Tuesday, February 14, 2006

On Piety in Politics

Thanks to Robert Cunningham for sending me the link to Robert Flynn's blog about "The Most Famous Christian of the 20th Century."

Flynn has a whole list of quotations from the most famous Christian politician of the 20th Century. Here are a couple things that stood out to me:
His blending of church and state: "National Socialism neither opposes the Church nor is it anti-religious, but on the contrary it stands on the ground of a real Christianity? For their interests cannot fail to coincide with ours alike in our fight against the symptoms of degeneracy in the world of today, in our fight against a Bolshevist culture, against atheistic movement, against criminality, and in our struggle for a consciousness of a community in our national life?These are Christian principles!" (August 1934)

His God-given mission to cleanse Germany of evil as personified by the Jews, liberals, homosexuals, labor leaders, homeless people, immigrants from inferior cultures, and the weak and sick. "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." And, "We want to fill our culture again with the Christian spirit. We want to burn out all the recent immoral developments in literature, in the theater, and in the press -- in short, we want to burn out the poison of immorality which has entered into our whole life and culture as a result of liberal excess." (March 1936)

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