There is a growing paradigm in this country that is actually a little bit disturbing for me to see. I have been viewing it for some time in the public forums and it is honestly a little bit off-putting and off-pissing. It is becoming so commonplace in modern society that people are not even noticing and getting as offended as they should be. Really, it is becoming so widely used that history is becoming nothing but a joke. This is dangerous because people need to understand about real history. They don’t need Christian bigots and right-wing morons giving them deliberately bad information in order to get people’s fear going. The new target paradigm for people those groups don’t like – Hitler and the Nazis.
Now, here is a bit of real history – Adolf Hitler was an Austrian-born German who became the leader of the National Socialist German Worker’s Party, which is known in modern vernacular as the Nazi Party. It is the horror of what the Nazi Party did during their reign that has been one of the big talking points of people who are against socialism, which is a huge logical fallacy, but we’ll get into that later. Hitler was a devout Roman Catholic. He believed what he did was for God.
Now, a lot of people believed that Hitler had a very cozy relationship with the Pope, Pius XII, but there is also some data that shows Pius didn’t see eye-to-eye with him. I will choose not to voice and opinion because there is too much data that contradicts itself. Besides, some Catholics get their panties in a bunch when you do that. Of course, we’ll get into it later about how the Catholics have no reason to get on anybody’s case, ever, about the views of Adolf Hitler.
But back to history, Hitler began his Party as a grassroots movement. All fascism starts as a grassroots movement (don’t tell that to the Tea Party, eh?). They quickly came into power after the Great Depression. In 1934, he came into total power as the Fuhrer. Using his power he did atrocities all over the world. Some estimates put him at killing 17 million civilians, over 6 million Jews, and half a million Romani people. That is who the man really was. He was a monster who killed, destroyed, and had no regard for human life in any significant way. His way of thinking didn’t die with him, and this is a tragedy that should be mourned by everybody.
But now the new paradigm that people think is perfectly acceptable is to have groups that they don’t agree with compared to the Nazis and Hitler. Every example that has come up is tragic and the people who makes these examples are nothing but scum. Not one of them is a worthwhile person in any way. The first example that I am going to bring up is when Pope Benedict (or as TJ calls him, Been-a-dick) decided to link Atheism to Nazis.
Even in our own lifetimes we can recall how Britain and her leaders stood against a Nazi tyranny that wished to eradicate God from society and denied our common humanity to many, especially the Jews, who were thought unfit to live. As we reflect on the sobering lessons of atheist extremism of the 20th century, let us never forget how the exclusion of God, religion and virtue from public life leads ultimately to a truncated vision of man and of society and
thus a reductive vision of a person and his destiny.”
Yup, apparently, all the muder that Hitler did was because he was an atheist. This is an issue that makes me question Pius XII and his unsettlingly cozy relationship with the Nazis. When somebody goes out of their way to make the point that a group they don’t like is like a group who has some evidence of being too cozy with them, that doesn’t bode well to me for the point that they weren’t friends.
Now, I know that all Catholics don’t think like this guy. I know plenty of Catholics who didn’t like that statement and severely disagreeded with his sentiments. But this is offensive becuase, as Richard Dawkins also commented on, it diverts attention away from the fact that Hitler did what he did in the name of the Catholic church. He killed so many people because he wanted to, and his faith did guide him. So that is probably the most extreme, but certainly no the last example.
It is easy to forget now that he is gone and nobody gives a shit about him all the comparisons that Lonesome Rhodes Beck made between the liberals and Nazis. It is kind of amusing how Lewis Black said that he has “Nazi Tourrettes.” Beck would go on and on and on about how everything Obama did was like Hitler, how the liberals were all like Nazis, and the Tea Party movement that gathered around him was quick to pick up the slack and go on and on and have sign after sign about how Obama is Hitler. Yes, the President, the democratically elected president of this country is a Nazi. And why is he a Nazi? Because he wants free healthcare. Yeah, that so seems like something that Nazis were all about.
And the bigotry keeps going. Bryan Fischer, a very good friend of a group that is funding Rick Perry’s little shindig that is going to be happening on August 6th, had a thought about who the Nazis are. His belief is that the Nazis were gay. Yes, if you are gay, you are just like the Nazis. He believes that the Nazi Party began in a gay bar. Yeah, because the Nazis were very cool with gay people too, right? Wrong, you bigoted dumbass! The LGBT community were also victims of the Holocaust. It is unclear how many were killed in the concentration camps, but they were also struck down by the Nazi regime. But of course, no point telling Bryan Fischer that. He doesn’t have two brain cells to rub together, so it is pointless to try. Here is Bryan Fischer’s quote about being gay and being a Nazi –
The Nazi Party was formed, ladies and gentleman, in a gay bar, and historians agree. Hitler’s earlies enforcers, the stormtroopers, the brown shirts, were almost, without exception, homosexuals.”
And my final example was brought to my attention today from a person I had heard a little bit about, but had never looked into in a significant way until now. There is a woman named Pamela Geller. This woman is the worst kind of bigot. Her bigotry knows no limits and she never has a problem making her voice heard. There are Republicans who think she is attractive, but I am with Coughlin when I think that she looks more like the Crypt Keeper. In any case, she believes that the reason that the Nazis exist is because of Muslims existing.
These people are all scum, each and every one of them. Given all the crimes that the Catholic church has been involved in, like thed Spanish Inquisition, witch burnings, the Crusades, and the list goes on and on, they have no right to ever lecture anybody about how one group is better than another, morally speaking. And for those who point to Hitler and talk about evil socialism, you think all socialism is like this? If you do, you’re an idiot. Guilt by association, very classy. But the fact that people find it so easy to ignore history is even worse because people who have actually done horrible things are now being misrepresented and when people start to forget real history, they are even more doomed to repeat it.
Until next time, a quote,
“Even if Hitler had been an atheist, as Stalin most surely was, how DARE Ratzinger suggest that atheism has any connection whatsoever with their horrific deeds!” -Richard Dawkins, a rally protesting the Pope in England