To what extent was Nazism influenced by atheism?

 First appeared in Quora.com

To connect Nazism with atheism is a priestly lie of inquisitional proportions. Adolf Hitler had made it very clear in his Mein Kampf that he was a Christian, that he wished for the unification of Catholicism and Protestantism. Goebbels was a self-proclaimed atheist, as are some conservatives in the UK and Republicans in the US. The founding fathers of the United tates signed the first amendment because most of them were agnostics or atheists.

On the other hand Hitler, the founder, ideologist and central pillar of Nazism had believed that he was doing a Christian duty by persecuting and eliminating Jews. In this, no doubt, the tabloids titled International Jew published by Henry Ford ( though not much of a religious man – he denied the existence of heaven and hell) had been a great inspiration.

This is what Hitler said in one of his speeches:

“My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded only by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God’s truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders. How terrific was His fight for the world against the Jewish poison. To-day, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before in the fact that it was for this that He had to shed His blood upon the Cross.

As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice….
And if there is anything which could demonstrate that we are acting rightly it is the distress that daily grows. For
 as a Christian I have also a duty to my own people…. When I go out in the morning and see these men standing in their queues and look into their pinched faces, then I believe I would be no Christian, but a very devil if I felt no pity for them, if I did not, as did our Lord two thousand years ago, turn against those by whom to-day this poor people is plundered and exploited.

-Adolf Hitler, in his speech in Munich on 12 April 1922

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