All over the world, people regularly enter small, dark booths and spew their sins through a hole in the wall right in the face of the guy on the other side. We call these people “Catholics” and we call the booths “confessionals.”
You thought I meant something else, didn’t you? You were thinking of those other dark booths with a hole in the wall, in which people masturbate to porn movies and splatter millions of little potential Christine O’Donnell supporters all over the place. Those booths can be found in the rear sections of adult book stores, and Catholics call the people who enter them “sinners.” All of those Catholics — people who attend Catholic churches, send their children to Catholic schools and give financial support to those churches and schools — are not only actively funding the systematic rape of children and the protection of child rapists, many of them are also offering up their own children to these rapists. But the people who go into those porn booths are the real sinners, right? They’re the problem.
Yeah. Right. Pull the other one — it plays “Jesus Loves Me.”
The pope — the CEO of this conglomerate of child-fuckers and their protectors, enablers and financial supporters — is making a personal appearance in Britain as I write this. Tens of thousands of people are gathering to catch his stand-up act. He has wasted no time in getting to the point. From the Guardian:
Benedict XVI used the first papal state visit to Britain to launch a blistering attack on “atheist extremism” and “aggressive secularism”, and to rue the damage that “the exclusion of God, religion and virtue from public life” had done in the last century.
The leader of the Roman Catholic church concluded a speech, made before the Queen and assembled dignitaries at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, with the argument that the Nazi desire to eradicate God had led to the Holocaust and a plea for 21st-century Britain to respect its Christian foundations.
Atheist extremism? Did I miss a news story about atheists flying planes into buildings? Have atheists been showing up at funerals with signs reading “The Universe hates god-botherers?” Have atheists been calling for the imprisonment and execution of Christians — as Christians have been calling for the imprisonment and execution of homosexuals? I think I would have noticed those news stories — I’ve been busy lately, but I haven’t been that busy.
From the Guardian:
“Today, the United Kingdom strives to be a modern and multicultural society,” he said. “In this challenging enterprise, may it always maintain its respect for those traditional values and cultural expressions that more aggressive forms of secularism no longer value or even tolerate.
“Let it not obscure the Christian foundation that underpins its freedoms; and may that patrimony, which has always served the nation well, constantly inform the example your government and people set before the two billion members of the Commonwealth and the great family of English-speaking nations throughout the world.”
The pontiff’s speech set the wide-ranging tone for his four-day visit: despite attacking atheism, he paid tribute to the UK’s historic achievements and offered “a hand of friendship” to all its people.
Well, all its people, that is, except the atheists. The Guardian article continues:
Benedict was more explicit in his condemnation of militant atheism, noting that Britain had fought the atheistic evil embodied by Adolf Hitler.
“Even in our own lifetime, we can recall how Britain and her leaders stood against a Nazi tyranny that wished to eradicate God from society and denied our common humanity to many, especially the Jews, who were thought unfit to live,” he said.
Let’s get something straight, folks, once and for all: Hitler was NOT an atheist! An atheist is someone who does not believe in god. That’s all “atheist” means — a person who is not a theist. Hitler believed in god and made frequent references to god. Here are some of those references out of his book Mein Kampf:
“I believe today that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator.”
– Volume 1, Chapter 2
“Even today I am not ashamed to say that, overpowered by stormy enthusiasm, I fell down on my knees and thanked Heaven from an overflowing heart for granting me the good fortune of being permitted to live at this time.”
– Volume 1, chapter 5
“But if out of smugness, or even cowardice, this battle is not fought to its end, then take a look at the peoples five hundred years from now. I think you will find but few images of God, unless you want to profane the Almighty.”
– Volume 1, Chapter 10
“Anyone who dares to lay hands on the highest image of the Lord commits sacrilege against the benevolent creator of this miracle and contributes to the expulsion from paradise.”
– Volume 2, Chapter 1
“It may be that today gold has become the exclusive ruler of life, but the time will come when man will again bow down before a higher god.”
– Volume 2, Chapter 2
That Hitler was an atheist and Nazism was an atheistic regime is a lie that has been repeated by Christians so often, it’s hard not to conclude that they’re hoping Joseph Goebbels was right when he said that a lie repeated often enough and long enough will become the truth.
Mein Kampf does not provide the only evidence that Hitler was not an atheist. So do his speeches.
“To do justice to God and our own conscience, we have turned once more to the German Volk.”
– February 10, 1933, on the need for a revival of morality in Germany
“May divine providence bless us with enough courage and enough determination to perceive within ourselves this holy German space.”
– March 24, 1933
“I believe today that I am acting in the sense of the Almighty Creator. By warding off the Jews I am fighting for the Lord’s work.”
– Reichstag, 1936
These are not the words of an atheist. These are the words of someone who believes in god, which is precisely what an atheist isn’t. Atheists — people who do not believe in god — do not make references to an existing god when they speak, publicly or otherwise. Nor do atheists pray, as Adolf Hitler did on May 1, 1933 when he gave this prayer:
“We don’t ask the Almighty, ‘Lord, make us free!’ We want to be active, to work, to work together, so that when the hour comes that we appear before the Lord we can say to him: ‘Lord, you see that we have changed.’ The German people is no longer a people of dishonor and shame, of self-destructiveness and cowardice. No, Lord, the German people is once more strong in spirit, strong in determination, strong in the willingness to bear every sacrifice. Lord, now bless our battle and our freedom, and therefore our German people and fatherland.”
