.” (Hitler, Adolf (2012-07-28). Mein Kampf (Kindle Locations 10036-10039). Kindle Edition.)

“The Weltanschhauung which bases the State on the racial idea must finally succeed in bringing about a nobler era, in which men will no longer pay exclusive attention to breeding and rearing pedigree dogs and horses and cats, but will endeavour to improve the breed of the human race itself.” (Hitler, Adolf (2012-07-28). Mein Kampf (Kindle Locations 6400-6402). Kindle Edition.)

If Darwinian atheists like Richard Dawkins were capable of feeling shame, they would keep quiet about this man. He took their ideas and built a society around them. It was a horror. People who are not familiar with the New Atheists may be surprised to learn the levels to which intellectual dishonesty can descend: they make this man the center-piece of their case against Christianity, claiming he was a Christian. In reality, he is proof against the idea that, if matters of ethics are under discussion, the Darwinians should be let into the room. Else this is what we get:

“We civilized men, on the other hand, do our utmost to check the process of elimination; we build asylums for the imbecile, the maimed, and the sick; we institute poor-laws; and our medical men exert their utmost skill to save the life of every one to the last moment. . .Thus the weak members of civilized societies propagate their kind. No one who has attended to the breeding of domestic animals will doubt that this must be highly injurious to the race of man. It is surprising how soon a want of care, or care wrongly directed, leads to the degeneration of a domestic race; but excepting in the case of man himself, hardly any one is so ignorant as to allow his worst animals to breed.” (Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man, Chapter 5).

PAGAN NATURE MYSTICISM

Richard Dawkins speaks longingly of a future religion of the pale blue dot: a religion based, not on Bronze Age myths, but on Darwinian evolution. Where has he been? They already had that; it’s called Nazism, and it didn’t work: it left a great big pile of dead bodies that needed to be cleaned up.

While it is difficult to fix the boundary between lunatic fringe and mainstream in a political movement which was all lunatic fringe, the general tenor of Nazi ideology was in favor of the old Nordic paganism and against Christianity:

“The German people is no longer blinded by illusions as at the time of the Reformation. It has come to recognize not only Judaism, but Christianity too, as foreign to its genius.Der Blitz, January 12, 1936, quoted p. 6, The War Against God, edited by Carl Carmer).

“But today a new faith is awakening: the myth of the blood…Then in place of the Old Testament stories of cattle breeders and the exploitation of prostitutes, we shall have the Nordic sagas and fairy tales, at first simply recounted, later assuming the form of symbols.” (Alfred Rosenberg, Myth of the Twentieth Century, 1932, quoted p. 6, The War Against God, edited by Carl Carmer).

“The teaching of mercy and love of one’s neighbor is foreign to the German race and the Sermon on the Mount is according to Nordic sentiment an ethic for cowards and idiots. Hans Hauptmann, Bolshevism in the Bible (Nazi textbook), 1937, quoted p. 28, The War Against God, edited by Carl Carmer).

“If Jehovah has lost all meaning for us Germans, the same must be said of Jesus Christ, his son…He certainly lacks those characteristics which he would require to be a true German. Indeed, he is as disappointing, if we read his record carefully, as is his father. E. K. Heidemann, ‘What the Christian Does not Know about Christianity,’ September, 1935, quoted p. 105, The War Against God, edited by Carl Carmer).

This new pagan nature mysticism, a hot-house plant springing up under Nazi care, lacked coherent definition, but owed its martial character to Charles Darwin’s conception of nature as a theater of struggle. The Nazis also took from Darwin and his successors their preference for racial eugenics.

SCIENTISM

As with Richard Dawkins’ longed-for ‘Pale Blue Dot’ religion, the Nazis’ paganism incorporated a generous dose of scientism: the idea that the scientific method is not only useful, but is an all-purpose guide to The Truth. Martin Bormann was faithful to Hitler till the end, sprinkling gasoline on the bodies after Hitler’s suicide. As Bormann, one of the men closest to Hitler, said publicly in 1941, ‘National Socialism and Christianity are irreconcilable.'” (The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, by William L. Shirer, p. 240). This true believer puts it this way:

“National Socialist and Christian concepts are incompatible. The Christian Churches build upon the ignorance of men and strive to keep large portions of the people in ignorance because only in this way can the Christian Churches maintain their power. On the other hand, National Socialism is based on scientific foundations. Christianity’s immutable principles, which were laid down almost two thousand years ago, have increasingly stiffened into life-alien dogmas. National Socialism, however, if it wants to fulfill its task further, must always guide itself according to the newest data of scientific researches.

