Archbishop: Secularism is the Cause of Nazism, Stalinism, Mass Murder, and Abortion

Both American (here) and foreign politicians (here) have recently blamed atheists and secularists for everything from plagues to plaque. Christian (here) and Jewish (here) have joined in the growing chorus that secularists are a threat to the future of our species. Bishop Anthony Fisher of Parramatta has added his own bizarre list of ills from secularism, blaming it for Nazism, Stalinism, mass murder and abortion in his Easter message.

Archbishop Fisher is considered a favorite of the Pope and expected to be the next head of the church in Australia. He called the harm from “godlessness” to have been “devastating” in the last century, noting “‘Nazism, Stalinism, Pol-Pottery, mass murder and broken relationships: all promoted by state-imposed atheism or culture-insinuated secularism.” Pol-Pottery? Sounds like a community college ceramics class.

The Nazi illusion has appeared in past attacks on secularists despite Hitler’s repeated emphasis on faith.

This human world of ours would be inconceivable without the practical existence of a religious belief. The great masses of a nation are not composed of philosophers. For the masses of the people, especially faith is absolutely the only basis of a moral outlook on life. The various substitutes that have been offered have not shown any results that might warrant us in thinking that they might usefully replace the existing denominations. …There may be a few hundreds of thousands of superior men who can live wisely and intelligently without depending on the general standards that prevail in everyday life, but the millions of others cannot do so.

– Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, Vol. 1 Chapter 10

He also insisted that

By helping to lift the human being above the level of mere animal existence, Faith really contributes to consolidate and safeguard its own existence. Taking humanity as it exists to-day and taking into consideration the fact that the religious beliefs which it generally holds and which have been consolidated through our education, so that they serve as moral standards in practical life, if we should now abolish religious teaching and not replace it by anything of equal value the result would be that the foundations of human existence would be seriously shaken.

– Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, Vol. 2 Chapter 1

Hitler was actually baptized as Roman Catholic, attended a monastery school, was an altar boy and claimed to be a “soldier of Christ.” There is a debate over his view of religion when he died, but Hitler actually encouraged faith among his soldiers and citizens in his twisted view of the world. He also wrote “I believe today that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator.” (Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, Vol. 1 Chapter 2).

It appears that this is a new coordinated message of the Church, citing the scourge of secular humanism while struggling with its child abuse scandal. Not only has the Pope advanced this theme, (here) and Jewish (here), but other Church leaders used the issue as part of their Easter messages.

For example, Cardinal George Pell, the Archbishop of Sydney, also attacked atheism. Cardinal compared Catholic charities to those other people, noting ”we find no community services sponsored by the atheists.” That is perfectly bizarre since Pell is suggesting that atheists do not support such charities, including religious charities. There are a host of non-religious-based charities from environmental groups to human rights groups to anti-poverty groups. It appears that Pell has confirmed that there are no secularists supporting those groups, though he did not say how he completed that survey. Such ridiculous statements move these statements from preaching to propaganda.

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27 thoughts on “Archbishop: Secularism is the Cause of Nazism, Stalinism, Mass Murder, and Abortion”

  1. This is so stupid. Just because hitler, and stalin were atheist doesnt mean they are bad because of it! what about the story of noah, where “god” made innocents pay with there lives for the wrongdoing of others.

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  3. The vitriolic atheistic replies on this blog almost prove that atheism causes people to viciously turn on others who do not hold this ideology. Comments like ‘raping little boys [and] hordes money’ (Pedophilia is extremely low in the priesthood compared to most other organisations that work with children; and the Vatican is always in debt so no hordes of money) and ‘There is a sucker born every minute’ (hateful typical atheist’s comment!) and ‘they collect under the name of religion’ and ‘Quite obviously the responsibility for all this mess falls quite squarely on the Catholic Church’ (really? any proof?) and ‘Yes, it’s those pesky thinkers causing all the world’s problems, not the believers’ (so people of faith are irrational, therefore inferior to an atheist mind?). All these comments can be measured with comments made in Nazi Germany between 1933-45. Hitler used religious language to gain support from the population who were mostly religious, to increase his secular power. He hated religion and saw it as a threat (sound familiar, Dawkins, Dennett, Hitchens!). Hitler’s plan was to kidnap the Pope and use him as a puppet for his atheist political ends. You see, it’s not hard to point Naziism and other horrors on an atheist ideology. Perhaps you atheists who regard yourselves as being superior to people of faith should learn what reason is and apply it morally and ethically and then we can look towards a peaceful world, not one based on mistrust and secular apathy.

  4. Actually “Buddha is Laughing”, Hitler was not a vegetarian. One of his top generals wrote in a diary that at one gathering, Hitler ate duck and beef, and that for health reasons Hitler ate little meat. There is a difference between being an ethical vegetarian and a health-conscious person who reduces their meat consumption.

  5. What a stupid thing to say. Let us not forget that it was Joseph Stalin who criminalized and banned abortion from 1936 until his death in 1953. Women who even considered abortion were persecuted, if not murdered.

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