The most power tool in Hitler’s arsenal, for some, was the propaganda techniques he applied to keep his audience in complete awe and totally unaware of what was really going on the war-front. It was perhaps the effective use of this that he managed to keep Germany silent and going even after defeat looked imminent to the military brass.
Propaganda is indeed a very powerful technique, when a figure, usually a figure of authority rises up and tells people what they expect, you can score many points with them. Most of the time the audience swallows it hook, line and sinker. Mostly because they lack trust or are made to distrust other sources of information.
In the world of internet, propaganda is happening everywhere, from the brainwashed teenagers at westbro baptists to the hard core atheists – figures like Dawkins…you can very well implicate any group. The most astonishing is the constant barrage of senseless accusations, I keep getting from the “New Atheist” movement.
Contrary to popular belief a lot of atheist are not militant, a lot of atheists are disgusted by the new Atheist movement. I know a lot, who respect other people and their right to believe what they may. But there are many, who have found the internet as a venting ground and from what I assume to get attention and to rap about their new found philosophy, they place charges which are bizarre; myths that have no real grounds to stand on. And yet I keep hearing them again and again. A part of this is that the new Atheist propaganda technique which reiterates the main points over and over.
On the internet you need not a conspiracy, you only need repetitions and what you get is a constant circle of bogus charges placed on faith, with no context and sometime little to no research. Frankly there are only handful of atheists who I have found to be realistic enough to handle the topic with wisdom. Most often lunge on emotional appeals, straw man, hatred and disdain towards faith, pain or traumatic experience. There is mostly a personal side to the obvious dislike. There is most of the times a factor of “I was dealt a bad hand” by life, fate, society etc. So who is to blame…God. Seems like the obvious choice because he is the ultimate- invisible scapegoat.
But even more popular is the “who has the most evil leaders?” game. This is played by atheists and theists alike.
Christians get credit for Hitler whereas the list of names on the atheist roster range from Stalin to pol pot.
My personal opinion is that as far as being Christian is concerned, Hitler is as much Christian as Dawkins is. Infact in an earlier post I demonstrated Hitler’s own quotes against Christianity.
Though there are other quotes too which are equally straight to the point, this specific quote form Hitler says it all for me:
It would always be disagreeable for me to go down to posterity as a man who made concessions in this field. I realize that man, in his imperfection, can commit innumerable errors– but to devote myself deliberately to errors, that is something I cannot do. I shall never come personally to terms with the Christian lie. Our epoch Uin the next 200 yearse will certainly see the end of the disease of Christianity…. My regret will have been that I couldn’t… behold .” (p 278)
Hitler from Adolf Hitler, Monologe im Führerhauptquartier 1941-1944.
But despite the fact, the average atheist insists with all sincerity that Hitler was a Christian…somehow implicating that it was Christian faith which made the Holocaust possible. For that to hold water you would have to invent a Christ who would have commanded people to kill. Much disappointingly there is none that fits that description for the propaganda crowd to put the hat on.
But that is the power of propaganda, you invent fact based on nothing. And then you reiterate it over and over. So when a leading figure in the new atheist movement points out Hitler. The Average atheist takes it to heart, having no research done on his own.
If you look close enough you will find that Hitler actually followed Nietzsche’s philosophy to the tittle. Nietzsche was very anti-religion, anti-faith and anti-christian.
Nietzsche’s had three main things to say in his philosophy :
1. That there was only one superior master race of human beings.
2. That Christianity was a “disease”.
3. That it was okay to kill as long as it helped you achieved the “right” end.
And Hitler was a firm believer in all three. Despite his various comments against Christianity, he literally proved the 1st and 3rd points during his years on the dictatorship.
Now a man who is a strict follower of Nietzsche’s, can not be possibly in any way, in the most wildest of conjured scenarios, be someone who follows Christs teachings at the same time. They are direct opposites. In legal terms it would be a “conflict of interest”. You can not serve two opposing masters.
So I would really like you all to take the time to think this and may be next time, do not repeat propaganda statements like this to provoke someone. Labeling anyone as a mass-murder supporter rarely helps. Even as you accuse each other of atrocities that personally, the theist and the atheist won’t ever conceive of doing.
And on a specific charge like this…well you will simply be wrong to do it. You would be saying something opposite to the truth. Hitler was not a Christian, don’t even entertain that thought.