The Christian Churches have long been aware that exact scientific knowledge poses a threat to their existence. Therefore, by means of such pseudo-sciences as theology, they take great pains to suppress or falsify scientific research. Our National Socialist world view stands on a much higher level than the concepts of Christianity, which in their essentials were taken over from Judaism. For this reason, too, we can do without Christianity.

No one would know anything about Christianity if pastors had not crammed it down his throat in his childhood. The so-called loving God by no means reveals the knowledge of His existence to young people, but amazingly enough, and despite His omnipotence, He leaves this to the efforts of a pastor. When in the future our youth no longer hear anything about this Christianity, whose doctrine is far below our own, Christianity will automatically disappear.

It is also astonishing that prior to our own era nothing was known to mankind about this Christian God and even since then the great majority of the inhabitants of our earth have known nothing about Christianity. Because of this, according to the arrogant Christian dogma, they are damned from the outset.

When we National Socialists speak of a belief in God, by God we do not understand, as do naive Christians and their clerical beneficiaries, a manlike being who is sitting around in some corner of the spheres. Rather, we must open the eyes of mankind to the fact that in addition to our unimportant Earth there exist countless other bodies in the universe, many of them surrounded, like the sun, by planets and these again by smaller bodies, the moons. The force which moves all these bodies in the universe, in accordance with natural law, is what we call the Almighty or God. The assertion that this world-force can worry about the fate of every individual, every bacillus on earth, and that it can be influenced by so-called prayer or other astonishing things, is based either on a suitable dose of naivete or on outright commercial effrontery.”

[…] Any influence that would impair or damage the leadership of the people exercised by the Fuhrer with the aid of the NSDAP has to be eliminated. To an ever increasing degree the people must be wrested from Churches and their agents, the pastors. Obviously, the Churches, from their standpoint, will and must defend themselves against this loss of power. But never again must the Church regain an influence in the leadership of the people. This must absolutely and finally be broken.

Only the Reich leadership, together with the party and the organs and associations connected with it, has a right to lead the people. Just as the harmful influence of astrologists, soothsayers, and other swindlers has been suppressed by the state, so it must be absolutely impossible for the Church to exercise its old influence.”

(Martin Bormann, Reich Leader, 1942, ‘National Socialist and Christian Concepts are Incompatible’, From Kirchliches Jahrbuch fur die evangelische Kirche in Deutschland, 1933-1944, pp. 470-472, quoted pp. 245-247, George L. Mosse, Nazi Culture: A Documentary History).

What, then, was the Nazi’s religion? Nature as the object of awe and wonder and the sole moral sanction:

“In contrast, we National Socialists call upon ourselves to live as naturally as possible — that is, in keeping with the laws of life. The more thoroughly we know and attend to the laws of nature and life, the more we adhere to them, the more do we correspond to the will of the Almighty. The deeper our insight into the will of the Almighty, the greater will be our success.” (Martin Bormann, Reich Leader, 1942, ‘National Socialist and Christian Concepts are Incompatible’, From Kirchliches Jahrbuch fur die evangelische Kirche in Deutschland, 1933-1944, pp. 470-472, quoted pp. 245-247, George L. Mosse, Nazi Culture: A Documentary History).

The “will of the Almighty,” in case you haven’t picked up on it by now, is the survival of the fittest.

FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE

Other streams converged to make up this muddy flood, including atheist Friedrich Nietzsche’s concept of the Superman. Atheist Friedrich Nietzsche perceived the Bible as the spark that lit a slave rebellion:

“The Jews—a people ‘born for slavery,’ as Tacitus and the whole ancient world say; ‘the chosen people among the peoples,’ as they themselves say and believe—the Jews have brought off that miraculous feat of an inversion of values. . .This inversion of values (which includes using the word ‘poor’ as synonymous with ‘holy’ and ‘friend’) constitutes the significance of the Jewish people: they mark the beginning of the slave rebellion in morals.” (Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, p. 108, Section 195, Natural History of Morals).

