Written by Douglas William Krieger

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Atrepparttar earliest formation ofrepparttar 143132 Nazi Party, Hitler expressed his Christian support torepparttar 143133 German people and soldiers. Inrepparttar 143134 1920s, Hitler's German Workers' Party (pre Nazi terminology) adopted a twenty-five-point program withrepparttar 143135 clear intent to persuaderepparttar 143136 German people that "positive Christianity" was in full conformity torepparttar 143137 "moral" convictions ofrepparttar 143138 Party—i.e.,repparttar 143139 Party fully embracedrepparttar 143140 morality of Christianity and that Christianity was viewed as "singular" inrepparttar 143141 minds of that Party—Catholic and Protestants were considered asrepparttar 143142 foundation of German Christianity in its fullness and jurisdiction (the Party embraced both as one). "MY LORD AND SAVIOR . . . IN THE BOUNDLESS LOVE AS A CHRISTIAN . . . HE HAD TO SHED HIS BLOOD UPON THE CROSS. My feelings as a Christian point me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me torepparttar 143143 man who once in loneliness, surrounded only by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them. This is God's truth! He was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read throughrepparttar 143144 passage which tells us howrepparttar 143145 Lord at last rose in His might and seizedrepparttar 143146 scourge to drive out ofrepparttar 143147 Templerepparttar 143148 brood of vipers and adders. How terrific was His fight forrepparttar 143149 world againstrepparttar 143150 Jewish poison. Today, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before inrepparttar 143151 fact that it was for this that He had to shed His blood uponrepparttar 143152 Cross. As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I haverepparttar 143153 duty to be a fighter for truth and justice.... "And if there is anything which could demonstrate that we are acting rightly it isrepparttar 143154 distress that daily grows. For as a Christian I have also a duty to my own people.

"When I go out inrepparttar 143155 morning and see these men standing in their queues and look into their pinched faces, then I believe I would be no Christian, but a very devil, if I felt no pity for them, if I did not, as did our Lord two thousand years ago, turn against those by whom today this poor people is plundered and exploited."

[Note, "Brood of vipers" appears in Matt. 3:7 & 12:34. John 2:15 depicts Jesus driving outrepparttar 143156 moneychangers (adders) fromrepparttar 143157 temple.] Adolf Hitler, in his speech on 12 April 1922 “We were convinced thatrepparttar 143158 people needs and requires this faith. We have therefore undertakenrepparttar 143159 fight againstrepparttar 143160 atheistic movement, and that not merely with a few theoretical declarations: we have stamped it out.” --Adolf Hitler, in a speech in Berlin on 24 October 1933 Indeed, Hitler's speeches and proclamations, even more clearly, reveal his faith and feelings toward a Christianized Germany. Nazism presents an embarrassment to Christianity and demonstratesrepparttar 143161 danger of blending "faith with politics." Do you find it "spiritually disconcerting" to discoverrepparttar 143162 depth of Hitler's hermeneutic? How about his exegesis of Matthew 3:7, 12:34 and John 2:15? Hitler's depiction of Jesus asrepparttar 143163 FIGHTER, not asrepparttar 143164 sufferer, is a distortion ofrepparttar 143165 Scriptural intent of this reading; however, without knowingrepparttar 143166 full contextual nature ofrepparttar 143167 Word, one could (as Hitler did) surmise a MILITANT JESUS is in view, and not a suffering Jesus.

It has been said, "the Bible can be read to say anything!" Examples abound: "Judas hung himself . . . go thou and do likewise!" This classic piece of cut and paste, though stupid, is precisely what many so-called expositors do withrepparttar 143168 Word of God—Hitler was no exception. But,repparttar 143169 shedding ofrepparttar 143170 blood of Jesus asrepparttar 143171 ultimate payment for "truth and justice andrepparttar 143172 German way" is frightening and turns true Christianity on its head! Note that Hitler claims to be a Christian and, as such, he has a duty to his own people—he too, like Jesus, must be a fighter for truth and justice--he must ridrepparttar 143173 Temple ofrepparttar 143174 moneychangers, ofrepparttar 143175 abominable Jews who harass his people, like Jesus did. The German people, according to Hitler, were being "plundered and exploited" and he would be NO CHRISTIAN if he didn't do something about it. Hitler's identification as a Christian was one of activism--not in name only! In this artful persuasion he under girdedrepparttar 143176 German people in their predisposition to anti-Semitism,repparttar 143177 full spiritual justification for their participation inrepparttar 143178 "Final Solution."

In sum: Hitler showed his disdain for atheism, and pagan cults, and revealedrepparttar 143179 strength of his Christian feelings--make no doubt about that. Likewise, his was no meaningless and superficial theology--it was clearly demarcated and set forth in all its hideous implications with righteous gusto.


