On Sunday, January 27, 2013 5:58:15 AM UTC-5, rclough wrote:
>  Hi John Mikes 
> Luther did not motivate anybody to kill jews.

Why would you think that could possibly be true? 

If the head of Coca-Cola began a weekly TV program about how your house 
should be burned down, and that your family should have no legal rights, 
and that it is the fault of the viewer if they are not killed, would you 
think it a coincidence that you and your family should be targeted for 

>From the Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_views_of_Adolf_Hitler

In November 1936 the Roman Catholic prelate Cardinal Michael von Faulhaber 
> met Hitler at Berghof for a three hour meeting. He left the meeting 
> convinced that "Hitler was deeply religious" and that "The Reich Chancellor 
> undoubtedly lives in belief in God. He recognises Christianity as the 
> builder of Western culture".
> Hitler viewed the Jews as enemies of all civilization and as 
> materialistic, unspiritual beings, writing in Mein Kampf: "His life is only 
> of this world, and his spirit is inwardly as alien to true Christianity as 
> his nature two thousand years previous was to the great founder of the new 
> doctrine." Hitler described his supposedly divine mandate for his 
> anti-Semitism: "Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with 
> the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am 
> fighting for the work of the Lord."[102]
> In his rhetoric Hitler also fed on the old accusation of Jewish Deicide. 
> Because of this it has been speculated that Christian anti-Semitism 
> influenced Hitler's ideas, especially such works as Martin Luther's essay 
> On the Jews and Their Lies and the writings of Paul de Lagarde. Others 
> disagree with this view.[103] In support of this view, Hitler biographer 
> John Toland opines that Hitler "carried within him its teaching that the 
> Jew was the killer of God. The extermination, therefore, could be done 
> without a twinge of conscience since he was merely acting as the avenging 
> hand of God..." Nevertheless, in Mein Kampf Hitler writes of an upbringing 
> in which no particular anti-Semitic prejudice prevailed.
> According to historian Lucy Dawidowicz, anti-Semitism has a long history 
> within Christianity, and that the line of "anti-Semitic descent" from 
> Luther to Hitler is "easy to draw." In her The War Against the Jews, 
> 1933-1945, she writes that Luther and Hitler were obsessed by the 
> "demonologized universe" inhabited by Jews. Dawidowicz states that the 
> similarities between Luther's anti-Jewish writings and modern anti-Semitism 
> are no coincidence, because they derived from a common history of 
> Judenhass, which can be traced to Haman's advice to Ahasuerus, although 
> modern German anti-Semitism also has its roots in German nationalism.[104] 
> Catholic historian José Sánchez argues that Hitler's anti-Semitism was 
> explicitly rooted in Christianity.[105]
> Hitler simplified Arthur de Gobineau's elaborate ideas of struggle for 
> survival among the different races, from which the Aryan race, guided by 
> providence, was supposed to be the torchbearers of civilization.[106] In 
> Hitler's conception, Jews were enemies of all civilization, especially the 
> Volk. Although Hitler has been called a "Social Darwinist, he was not such 
> in the usual sense of the word. Whereas Social Darwinism stressed struggle, 
> change, the survival of the strongest, and a ceaseless battle of 
> competition, Hitler, through the use of modern industrial technology and 
> impersonal bureaucratic methods ended all competition by the ruthless 
> suppression of all opponents."[107] His understanding of Darwinism was 
> incomplete and based loosely on the theory of "survival of the fittest" in 
> a social context, as popularly misunderstood at the time. 

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