What is he talking about? As all atheists know, the Bible is a book championing the interests of slave-masters, not slaves. Only, not if you read it. Had the law of Moses been scrupulously followed, debt slavery should not have existed at all within nation Israel:

“If one of your brethren becomes poor, and falls into poverty among you, then you shall help him, like a stranger or a sojourner, that he may live with you. . . And if one of your brethren who dwells by you becomes poor, and sells himself to you, you shall not compel him to serve as a slave. As a hired servant and a sojourner he shall be with you, and shall serve you until the Year of Jubilee. And then he shall depart from you — he and his children with him — and shall return to his own family. He shall return to the possession of his fathers. For they are My servants, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt; they shall not be sold as slaves. You shall not rule over him with rigor, but you shall fear your God.” (Leviticus 25:35-43).

Every 49 years Israel was to hold a year of jubilee. At this time, farmlands that had been sold were reclaimed by their original owners, debts were remitted, and anyone who had fallen into a condition of servitude was liberated. Every 49 years the deck was reshuffled and economic inequities that had built up in the meantime were drawn back to the starting point. For many years after the Civil War, African Americans celebrated the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation as ‘Jubilee Day’. We have a sort of rolling jubilee built into our own law code, in the form of bankruptcy law.]

Friedrich Nietzsche was important to the Nazis because he pioneered a frankly non-egalitarian morality. An atheist, he was in no way beholden to the sentimental concern for others’ welfare that motivated, for example, the Christian abolitionists:

Hitler took from Nietzsche the “aristocratic principle,” that the strong are the good and the weak are contemptible:

“The Jewish doctrine of Marxism repudiates the aristocratic principle of Nature and substitutes for it the eternal privilege of force and energy, numerical mass and its dead weight.” (Hitler, Adolf (2012-07-28). Mein Kampf (Kindle Locations 1181-1182). Kindle Edition.)

Though they perhaps overstated the degree of synergy, there certainly was an element of convergence between the atheist Nietzsche’s thought and their own:

“Consciousness is only a tool, a detail in the totality of life. In opposition to the philosophy of the conscious, Nietzsche asserts the aristocracy of nature. But for thousands of years a life-weary morality has opposed the aristocracy of the strong and healthy. Like National Socialism, Nietzsche sees in the state, in society, the ‘great mandatory of life’ responsible for each life’s failure to life itself. ‘The species requires the extinction of the misfits, weaklings, and degenerates: but Christianity as a conserving force appeals especially to them.’ Here we encounter the basic contradiction: whether one proceeds from a natural life context or from an equality of individual souls before God. Ultimately the ideal of democratic equality rests upon the latter assumption. The former contains the foundations of a new policy. It takes unexcelled boldness to base a state upon the race. A new order of things is the natural consequence.” (‘Nietzche and National Socialism,’ by Alfred Baeumler, quoted in George L. Mosse, Nazi Culture, p. 100).

The Nazis conserved that element in Nietzsche’s thought that assigned a positive value to possessors of health, strength, and success, and a negative one to those afflicted by sickness, weakness, and failure. To the former belong praise and honor, to the latter contempt. Who has ever thought otherwise? Think, the Beatitudes.

What were America’s Christian abolitionists thinking? Didn’t they know the Bible endorses slavery? Today’s atheists are convinced that it does. They might be less convinced were they ever to read it. For more resources on slavery, the Bible, and Christianity, see:

Was Adolf Hitler a Christian?

Hitler’s contempt for Christians and the Bible was genuine and well-attested. Of Roman Catholic upbringing, he was, however, a theist, who seems to have had a vague religious faith, attributing his escape from Stauffenberg’s bomb to “Providence.” (Colonel Stauffenberg had placed a briefcase containing a bomb at the Fuhrer’s feet, then hastily departed. Not owing to any break in the course of nature, but simply because somebody found the clumsy briefcase to be in the way, it had been moved before exploding, and Hitler survived.) He spoke to the nation: “The bomb planted by Colonel Count Stauffenberg exploded two meters to the right of me…I myself an entirely unhurt, aside from some very minor scratches, bruises and burns. I regard this as a confirmation of the task imposed upon me by Providence…” (The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, William L. Shirer, p. 1069). He considered this “Providence” to favor the strong over the weak:

“…I may be no pious churchgoer, but deep within me I am nevertheless a devout man. That is to say, I believe that he who fights valiantly obeying the laws which a god has established and who never capitulates but instead gathers his forces time after time and always pushes forward—such a man will not be abandoned by the Lawgiver. Rather, he will ultimately receive the blessing of Providence.” (Adolf Hitler, in his June 26, 1944 speech to industrialists, quoted by Albert Speer, p. 555, Inside the Third Reich.)

