Before we get started, let’s give a nod to our glorious leader by mentioning that today in history was the beginning of the Islamic calendar on January 23rd, 638AD.
The Church in Nazi Germany was subjected to as much pressure as any other organization in Germany. Any threat to Hitler would not be tolerated and the churches of Germany presented the Nazis with numerous threats.
In 1933, the Catholic Church had viewed the Nazis as a barrier to the spread of communism from Russia. In this year, Hitler and the Catholic Church signed an agreement that he would not interfere with the Catholic Church while the Church would not comment on politics. When signing a pact with the Devil, one should always keep in mind that he is “The Devil” Seems the Church of Rome should have thought this through a little better.
This pact lasted until 1937, when Hitler started a concerted attack on the Catholic Church arresting priests etc. In 1937, the Pope, Pius XI, issued his “Mit brennender Sorge” statement (“With burning anxiety”) over what was going on inGermany.
The Protestant Church was easier to deal with because of their numerous denominations. The Protestants themselves were split. The “German Christians” were lead by Ludwig Muller who believed that any member of the church who had Jewish ancestry should be removed from the church. Muller supported Hitler and in 1933 he was given the title of “Reich Bishop”. Makes one wonder just how much he is enjoying his place in Hell now, “Heil Hitler”
Those who opposed the views of Muller were called the “Confessing Church”. This was led by Martin Niemoller. He had become famous in Germany while being a World War One U-boat captain. That made him a potentially embarrassing foe to the Nazis. He was arrested by the Gestapo for opposing Hitler. Niemoller was sent to a concentration camp for 7 years where he was kept in solitary confinement. Many other Confessional Church members suffered the same fate.
According to Eric Johnson, in his book Nazi terror: the Gestapo, Jews, and ordinary Germans. New York: Basic Books, p. 10. “The German census of May 1939 indicates that 54 percent of Germans considered themselves Protestant and 40 percent considered themselves Catholic, with only 3.5 percent claiming to be neo-pagan “believers in God,” and 1.5 percent unbelievers. This census came more than six years into the Hitler era.”
Here is a good link for an overview of Christianity in Nazi Germany is you are interested. It makes one wonder how could a seemingly religious and Christian country allow itself to become part of something so evil and hell bound as Nazi Germany. It is almost unfathomable isn’t? Well, is it? I don’t think it is as unthinkable as it would seem. Even for the enlightened and educated American.
For a number of years now, the churches here in the United States of Americahave refrained from political speech because of Internal Revenue Service rules and their own tax exempt status. That goes for all churches except those that promote the Democratic agenda and the Progressive redistribution of wealth promoted by the African- American and Gay-Clergy churches. In those churches, it seems to be allowed for some reason.
Churches have made a big point to steer clear of political content and siding with one side or the other. Why, it comes down to money. The churches always tell us that, “we have to do this to keep our taxes down” and the “The church would go out of business without that tax exemption. Oh really? Capitulation is rarely, if ever, a sudden slamming of the totalitarian door. It comes in tiny or sometimes small footsteps. Footsteps, footsteps! The tax is the government boot being slowly, yet firmly, being applied to the backsides and neck of the American Christian Church.
Enter Hate Crimes Legislation.
Hate Crime Statistics Act of 1990 (HCSA) Enacted in 1990, the Hate Crime Statistics Act (HCSA) requires the Justice Department to collect data on crimes which “manifest prejudice based on race, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnicity” from law enforcement agencies across the country and to publish an annual summary of the findings.
Hate Crimes Sentencing Enhancement Act of 1994 Originally introduced by Rep. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) as freestanding legislation, the Hate Crimes Sentencing Enhancement Act was enacted into law as part of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. Pursuant to the Act, the United States Sentencing Commission established a sentencing enhancement of “not less than 3 offense levels for [federal] offenses that the finder of fact at trial determines beyond a reasonable doubt are hate crimes.” The enhancement defines a hate crime as “a crime in which the defendant intentionally selects a victim, or in the case of a property crime, the property that is the object of the crime, because of the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, or sexual orientation of any person.”
The Church Arson Prevention Act of 1996 The Church Arson Prevention Act of 1996 was enacted in response to a disturbing rash of arson directed at houses of worship, with African American churches disproportionately victimized. According to Justice Department officials, DOJ opened 658 investigations of suspicious fires, bombings, and attempted bombings from January 1, 1995, to August 18, 1998. Of the 658 attacks directed against houses of worship, 220 were predominantly African-American institutions. The Church Arson Prevention Act was initially sponsored by Sens. Lauch Faircloth (R-NC) and Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and by Reps. Henry Hyde (R-IL) and John Conyers (D-MI).
107th Congress (2001-2002)The Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act (LLEEA) (S.625) was introduced onMarch 27, 2001. The measure would have removed existing obstacles to federal hate crime prosecutions and extended federal hate crime law that currently covers race, religion and national origin to cover hate crimes based on actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender or disability.
109th Congress (2005-2006) The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2005, passed September 14 as an amendment to H.R. 3132, the Children’s Safety Act of 2005, would have expanded the definition of hate crimes to include offenses involving actual or perceived religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.
110th Congress (2007-2008) In 2007, Congress came closer than ever in addressing a critical gap in current federal hate crimes law and expanded existing hate crimes coverage to include violence based on sexual orientation, gender, and disability. The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007 (H.R. 1592) was introduced in the House onMarch 20, 2007, and in the Senate onApril 12, 2007.
111th Congress (2009-2010) The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 (LLEHCPA) was introduced in the 111th Congress by Representatives John Conyers, D. Mich., and Mark Kirk, R. Ill., in the House.
Although no person, of any age, gender, race, or lifestyle should ever be a victim of hate induced criminal activity, should it be necessary to make a special status for those of any other category than, average American White Christian Straight person? Isn’t any violent crime against any innocent party really a crime of hate? Only those inEuropeandAmerica’s progressive movements would seem to think so enough to further place their metal studded Jack boots harder on the necks of their citizens.
Hate Crimes laws have lead to Christian ministers andChristian people being fines and jail all over Europe,AustraliaandCanada. These laws are not so much to help those it covers as they are to punish and quiet the pesky Religious Right of those nations. Is it any wonder that all of these nations enacted strict gun control and gun confiscation before enacting the Hate Crimes laws? Do you think it will be any different here in the good ol’ US of A? I don’t think so.
Progressives and the Democratic Party here in the USA use their elected powers to subjugate the American people. Is it any wonder that we see attacks such as Waco and Ruby Ridge, and repelling of DADT, the push for stricter gun control, the take over of internet and net neutrality and the Fairness Doctrine under Democratic Presidents and Congress’? The Democrats only want to use their power to control you and me.
Now we have Obama trying to force the Catholic Church and Catholic Services to provide not only contraception, but also abortion day after pills, and provide monies toward public abortion.
The people of America have to make up their minds. We all set back and say, “Well, we don’t have a choice that is what the government makes us do”Patriots, there is a choice, it just isn’t a happy one. The Church must make a stand on this. The Churches of America need to give up their Worship of Mammon and Baal. If God wants you to be a church, you will be without the handout from Caesar. It is time for the church to be the Church, or just become the milk toast wishy wash I’m ok your ok, on the Cross offered, drink of wine mixed with gall that we get from Oprah and Joel Osteen. It is time to be the church and stand for something. It is 1933 again. Will you sign a pact with the Devil? Vote Republican this coming election, any other vote is against freedom and our way of life. Do it even if you have to put a cloths pine on your nose because Obama has got to be stopped. Hell, I’ll do it even if it’s Ron Paul. You decide!