Not only was Hitler not an atheist, he was a Christian. The German Workers’ Party, later the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (NSDAP), identified itself as a Christian organization:
“We demand freedom for all religious confessions in the state, insofar as they do not endanger its existence or conflict with the customs and moral sentiments of the Germanic race. The party as such represents the standpoint of a positive Christianity, without owing itself to a particular confession…. “
– Article 20 of the program of the German Workers’ Party
Hitler did not hold back his praise of Christianity, and even referred to it as “the religion of love”:
“The more abstractly correct and hence powerful this idea will be, the more impossible remains its complete fulfillment as long as it continues to depend on human beings. … If this were not so, the founders of religion could not be counted among the greatest men of this earth. … In its workings, even the religion of love is only the weak reflection of the will of its exalted founder; its significance, however, lies in the direction which it attempted to give to a universal human development of culture, ethics, and morality.”
– Mein Kampf, Volume 1, Chapter 3
“As long as leadership from above was not lacking, the people fulfilled their duty and obligation overwhelmingly. Whether Protestant pastor or Catholic priest, both together and particularly at the first flare, there really existed in both camps but a single holy German Reich, for whose existence and future each man turned to his own heaven.”
– Mein Kampf, Volume 1, Chapter 3
Not only was Hitler a Christian who believed in god, he also believed in the devil:
“ … the personification of the devil as the symbol of all evil assumes the living shape of the Jew.”
– Mein Kampf, Volume 1, Chapter 11
Not only was Hitler a Christian, he was a Catholic!
“I am now as before a Catholic and will always remain so.”
– Adolf Hitler to General Gerhard Engel, 1941
“The Catholic Church should not deceive herself: if National Socialism does not succeed in defeating Bolshevism, then Church and Christianity in Europe too are finished. Bolshevism is the mortal enemy of the Church as much as of Fascism. … Man cannot exist without belief in God. The soldier who for three and four days lies under intense bombardment needs a religious prop.”
– In conversation with Cardinal Michael von Faulhaber of Bavaria, November 4, 1936
Is that clear enough for everyone? Hitler believed in god, the devil, and was a Christian and a Catholic. Don’t ever forget that. Anyone who tells you otherwise is a liar with an agenda and you should immediately point out their lie and ask them about their agenda.
Before donning the lavish costume of Catholicism’s popemobile-riding superhero, Pope Benedict was mild-mannered German citizen Joseph Ratzinger. Ratzinger was a boy during the Nazi reign in Germany. He was conscripted into the Hitler Youth because membership was mandatory, but he claims he did not attend meetings and did not actively participate in the group. Membership in a group for younger children, the Deutsche Jungvolk, was also mandatory. Somehow Ratzinger avoided joining that group … but claims he was unable to avoid membership in the Hitler Youth. Interesting.
In his 1997 book Salt of the Earth, Ratzinger, then a cardinal, wrote that his father “made no opposition” to the Nazis and that resistance “wouldn’t have been possible.” But in his second autobiography in 1998, Milestones: Memoirs, 1927 – 1977, he claimed his father was a bitter and vocal opponent of the Nazi party. Which is true? And if resistance were impossible, then how is it that a family living very close to Ratzinger’s house managed to hide a resistance fighter named Hans Braxenthaler?
Now, able to leap tall monoliths of logic, reason and responsibility in a single bound as the pope, Benedict says that because I do not believe in the existence of his god or the moral authority of his child-raping multinational corporation, I and others like me are no different than the genocidal Nazis he did nothing to resist in his youth.
The Guardian reports that the pope had some comments about the church’s ongoing (and apparently endless) sex scandal:
Using his strongest language to date on his church’s record on clerical sex abuse, he deplored its failure to act swiftly and decisively in the past. “It is difficult to understand how this perversion of the priestly mission was possible,” he said, adding that the church was “at a moment of penitence, humility and renewed sincerity.”
When has the Catholic church ever been at a moment of “humility?” In the past, it ruled with an iron fist and declared itself the ultimate authority as it slaughtered anyone it didn’t like. And to say that it’s at a moment of “renewed sincerity” is to suggest that it has been sincere at some point in the past — a dubious claim at best. When was the Catholic church being sincere? When it aided the Nazis? When it was torturing and killing anyone who disagreed with it or refused to believe in it?
Most appalling is his claim that it’s “difficult to understsand how this perversion of the priestly mission was possible.” I can tell you how it was possible, Ratzy, ol’ boy — it was possible because there were so many guys like you covering it up for so long!
Speaking to a crowd of 70,000 in Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park last night, Benedict XVI argued that the “evangelisation of culture is all the more important in our times.” Hours earlier he had launched an extraordinary salvo against “aggressive secularism” on his arrival in Britain.
The Pope has urged Catholics to speak out in defence of their faith amid a “dictatorship of relativism” which “threatens to obscure the unchanging truth about man’s nature, his destiny and his ultimate good.”
How often did captured Nazis claim after the end of the war that they were “just following orders” when they participated in the obscene crimes of the Nazi regime? And what does Pope Benedict expect his followers to do?
Just follow orders.
Now this party-hat-wearing, child-rapist-protecting douchebag has the gall to suggest that people who do not believe in his god are comparable to one of the most bloodthirsty dictatorships of the twentieth century — a dictatorship, by the way, that was led by a Catholic.
Wow. This guy’s got a couple of great big brass balls clanging under that dress of his. I wonder where he deposits their contents.