Hitler viewed human history as a directed process, as the opening lines of Mein Kampf demonstrate: “It has turned out fortunate for me to-day that destiny appointed Braunau-on-the-Inn to be my birthplace.” (Hitler, Adolf (2012-07-28). Mein Kampf (Kindle Location 252). Kindle Edition.) History as a goal-oriented process, whether the underlying paradigm be pantheism, paganism or Hegelianism:

“At that time my lot in life seemed to me a harsh one; but to-day I see in it the wise workings of Providence. The Goddess of Fate clutched me in her hands and often threatened to smash me; but the will grew stronger as the obstacles increased, and finally the will triumphed.” (Hitler, Adolf (2012-07-28). Mein Kampf (Kindle Locations 503-505). Kindle Edition.)

Again, “He who is not capable of passionate feeling and speech was never chosen by Providence to be the herald of its will.” (Hitler, Adolf (2012-07-28). Mein Kampf (Kindle Locations 1849-1850); “Nations that make mongrels of their people, or allow their people to be turned into mongrels, sin against the Will of Eternal Providence.” (Hitler, Adolf (2012-07-28). Mein Kampf (Kindle Locations 5191-5192). Kindle Edition). Whether ‘Providence’ is the same thing as the oft-invoked ‘Nature,’ hypostatized as a willing, devising agent, is not expressly stated but seems like a safe bet.

In his autobiography, Hitler explains that he had not been raised an anti-semite:

“To-day it is hard and almost impossible for me to say when the word ‘Jew’ first began to raise any particular thought in my mind. I do not remember even having heard the word at home during my father’s lifetime. If this name were mentioned in a derogatory sense I think the old gentleman would just have considered those who used it in this way as being uneducated reactionaries.” (Hitler, Adolf (2012-07-28). Mein Kampf (Kindle Locations 979-982). Kindle Edition.)

Hitler first began to hate the Jews upon his discovery of their disproportionate representation in the ranks of the Marxist leadership:

“I recalled to mind the names of the public leaders of Marxism, and then I realized that most of them belonged to the Chosen Race – the Social Democratic representatives in the Imperial Cabinet as well as the secretaries of the Trades Unions and the street agitators. Everywhere the same sinister picture presented itself. I shall never forget the row of names – Austerlitz, David, Adler, Ellenbogen, and others.” (Hitler, Adolf (2012-07-28). Mein Kampf (Kindle Locations 1128-1132).Kindle Edition.)

Incidentally he did not have to go to Vienna to observe this phenomenon, had he emigrated to the United States, he would have seen the very same thing: “Many of these younger radicals aligned themselves with communism during the Great Depression and World War II, the heyday of both the Communist Party and Jewish women’s involvement in its work. . .CP historians estimate, moreover, that almost half of the party’s membership was Jewish in the 1930s and 1940s, and that approximately 100,000 Jews passed through the party in those decades of high member turnover.” (Jewish Women’s Archive, Article, ‘Communism in the United States.’) Hitler posits that Marxism, were it ever triumphant, would exterminate the human race. This is a gross over-statement,— Marxism triumphant would lead to the impoverishment, both physical and spiritual, of the world, but not its extinction, nor do the Marxists themselves intend that outcome,— but it leads to his conclusion that, “And so I believe to-day that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator. In standing guard against the Jew I am defending the handiwork of the Lord.” (Hitler, Adolf (2012-07-28). Mein Kampf (Kindle Locations 1188-1189). Kindle Edition.)

