Liberal Fascism

Hitler & Christianity II

From pages 364-365 of my book:

Like the engineers of that proverbial railway bridge, the Nazis

worked relentlessly to replace the nuts and bolts of traditional

Christianity with a new political religion. The shrewdest way to accomplish

this was to co-opt Christianity via the Gleichschaltung

while at the same time shrinking traditional religion’s role in civil society.

To this end, Hitler was downright Bismarckian. The German

historian Götz Aly explains how Hitler purchased popularity with

lavish social welfare programs and middle-class perks, often paid for

with stolen Jewish wealth and high taxes on the rich. Hitler banned

religious charity, crippling the churches’ role as a counterweight to

the state. Clergy were put on government salary, hence subjected to

state authority. “The parsons will be made to dig their own graves,”

Hitler cackled. “They will betray their God to us. They will betray

anything for the sake of their miserable little jobs and incomes.”5

Following the Jacobin example, the Nazis replaced the traditional

Christian calendar. The new year began on January 30 with the Day

of the Seizure of Power.6 Each November the streets of central

Munich were dedicated to a Nazi Passion play depicting Hitler’s

Beer Hall Putsch. The martyrdom of Horst Wessel and his “old fighters”

replaced Jesus and the apostles. Plays and official histories

were rewritten to glorify pagan Aryans bravely fighting against

Christianizing foreign armies. Anticipating some feminist pseudo

history, witches became martyrs to the bloodthirsty oppression of

Christianity.

Under the progressives, the Christian God had been transformed

into the God of lower food prices. Under the Nazis, the Christian

God would be transformed into an Aryan SS officer with Hitler his

right hand. The so-called German Christian pastors preached that

“just as Jesus liberated mankind from sin and hell, so Hitler saves the

German Volk from decay.” In April 1933 the Nazi Congress of

German Christians pronounced that all churches should catechize

that “God has created me a German; Germanism is a gift of God.

God wills that I fight for Germany. War service in no way injures the

Christian conscience, but is obedience to God.”7

When some Protestant bishops visited the Fuhrer to register complaints,

Hitler’s rage got the better of him. “Christianity will disappear from Germany just as it has done in Russia . . . The Germanrace has existed without Christianity for thousands of years . . . and

will continue after Christianity has disappeared . . . We must get

used to the teachings of blood and race.” When the bishops objected

that they supported Nazism’s secular aims, just not its religious innovations,

Hitler exploded: “You are traitors to the Volk. Enemies of

the Vaterland and destroyers of Germany.”8

In 1935 mandatory prayer in school was abolished, and in 1938

carols and Nativity plays were banned entirely. By 1941 religious instruction

for children fourteen years and up had been abolished altogether,

and Jacobinism reigned supreme. A Hitler Youth song rang

out from the campfires:

We are the happy Hitler Youth;

We have no need for Christian virtue;

For Adolf Hitler is our intercessor

And our redeemer.

No priest, no evil one

Can keep us

From feeling like Hitler’s children.

No Christ do we follow, but Horst Wessel!

Away with incense and holy water pots.9

Meanwhile, the orphans were given new lyrics to “Silent Night”:

Silent night! Holy night! All is calm, all is bright,

Only the Chancellor steadfast in fight,

Watches o’er Germany

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