"It will at any rate be my supreme task to see to it that inrepparttar 143180 newly awakened NSDAP,repparttar 143181 adherents of both Confessions can live peacefully together side by side in order that they may take their stand inrepparttar 143182 common fight againstrepparttar 143183 power, which isrepparttar 143184 mortal foe of any true Christianity. " Adolf Hitler, in an article headed "A New Beginning," 26 Feb. 1925 "This is for us a ground for satisfaction, since we desire thatrepparttar 143185 fight inrepparttar 143186 religious camps should come to an end... all political action inrepparttar 143187 parties will be forbidden to priests for all time, happy because we know what is wanted by millions who long to see inrepparttar 143188 priest onlyrepparttar 143189 comforter of their souls and notrepparttar 143190 representative of their political convictions."--Adolf Hitler, in a speech torepparttar 143191 men ofrepparttar 143192 SA at Dortmund, 9 July 1933, onrepparttar 143193 day afterrepparttar 143194 signing ofrepparttar 143195 Concordat (Agreement withrepparttar 143196 Roman Catholic Church,repparttar 143197 Papacy). The unity ofrepparttar 143198 Church is a recurrent message delivered by Hitler. His object, of course, was "againstrepparttar 143199 power" -- i.e.,repparttar 143200 international Jewish conspiracy againstrepparttar 143201 Church, and, of course,repparttar 143202 German people andrepparttar 143203 world in general. The technique of solidifyingrepparttar 143204 churches intorepparttar 143205 "Hammer of God" was a strategy that appealed torepparttar 143206 vast majority of German Christians. That he would see in them such an instrument of righteous indignation was commending--both to them asrepparttar 143207 object of his insight, and to himself for his discernment of such. It is my firm conviction that this is precisely what is happening in America today. The appeal torepparttar 143208 Christian religion inrepparttar 143209 battle “against evil” withinrepparttar 143210 West is NOT an historic first! Don't be so quick to terminate this reading--let me explain. Who are those who most clearly understandrepparttar 143211 language of THE EVIL AXIS? Who are those who clearly grasprepparttar 143212 "spiritual reality" behind Islamic terrorism? The current President is no fool in appealing torepparttar 143213 most religious in leading his charge againstrepparttar 143214 forces of evil that assailrepparttar 143215 current drama. The appeal to religious unity inrepparttar 143216 face of extremity is manifested in Islamic Jihad--Holy War. (Please cut/pasterepparttar 143217 following address for remainder ofrepparttar 143218 article/with graphics as well: www.the-tribulation-network.com )

Doug is a member of several evangelical prophetic alliances (www.lastdaysnetwork.com; www.the-tribulation-network.com; www.thetribnet.org). Their ministry provokes analysis of current Political and Religious topics...drawing attention to the "Last Days" phenomenon of the Great Apostasy and the "Falling Away from the Faith."

Your Government at Work: Gitmo Torture and Beyond

Written by Scott C. Smith

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Now, why would a Department of Defense interrogator impersonate an FBI agent? As we can see fromrepparttar memorandum,repparttar 143131 answer is pretty clear:repparttar 143132 interrogators used forms of torture not approved byrepparttar 143133 FBI. Which probably goes beyond a fraternity hazing, and perhaps edges closer torepparttar 143134 techniques employed by Saddam Hussein’s regime.

As far as allegations that a copy ofrepparttar 143135 Quran had been flushed in a toilet,repparttar 143136 Associated Press reported on May 26 thatrepparttar 143137 prisoner who maderepparttar 143138 claim had since retracted his story. But military investigators did uncover five instances whererepparttar 143139 Quran was “mishandled.” Brig. Gen. Jay W. Wood,repparttar 143140 commander ofrepparttar 143141 detention center at Guantanamo Bay, told reporters that a military investigation did uncover five instances whererepparttar 143142 Quran was mishandled: four by guards, and one time by an interrogator.

The FBI documents outline other allegations of abuse at Gitmo, including detainee reports of being beaten by guards, and in one instance,repparttar 143143 sexual assault of a detainee. In April 2003, a detainee reported that a female guard had fondled his genitals while male guards held him down. The female guard toldrepparttar 143144 detainee that she was having her menstrual period and proceeded to wipe blood onrepparttar 143145 detainee.

Aren’t we supposed to be better than this? Prisoner abuse is something done by our enemies, not us. And yet, in every instance where someone fromrepparttar 143146 Bush administration tried to explain awayrepparttar 143147 abuse as “isolated,” we discover thatrepparttar 143148 abuse was not isolated, and ifrepparttar 143149 FBI documents are any indication,repparttar 143150 abuse is widespread and frequent. Yet no one fromrepparttar 143151 Department of Defense or Justice Department are being held accountable forrepparttar 143152 abuse of prisoners. And probably never will. After all,repparttar 143153 Bush administration had its “accountability” moment inrepparttar 143154 2004 election; top-level officials have nothing to worry about. And we can all pretend thatrepparttar 143155 most important issues ofrepparttar 143156 day arerepparttar 143157 appointment of a handful of President Bush’s judicial nominees to various courts. We’ll just lookrepparttar 143158 other way when it comes to torture and violations ofrepparttar 143159 Geneva Convention. Oh, and Social Security, that’s a pretty important national discussion. Prisoner abuse? Who cares? Give merepparttar 143160 remote control; it’s time to watchrepparttar 143161 latest news onrepparttar 143162 Michael Jackson trial.

Scott C. Smith is a freelance writer from Beaverton, Oregon. Scott is a columnist for the web site Counterbias.com

Scott's columns have also appeared at the popular liberal web sites The Democratic Underground and The Smirking Chimp.

In addition to his column, Scott writes about media and politics at his blog, "What’s In Scott’s Head," at Scottcsmith dot net.

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