Believing as he does in a ‘Providence’ displaying will and intentionality, indeed in creation as the willful act of some agent undefined but presumably more than a figure of speech, Hitler cannot fairly be foisted on the atheists. An accurate description of his religious affiliation would be ‘Neo-Pagan.’ Though there is undeniably an element of play-acting and artificiality in the Nazis’ re-enactment of ancient pagan Teutonic rituals, issuing in a religion as authentic as ‘Kwanzaa,’ they did sincerely believe that way lay health, while Christianity was sickness. You cannot make these people Christians in spite of themselves. Certainly Adolf Hitler was no Christian, and his movement no celebration of Christianity. He thought ill of Christianity, preferring Islam for its warrior spirit:

“You see, it’s been our misfortune to have the wrong religion. Why didn’t we have the religion of the Japanese, who regard sacrifice for the Fatherland as the highest good? The Mohammedan religion too would have been much more compatible to us than Christianity. Why did it have to be Christianity with its meekness and flabbiness?” (Adolf Hitler, quoted by Albert Speer, p. 96, Inside the Third Reich.)

The “meekness and flabbiness” to which Hitler objected in Christianity fell straight from the lips of its Founder:

But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.”

(Matthew 5:39).

Our own “War President” deals with such troublesome verses mostly by ignoring their existence.

While they obviously think there is somebody out there so naive as to believe Hitler was a Christian, the New Atheists are obliged to give a nod to the mountain of evidence that he was not:

“The heaviest blow that ever struck humanity was the coming of Christianity. Bolshevism is Christianity’s illegitimate child. Both are inventions of the Jew. The deliberate lie in the matter of religion was introduced into the world by Christianity. . .

“The reason why the ancient world was so pure, light and serene was that it knew nothing of the two great scourges: the pox and Christianity.

“When all is said, we have no reason to wish that the Italians and Spaniards should free themselves from the drug of Christianity. Let’s be the only people who are immunized against the disease.”

(quotations from Adolf Hitler’s Table Talk, Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion, pp. 312-313).

To paper over the obvious contradiction between these Hitler quotes and the New Atheist thesis that Hitler was a Christian, Richard Dawkins floats the preposterous hypothesis that Hitler experienced a “deconversion” in 1941! The problem here is that the New Atheists have convinced themselves that no difference between religions can be anything other than trivial and inconsequential. How else could their fundamental syllogism hold valid: ‘Nineteen Muslims hijackers flew airplanes into the World Trade towers, therefore Christianity is false’? Hitler was religious: he was a neo-Pagan. Aha, they say: he was religious, therefore he was a Christian! This is a distinction they cannot draw. The only categories they can bring to bear in analyzing ‘religion’ are ‘more’ and ‘less:’ if you are more religious, then you are a jihadi. And partly also they are following the lead of Jewish writers not quite clear on the difference in meaning between ‘Christian’ and ‘Gentile.’ The New Atheists cannot make any distinction between a man who falls prostrate between the “Goddess of Destiny” and a Christian, because their enterprise stands or falls with the assertion that such differences are meaningless.

Nobody over the age of 50 is likely to fall for the notion that Hitler was a Christian, because the night torch-light processions the Nazis loved so well, which were pagan to the core, are too firmly imprinted on the memory of the older generation. When the Nazis came in, Christmas was out, the winter solstice was in: “And the racial experts of the party already spoke reverently about renewing the myth. The traditional festivals had to take a back seat. Christmas developed into a feast of the winter solstice. The Hitler Youth no longer sang Christian Christmas carols, but ‘High Night of Clear Skies.’(From ‘Herne 1933-1945:’ Die Zeit des Nationalsozialismus, edited by Hermann Meyerhoff, excerpted p. 377, George L. Mosse: Nazi Culture). But, they say, there’s a sucker born every minute.

Germany’s Lutheran Church was so hollowed out by decades of liberalism that it provided very little resistance when the Nazis pushed on it. Like a post hollowed out by termites, it collapsed with a touch. Adolf Hitler cannot join the ranks of the twentieth century’s atheist mass killers, because he was a theist entranced with the occult, not an atheist, but he was certainly no Christian either. While he does not indulge in the open and vitriolic anti-Christian rhetoric of the Nazi ideologues, like Alfred Rosenberg, this seems less a matter of conviction that a cautious political pose. The correct category is ‘Neo-Pagan:’ there are forces operative in our world of such grandeur and power as to excite wonderment, principally the endless eternal struggle of organisms to survive, and these forces, slightly personified, as ‘Nature,’ ‘Fate,’ ‘Providence,’ are properly the objects of religious devotion. The Nazi propagandists turned out by the yard breathless invocations of these forces of nature, endued with a numinous aura. Richard Dawkins is on a quest to find the very same thing: the religion of the pale blue dot. While some of his associates seem to have wanted to resurrect the old Teutonic gods, I don’t think Hitler was quite that crazy: he was just a Darwinian evolutionist who worked up his preconceptions into a the finished form of pagan nature mysticism.

