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  •  Can you cite? (2+ / 0-)
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    Catte Nappe, jeff in nyc
    Hitler was a devout Christian
    He was born into a Catholic family. I believe he was confirmed and baptized as a boy, as almost all Catholic children, in a strongly Catholic country, would have been  in the late 1800s.

    But I have never heard of him attending church or doing anything that could remotely be described as "devout Christian" in his adulthood.

    While in power, he played the German protestant and Catholic churches against each other, in the process weakening those institutions so that they would not be a power to stand up against the Nazi party.

    Senor Unoball, 115050

    by Senor Unoball on Fri May 03, 2013 at 11:09:39 AM PDT

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    •  Not to mention (1+ / 0-)
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      a lot of belief in magic.

      I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

      by trumpeter on Fri May 03, 2013 at 12:27:08 PM PDT

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      kyril, Senor Unoball

      Takes like 10 seconds of research.

      It's called Mein Kampf. Oh, and the exact words of the Christians praising him.

      In November 1936 the Roman Catholic prelate Cardinal Michael von Faulhaber met Hitler at Berghof for a three hour meeting. He left the meeting convinced that "Hitler was deeply religious" and that "The Reich Chancellor undoubtedly lives in belief in God. He recognises Christianity as the builder of Western culture".[Hitler, Ian Kershaw, p. 373, 2008, Penguin]

      Hitler viewed the Jews as enemies of all civilization and as materialistic, unspiritual beings, writing in Mein Kampf: "His life is only of this world, and his spirit is inwardly as alien to true Christianity as his nature two thousand years previous was to the great founder of the new doctrine."

      Hitler described his supposedly divine mandate for his anti-Semitism: "Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord."[Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, Ralph Mannheim, ed., New York: Mariner Books, 1999, p. 65]

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      Obviously not all Nazis were hardcore Christians, but a lot of them were (most especially the higher ranks), and Hitler himself was.

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