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Nazism Was More of a Religion than Islam

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Submitted by gerhard (Argentina), Jan 27, 2006 at 19:08

Publicly, certainly, the NSDAP was careful never to make religious utterances. The reason for this policy can be seen from Hitler's private statements on the subject recorded by Martin Bormann's stenographer (Heinrich Heims: Hitlers Tischgespraeche 1941-1944).

On 23 September 1941 Hitler said: "The NSDAP will never try to imitate a religion culturally, its task is to construct a scientific doctrine which is nothing more than a cult of reason." In the light of this scientific reason, he expected the Churches to eventually die out. As the result of a statement on 11 July 1941 that "in the long term National Socialism and the Church cannot co-exist" he was asked by secretary Christa Schroeder if that would mean a new war. To this he replied, "No, it would not. The ideal solution is that the Churches simply die out because what they preach is scientifically unreasonable."

Returning to this theme on 14 October 1941, he explained: "If we overthrow the Church, the entire population will cry out: 'What do we have to replace it?' Should I ask my Gauleiters to disavow all their projects and become clerics?" Of course not. What had to be done to replace the Church eventually, as he had explained previously on 20 February 1941, was to "educate people to a religiosity, but one which is anti-clerical: we must educate them in humility for Nature, to know that they cannot dominate Nature, but that we are dependent on Creation. That is a long way from the superstition of the Church. Christianity is the foulest setback which humanity has ever encountered."

"Man is becoming a god," Hitler told Hermann Rauschning: "that is the simple fact. Man is a god in the making. Man has eternally to strain at his limitations. The moment he relaxes and contents himself with them, he decays and falls below the human level. He becomes a quasi-beast. Gods and beast, that is what our world is made of....But those who listen to the immemorial message of man, who devote themselves to our eternal movement, are called to a New Humanity.

"Now do you appreciate the depth of our National Socialist Movement? Can there be anything greater and more all-comprehending? Those who see in National Socialism nothing more than a political movement know scarcely anything of it. It is more even than a religion: it is the will to create mankind anew."

"Humanity", Rauschning explained, "is in the throes of a vast metamorphosis, and Hitler is the prophet of man's rebirth in a new form. A process of change that has lasted for literally thousands of years is approaching its completion. The coming age is revealing itself in the first great human figures of a new type. Just as, according to the imperishable prophecies of the old Nordic peoples, the world has to continually renew itself, the old order perishing with its gods, just as the Nordic people's took the sun's passing of the solstices as a figure of the rhythm of life, so must man now turn back in order to attain the higher stage."

The manner in which the creation of the human-god was to be physically achieved, and efforts to so create the human-god were being continued abroad after the destruction of the National Socialist State, can be found by those who care to follow the literature on the subject, but obviously it is not something which historians or their governments care to have included in the standard histories.

Hitler stated that National Socialism was not merely a religion, but was even more than a religion. Whether the disagreeable aspects of it were religious is open to question but they may have been.

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