ETERNAL STRUGGLE

One striking divergence between Nazi political thought and Christianity is the conviction that “struggle” is, not a necessary evil which sometimes cannot be avoided, but the entire purpose of life:

The movement ought to educate its adherents to the principle that struggle must not be considered a necessary evil but as something to be desired in itself. Therefore they must not be afraid of the hostility which their adversaries manifest towards them but they must take it as a necessary condition on which their whole right to existence is based. They must not try to avoid being hated by those who are the enemies of our people and our philosophy of life, but must welcome such hatred.”

(Hitler, Adolf (2012-07-28). Mein Kampf (Kindle Locations 5574-5577) . Kindle Edition).

This discordant theme is struck over and over:

“They were brought back into the world of everlasting struggle, where one creature feeds on the other and where the death of the weaker implies the life of the stronger.” (Hitler, Adolf (2012-07-28). Mein Kampf (Kindle Locations 10507-10508). Kindle Edition.)

‘Nature’ is a theater of battle, and if you have been paying attention, ‘Nature’ is God. Who is to blame for this? Charles Darwin. There is no other responsible party at whose feet to lay the moral burden of having invented this abomination. The mythology of an endless struggle for existence, whose outcome is the survival of the fittest, is his baby. Ever notice how the loudest voices of the ‘Hitler was a Christian’ chorus belong to the New Atheists, all of them enthusiastic followers of the very man responsible for this moral horror? They have, in the years since, tried to sweep Social Darwinism under the rug, by redefining the unit upon which ‘Natural Selection’ works from the races and peoples who Charles Darwin quite naturally and naively thought were at issue, to the conveniently invisible ‘Selfish Gene.’ Or they have explicitly, and irrationally, taken a stance of human exceptionalism. They have done everything in the world but take responsibility. The Nazis did not think it possible for a people to live without religion, and so they invented one. The building blocks of this new world-view were not new: they are boiler-plate Social Darwinism. Oddly enough, the very people who are trying the hardest to reposition Hitler, as a Christian, are those who share his world-view.

 

RESPONSIBLE PARTIES

 

In the immediate aftermath of the Third Reich’s collapse, the victorious allies looked to punish those responsible for the killing fields of the twentieth century. They put the highest ranking Nazis who survived on trial at Nuremburg. (Unfortunately one colossal butcher, Josef Stalin, was standing right beside them on the winning side and suffered no scrutiny.) As the years went by, the ripples spread out further, as those Germans who passively watched Hitler’s rise to power acknowledged a degree of guilt. Although Hitler never won a majority in any free election, neither did the people rise up to overthrow his tyrannical rule. Of course, the Nazis were quite efficient in stamping down any such stirrings in their infancy.

At some point, however, the ripples expanded beyond reason. Why would anyone demand that African Christians beg pardon for Hitler, when Hitler, no Christian, thought that Africans were apes and didn’t mind saying so:

“From time to time our illustrated papers publish, for the edification of the German philistine, the news that in some quarter or other of the globe, and for the first time in that locality, a Negro has become a lawyer, a teacher, a pastor, even a grand opera tenor or something else of that kind. . .It does not dawn on the murky bourgeois mind that the fact which is published for him is a sin against reason itself, that it is an act of criminal insanity to train a being who is only an anthropoid by birth until the pretense can be made that he has been turned into a lawyer; while, on the other hand, millions who belong to the most civilized races have to remain in positions which are unworthy of their cultural level.” (Hitler, Adolf (2012-07-28). Mein Kampf (Kindle Locations 6795-6802). Kindle Edition.)

What’s next: demanding that the Gypsies apologize for Hitler? There is no justice in blaming other victims, not to mention those who fought on the other side and at great personal sacrifice brought down the Third Reich, for this man’s crimes.

