>JCJ> Adolph Hitler, in my opinion, is a mutant product of
>JCJ> modernism. His past association with the Catholic Church
>JCJ> only reflects where he came from. Christian churches
>JCJ> share the shame of Western civilization, which allowed
>JCJ> the Holocaust. But Hitler was no Christian.
JL> No, he was a product of a xtian society.
For century after century after century, the Christian church had designated the people to be despised: the religious believers called Jews the "Christ killers," the "enemies of God." All the religious massacres of 900 years--- by Crusaders pursuing infidels, by inquisitors hunting backsliders, by superstitious mobs fearing tales of well-poisoning--- branded Jews as accursed. When popes ordered Jews to wear badges and live in ghettos--- or when they were expelled entirely--- it told the populace that these pariahs were unfit to live among decent folk. Passion plays depicting Jews as cruel mockers of Christ, and cathedral paintings of the evil non-Christians, fanned hatred of those the church called "the perfidious Jews."That is from James A. Haught's "Holly Horrors," pg. 157-158. Also from that book we read:
Thus, when Adolf Hitler needed a scapegoat group to rally the discontented majority to his cause and catapult himself to power, natural victims clearly marked by the church were at his disposal. The Christian public, not only in Germany but also throughout Europe, was predisposed to receive the Nazi message of Jew-hatred.
"The Holocaust was, of course, the bitter fruit of long centuries of Christian teaching about the Jewish people." (Dr. Franklin Littell, Temple University.)As well as
". . . centuries of Christian hostility to Jews prepared the way for the Holocaust. The Nazis are inconcievable apart from this Christian tradition. Hitler's pongrom, for all its distinctiveness, is the zenith of a long Christian heritage of teaching and practive against Jews." (Theologian Clark Williamson, Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis.)And
"The isolation of Jews into ghetto camps, the wearing of the yellow spot, the burning of Jewish books, and finally the burning of the people--- Hitler learned it all from the Church. However, the Church burned Jewish women and children alive, while Hitler granted them a quicker death, choking them first with gas." "The clergymen don't tell you whom to kill; they just tell you whom to hate." (Dr. Dagobert Runes, Historian, child of a Holocaust victim.)After the truth of what Nazi Germany had done was disclosed, some 15 years after the events, Pope John XXIII was agast at what had been done to the Jews in the name of God and Jesus. He wrote a prayer and addressed it to the Christian world:
"The mark of Cain is stamped upon our foreheads. Across the centuries, our brother Abel has lain in blood which we drew, and shed tears we caused by forgetting Thy love. Forgive us, Lord, for the curse we falsely attributed to their name as Jews."While his heart was in the right place, surely it is not his god's place to forgive Christians and Christianity, but the place of the Jews to do so.