Let’s rewrite it back to what is was before it was rewritten.Â Or, just rewrite it to fit my own bias.Â YouÂ can decide.
Hitler said he was a Christian.Â Many pundants now say he was an atheist.Â Mostly, he was neither.Â Â
Lenin and the Communists are referred to as “atheists”. They, like Hitler, might have thought of themselves, personally, as Christians.Â Like Hitler, they were mostly neither.Â Â Like Hitler, theyÂ had other things on their minds.
The Communists came to power with economic, not religious, goals.Â In trying toÂ reach theirÂ economic goals, they ran intoÂ political resistance.Â SomeÂ was from the Church.
So, like Hitler’s decision to publicize his religious convictions, Communists made the pragmatic decision to abolishÂ a group that criticized their economic goals.Â This was the church.
Both Hitler and Lenin/Stalin were politicans, as well as evil dudes.Â They used persuasion and the power of government to bring about the changes they wanted. Hitler wanted to restore the “greatness” that German’s might have thoughtÂ they had before WWI.Â Lenin wanted to redistribute income and wealth.Â Probably both thought they would be very popular for their efforts.
Today it is popular to say thatÂ Communists were atheists. The implication beingÂ that atheists are Communists.Â People like me amuse themselves byÂ pointing outÂ that Hitler was a Christian. The implication being that Christians are like Hitler.
What does Hilter’s Christianity and theÂ Lenin/Stalin persecution of Christians have to do with today’s Christians and atheists?Â Actually, nothing.Â
The sooner we stop linkingÂ these historical villians to either point of viewÂ the better off we will be.