25 Similarities Between America and Nazi GermanyBy Brannon Howse
Even the most nominally aware person knows all too well that our nationâ€”and the worldâ€”is engulfed in a major economic catastrophe. Thanks to the variety of factors at work, some observers have characterized it as the perfect economic storm. Yet this drama is a mere thunder shower by comparison with a far more devastating potential that threatens to wreck not just the American dream but the entire American ideal. If this maelstrom reaches its full power, liberty and justice for allâ€”to say nothing of the pursuit of happinessâ€”will be wiped from the face of the earth.
A perfect cultural storm is developing from the convergence of three forces, any one of which would seriously harm our way of life.
But together they portend the near certain doom of the most cherished American values. Socialism, pagan spirituality, and pragmatism have come together over the last several decades to produce a cataclysm waiting to happen.
Socialism imposes the redistribution of wealth and private property through an all-powerful, freedom-robbing central government. Pagan spirituality embraces the worship of nature along with occult practices and beliefs. Pragmatism proclaims that the truth or worth of an idea is based solely upon the results it brings (pragmatists believe that truth is relative, situational, and that a desired end justifies any means required to reach it). All three of these political, spiritual, and intellectual systems have taken a dominant place in the American worldview.
Itâ€™s been said that if we donâ€™t learn from history we are doomed to repeat it. There are those who have even compared the rumblings in America today as similar to those in pre-Nazi Germany of the 1930s. While I donâ€™t buy the notion that our government might be ready to establish concentration camps, the storm clouds heading this way have brought ideas into our public policy, laws, and national consciousness that bear a frightening resemblance to what has gone beforeâ€”in the worst of times. This same collection of worldviews laid a foundation for the atrocities and godless government of Hitlerâ€™s Germany.
Adolph Hitler, youâ€™ll recall, established the National Socialist German Workersâ€™ Party. He also bought into what I call One World Spirituality, a merging of the three worldviews of evolutionary humanism, Hindu pantheism, and occultism.
Atheism in America is no longer in vogue among our â€œintellectual elite.â€ Itâ€™s being replaced by the far more insidious pantheismâ€”insidious because it is more acceptable to the masses than outright disbelief in God. Pantheism is on track to become the dominate worldview in America and around the world in very short order.
Similar Is as Similar Does
Please understand that Iâ€™m not sensationalizing when making these observations. First Chronicles 12:32 says men of the tribe of Issachar were called wise because they â€œunderstood the times and knew what God would have them to do.â€ To help you make your own assessment of the situation, Iâ€™ve distinguished 25 benchmark issues that clearly define the intensity of the tempest that is nearly upon us. And yes, there are obvious comparisons with the growth of Nazism in Germany. I will point them out unabashedly because itâ€™s only reasonable to say so if something that looks similar to an earlier, dangerous historical parallel actually is similar. After all, storm warnings, by nature, foretell bad news.
As you read through my list, I invite you to understand the times and prepare to respond with a Biblical worldview.
Hitler eliminated Christian holidays in the schools first by calling Christmas â€œYuletide.â€ Most American public schools now call Christmas vacation a â€œwinter break.â€
Hitler outlawed school prayer in Germany. In 1962, The U.S. Supreme Court did the same for us.
Hitler took Easter out of schools and instead honored that time of year as the beginning of spring. It has likewise become common for schools in America to refer to time off at Easter as â€œspring break.â€
Hitler controlled the church using intimidation and threats. A half-century ago, U.S. Senator and Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Baines Johnson, promoted a bill that included an amendment to use the Internal Revenue Service to remove the non-profit status of a church that speaks against the election of any specific political candidate.
Hitler enticed thousands of pastors to promote paganism in their congregations. Neopaganism is one of the fastest growing religions in America, doubling every 18 months according to a June 2008 article in The Denver Post. Many American church-goers practice paganism such as â€œChristianâ€ yoga, contemplative prayer, and walking a labyrinth. As evidence that church doors continue to open further to aberrant beliefs, a 2008 survey found that 57% of evangelicals do not believe Jesus Christ is the only way to God.
Hitler prevented dissenters from using radio to challenge his worldview. Many powerful liberals in America have made clear their intent to reintroduce the â€œFairness Doctrineâ€ that would require conservative and religious radio stations to offer equal time to anti-Christian, anti-conservative worldviews.
Pastors who spoke against Hitlerâ€™s worldview and his murderous regime found themselves on trial and frequently imprisoned for â€œAbuse of Pulpit.â€ In America, hate-crime legislation has the potential to criminalize Christians and pastors who speak out against the homosexual agenda.
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