On the other hand, it is true that Christian theologians who might be expected to know better have endorsed the old accusation that the Jews had enriched themselves through usury. It’s truly a shame Thomas Aquinas’ response to Margaret of Flanders shows no awareness of the principle underlying the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, that is, equal protection under the laws. Whatever revenue exactions her greedy heart desired should have fallen equally upon all those long-suffering souls unfortunate enough to be her subjects:

Now, following the judgment of this sort of restraint, you can in accordance with the customs of your predecessors make an exaction upon the Jews, only if, however, nothing else stands in the way. For it seems that, as far as I was able to conjecture from those things which you subsequently asked, your doubt mostly concerned this, that the Jews of your land seem to have nothing except what they acquired through the depravity of usury. And, hence, consequently you ask whether it is not licit to require something from them, and to whom the things thus required are to be restored.

On this matter therefore, it seems the response should be this, since the Jews may not licitly keep those things which they have extorted from others through usury, the consequence is also that if you receive these things from them neither may you licitly keep them, unless perhaps they be things that the Jews had extorted from you or from your ancestors hitherto. If, however, they have things which they extorted from others, these things, once demanded from them, you should restore to those to whom the Jews were bound to restore them.”

(Thomas Aquinas, Letter to Margaret of Flanders).

The correct response cannot possibly be to pretend that Adolf Hitler, with his cruel ideology of blood, endless struggle, race, and the survival of the fittest, was a Christian. The people who still believe that ideology ought to drop it, others need not apologize for the harm done by beliefs they do not hold. Some of what’s written on this topic is incoherent. Did the Nazis do things as were also done by the mobs of the Middle Ages, for completely different reasons? So did the Hutus do things like what the Turks had done to the Armenians. Therefore the Turks are responsible for the massacre of the Tutsis? The same party is responsible for all these things: the old Adam. They have no other linkage.

Militant atheism, organized skepticism and immorality: misogyny and sexism

From: SubversiveThinking  

Before you read this post, you have to be absolutely familiar with my series of posts on atheism and morality, in which I provide strong evidence for the philosophical view of leading contemporary atheistic intellectuals on morality.  These posts were not intended to defend that atheists are immoral, but to argue that atheism (as a worldview) cannot ground ontologically nor rationally the existence of objective morality. This is a philosophical fact which has absolutely nothing to do with whether atheists are good or bad.
But this post is different. In this post, I’ll provide evidence for certain kinds of immoral behaviour which are common (not merely exceptional) on the part of militant “skeptics” and atheists, which suggests that their purely philosophical views on moral subjectivism, relativism and nihilism has PRACTICAL consequences on their own lives as hard-core atheists. This fact has to be understood in the context of the philosophical fact mentioned above.It is well known that in USA and other countries, certain social beliefs and stereotypes exist about atheists as being immoral. Some pollssuggest that atheists are the most distrusted minority in America and the standard response by atheists to it is saying that it is due to religious bigotry. However, as I’ve argued in this post, I think religious bigotry is not the only factor to consider: The own behaviour and philosophical beliefs promoted by atheists is, for a large extension, responsible for that extreme distrust by the overwhelming majority of society (for example,this kind of irrational, childish and emotional behaviour).

This post will provide more evidence for that contention.

