Awhile back, in a Newsweek article, Chris Dickey quoted from Catholicism’s Concilium something which is unfair and untrue, yet something which I have often heard charged by Christians of all stripes, that is, that fascists of the past are atheists. I replied quickly to Newsweek as you can see below.
From: George Thomas
Dickey’s article on the new Pope troubled me in one area. He quoted Concilium, journal of theology: “Even though full-blown Nazism was an atheistic and anti-Christian ideology. . . .”
Hitler was a Christian. So was Mussolini.
Look, I know that Dickey was only quoting a propaganda tool of the Vatican, but as an atheist I must protest that Fascism, born in nations jamb-packed with Catholics and Lutherans, was fully an outgrowth of the tyrannous spirit which resides in that Christian book, the Bible, in which not one democracy raises it’s lovely head. Fascism was and is the product of deeply religious people who still pray daily to live in a tyrannous kingdom for all of eternity after they die. They worship a tyrannous king who killed their hypothetical forebearer
Show me in the world at this time any war or trouble which is not caused by people who believe in god. The increasingly atheistic, peaceful European peoples ought to be praised to high mountains for their strong atheistic and democratic spirit which does honor free will by the very act of supporting democracies over books about hypothetical spiritual kings and princes.
SPEAKING OF PEOPLE WHO NEED ETHICS
The Bushite White House recently ordered all staffers to take an ethics training course according to Newsweek (Nov. 28, 2005). My question, of course, just has to be why do conservative Republicans, Christians mightily, need an ethics course? Isn’t their Bible enough of an ethics course? And if not, why do they want us all to read it? Ethics, of course, comes to us liberals naturally. And please don’t bring up Clinton. After all, he told everyone that in order to win office, he had to move toward the center, toward the Republican right. Doesn’t that explain why he had some difficulty with ethics? Ahem. Come on back to the left, Bill. We’re waiting with open arms.