One of the arguments that I get most often, in terms of responding to my arguments in Atheism Kills, is that Hitler was a believer. A great Catholic or Protestant depending on who you talk to. The problem is, they’re wrong. Hitler was no Protestant. He was no Catholic whatsoever. That fact that he may have been born a Catholic doesn’t mean that he holds on to those Catholic views for the rest of his life. So you really can’t use that in the argument against the believer. In this case, me.
You need to understand that Hitler was indeed an atheist. He hated Christianity. He also of course hated Judaism. He hated anybody who believed in the Ten Commandments. You need to focus on that. Hitler wanted to destroy the Ten Commandments. He felt the best way to do so was destroying the Jews first and then later on the Christians. He showed his contempt for Christianity and for God in general — in numerous stages of his life, throughout numerous letters, throughout numerous eyewitness accounts at dinners and otherwise.
Interestingly, he seemed to be a very big fan of Islam. He felt that Islam was a strong religion. One that took matters in charge. But, nevertheless, he was not a Muslim himself.
If anything, he seemed to embrace the Pantheistic religions of the past. But, more importantly, was that he did not have any faith in God. He did not believe in God. He was an atheist. And not unlike all other dictatorships who do not believe in God, he made himself God. Der Führer — that means “The Leader” in German. He had posters of himself everywhere throughout Germany. He was the one to be listened to. All of his ideology needed to be taught in schools.
Never did he ever harken to the teachings of the Bible, about God, about Jesus, or otherwise…
Hitler was an atheist. This also applies to all of the fascist leaders. To all of the communist leaders. All of the most despotic leaders of all time have been atheists. Their writings are very strong in favor of atheism and very hostile toward the church. Understand that if you’re going to be making the argument that somehow Hitler was a faithful person. He was not.
This says something about atheism. In order for the fascists and the communists to have done their work, they could not have been embracing the Judeo-Christian mindset.
You may very well say, “What about the Inquisition?” “What about those Crusades?” Well, you’d be wrong on that score as well. The fact is that the Crusades happened as a defensive war against the invading Muslim armies in Jerusalem. That’s what it was about. Now, were there bad things that happened along the way? Absolutely. Did that mean that the church supported it? Of course not. But to blame the church for misdeeds of some soldiers along the way during the Crusades — it’s like blaming Americans for being a horrific country because some bad soldiers did some bad things during World War II.
Likewise, in the Inquisition. The church did not advance the Inquisition. It was Queen Isabella who did so. And she did so in reaction to the previous Muslim invasion of Spain. Gone in the argument is all the good that the Catholic church and Protestantism and Judaism have done for the world. All of that is somehow thrown out.
Let’s make sure that our arguments are clear. Do not present a believer with the false argument that Hitler was somehow a believer — or even a devout Catholic at that. He was not. Likewise with Mao. Likewise with Mussolini. And all the other fascists and all the other communist dictators who wrought such havoc on civilization in the 20th century.