I’ll focus on just two proven aspects of consistent immorality shown by militant atheists and hard-core skeptics: Misogyny and Sexism.
Misogyny and Sexism:
Misogyny is defined as “the hatred or dislike of women or girls“.
Sexism is defined as “prejudice or discrimination based on sex or gender;  or conditions or attitudes that foster stereotypes of social roles based on sex
The question is whether misogyny and sexism, as defined above, are common among atheistic pseudoskeptics.
 According to former skeptic Stephen Bond, in his article “Why I am no longer skeptic“:
One demographic skeptics are particularly uncomfortable with is the female of the species. It’s an increasingly acknowledged fact that the skeptic community is rife withsexism…  Women are a small minority in the skeptic world, and the few who get involved get shit thrown at them constantly by their skeptic peers. Every day, they suffer the whole gamut of attitudes from sneering to leering.
Bond’s observation of his former fellows skeptics imply not only sexism on the part of skeptics, but misogyny too, since they feel uncomfortable with the presence of females among them and, in addition, the few women who are part of the skeptical groups GET SHIT thrown at them. This clearly satisfies the definition of misogyny mentioned above.
Bond’s testimony is important because he belonged to skeptical groups, so he’s talking as a first-hand eyewitness, as an insider.
In confirmation of Bond’s accurate observations as an insider, we get independent evidence for the discomfort felt by “skeptics” towards women and girls from people who have studied the history of pseudoskepticism from a more detached scholarly perspective.
For example, George Hansen, in his scholarly study of CSICOP, observed:
A third distinguishing feature is that the vast majority in CSICOP are male, and this has affected the tone and demeanor of the group… CSICOP is heavily dominated by men, and until 1991 there were no women at all on the Executive Council. A reporter for New Scientist described CSICOP as “white,” “male,” and “slightly geriatric” (Anderson, 1987, p. 51). The inside covers of recent issues ofSI display the gender imbalance; the results are summarized in Table 2. The predominance of men characterizes the local affiliates as well. Of the 40 listed local leaders, only two are women.  Certainly academia is predominantly male, and so it is not surprising that a majority of CSICOP’s members are men. However, the percentage does seem disproportionate.
Not all the local groups are totally dominated by men, and a CSICOP manual prepared for local groups encouraged the involvement of women. The East Bay Skeptics in California reported that 27% of its members were women (“Members Elect First Board,” 1988), and in a 1990 election of the National Capital Area Skeptics, 3 of 11 listed candidates were women. Despite these efforts, the debunking movement is overwhelmingly run by men. 


The perceived demeanor. Some have perceived the gender imbalance as 

Table 2
DISTRIBUTION OF MEN AND WOMEN IN SKEPTICS’ GROUPS
               Fellows        Scientific and             Leaders of
Technical Consultants    Local Groups
Men                 53                       52                     38
Women           3                        4                       2

 
Figures based on pages 447-48 and the inside covers of the Summer 1990 issue of the Skeptical Inquirer. 

If as Bond suggested above, sexism and misogyny is very common among pseudoskeptics and atheist groups, then we’d expect precisely what we find: skeptical and atheist organized groups are, as a rule, “overwhelmingly run by men”, as Hansen observed. Women and girls are seen with extreme suspicion and even hostility by most “skeptics”, and hence not prominent (or at least egalitarian) status is conceded to them among  atheistic “skeptics”. Hansen’s statistical data tells us a lot about the mindset of “skeptics” regarding women and girls.
Hansen’s observation provides an independent confirmation of Bond’s own observations as an insider and former skeptic.
But we have more independent evidence of sexism and misogyny among atheistic pseudoskeptics in the case of SKEPCHICK (her real name is Rebecca Watson), a beautiful pseudoskeptic girl who, according to wikipedia, “described an experience at a skeptical conference, concerning an approach by a man in an elevator, who invited her to his room for coffee and a conversation late at night, after she had talked extensively about disliking being sexualized at atheist conferences.[19] In a video blog, among other things, she stated that incident made her feel sexualized and uncomfortable and advised, “Guys, don’t do that”.[20] Her statement sparked a controversy among the skeptic community.[21] Her critics said she was overreacting to a trivial incident, most notably Richard Dawkins, who wrote a satirical letter to an imaginary Muslim woman, sarcastically contrasting her plight to Watson’s complaint. This in turn caused him to be criticized by those supporting her on the issue, including several figures in the community.[22][23] Watson announced that she would not buy or endorse Dawkins’s books and lectures in the future.[22]She also wrote that, as a result of Dawkins’s criticism, her Wikipedia article was vandalised and offensive images were posted on her Facebook page
According to the Mail and Guardian website, the skepchick case triggered “a fairly useful debate about feminism, sexism and appropriate sexual boundaries between men and women descended into all out troll warfare and an attendant witch-hunt to persecute sexists in the atheist community.”
Watson published in youtube a video commenting on the case:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=uKHwduG1Frk

Moreover, Watson has commented on the bigotry of some “skeptics” inthis article.
In order to understand clearly why some skeptics and atheists are like that, I suggest to carefully read:
-Bond’s article on skeptics
-My posts on atheism and morality
-My posts on Jime’s Iron Law
-My post on atheism, secular humanism and sexual perversions.
If you fully understand the above posts, you won’t be surprised by the evidence of immorality discussed in this post.
%d bloggers like this: