It’s discouraging to read from time to time the comment, “Hitler was an atheist.” The implication is that an atheist would organize the mass murder of Jews, but a Christian would not.
Hilter never said he was an atheist. He said and wrote, “I am a Christian.” The Catholic Church of that time never said Hilter was an atheist. It said, “Hitler is one of ours.”
This peculiar practice of some people in the faith to reject factual information is a worry. The denial of Hilter’s religious inclinations is but a sympton of denial of many other facts that are inconvenient truths. This includes evolution.
While, of course, there are large segments of the Christian faith that do not reject these truths, it is the other parts of the faith that are a concern for the future of our, or any, country. We can see, every day, the hazards resulting from societies where blind religious faith dominates.
Currently, some middle east countries want “democracy”, but also put into constitutions the requirement that religious rules trump civil rules. That is, mythological beliefs will trump rules established by man, even the majority of voters. Religious leaders, speaking for god, will always have more power than elected officials.
This is where myth takes societies. The healthiest thing a country can do is reject conclusions based on mythological gods and false interpretations of history.
People of faith could start by accepting the fact Hilter was a Christian.