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Comment: Re:Hmm (Score 1) 760

Hitler and Nazi Germany were opposed to religion.

I have many more than just one quote. Hitler refers to the Christian God and Jesus many times in his various speeches; at one point the Nazis even tried to setup their own church. There were attempts to evict those Christian sects that were felt to be insufficiently Germanic, but the Nazis in general were a Christian group.

A more telling quote from historian Richard Steigmann-Gall is more telling:

"What we suppose Nazism must surely have been about usually tells us as much about contemporary societies as about the past purportedly under review. The insistence that Nazism was an anti-Christian movement has been one of the most enduring truisms of the past fifty years.... Exploring the possibility that many Nazis regarded themselves as Christian would have decisively undermined the myths of the Cold War and the regeneration of the German nation ... Nearly all Western societies retain a sense of Christian identity to this day.... That Nazism as the world-historical metaphor for human evil and wickedness should in some way have been related to Christianity can therefore be regarded by many only as unthinkable."

The Nazis used the writings of Martin Luther in particular to support their beliefs; the party even held mass celebrations in support of his 450th birthday.

Also inarguable is the fact that 95+% of Nazis were brought up in Christian households with Christian values. None of which apparently did anything to stop them from perpetrating the worst injustices of the modern age.

I'd be careful using Wikipedia as a reference here. There are unfortunately many writings both for and against Hitler's belief or disbelief in 'God'; however the Nazi regime was much bigger than just Hitler. And as Mr. Steigmann-Gall alludes to in the above quote, many historians and writers since the end of WWII have tried to paint Hitler as being non-Christian, as they are unable to conceive how a Christian person could commit such atrocities, in "No True Scotsman" fashion. Regardless, Hitler wasn't brought up as an Atheist with modern Humanist values, and he certainly wasn't opposed to religion -- at the very least, everyone can pretty much agree that he was more than happy to use it as a useful tool in advancing his agenda.


Comment: Re:Hmm (Score 1) 760

Yes religions opens wrong kinds of doors. Adolf Hitler was apposed to religion and killed about 11 Million people in the process. Then you had the SS doing their weird cult like practices.

Nazi Germany was not opposed to religion -- they were very specifically Christian. Hitler himself said: "We tolerate no one in our ranks who attacks the ideas of Christianity ... in fact our movement is Christian.". 94% of the German population at the time of the war were Christians, as was the bulk of the Nazi party members.

Indeed, the SS specifically did not permit atheists in their ranks; the SS Oath went like so:

What is your oath?
– I vow to you, Adolf Hitler, as Führer and chancellor of the German Reich loyalty and bravery. I vow to you and to the leaders that you set for me, absolute allegiance until death. So help me God !
So you believe in a God?
– Yes, I believe in a Lord God.
What do you think about a man who does not believe in a God?
– I think he is overbearing, megalomaniacal, and foolish; he is not one of us.

Hitler wasn't opposed to religion -- like many despots, he was opposed to potential political threats against his interests. There is a significant difference between the two.


Comment: Re:The lack of debate (Score 1) 26

by smitty_one_each (#49363479) Attached to: Does #OccupyResoluteDesk Read Slashdot?

this is why laissez-faire capitalism is bad

Maybe. Capitalism is an abstract economic system. As such, it's no more evil than, say, Marxism.
Individuals have committed all manner of sin under every possible economic system.
However, Capitalism seems to have done a better job of minimizing misery than pretty much anything else tried.

Comment: Re:The lack of debate (Score 1) 26

by smitty_one_each (#49362409) Attached to: Does #OccupyResoluteDesk Read Slashdot?

The interesting question to me is what the insurance companies are thinking.

It seemed a straightforward regulatory capture play. But keep in mind that decision makers at the top were lining their own (and the board's) wallets.
Apres moi, le deluge seems to have informed their attitude, more than capitalism.

Comment: Re: Gotta call out lots of the internals in parall (Score 1) 90

by farrellj (#49361479) Attached to: Rebuilding the PDP-8 With a Raspberry Pi

A friend of mine was able to pick up a cheap used PDP-8 in the 1990s with many of the bells and whistles (paper tape reader/writer & teletype, etc), and a full set of software. I remember toggling in the bootstrap loader to start the whole bootstrapping of the operating system. Ah...memories.

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He reminded Republicans that some of the ideas behind the Affordable Care Act--most notably its individual mandate to buy coverage--were once supported by some conservatives, although its Medicaid expansion and some other big parts of the law stem more from liberal thought.
"The Affordable Care Act pretty much was their plan before I adopted it," he said.

Comment: Re:neither bridge nor tunnel (Score 1) 226

by celtic_hackr (#49347039) Attached to: Russian Official Proposes Road That Could Connect London To NYC
Or do like the Chesapeake and make it a mix of Bridges and tunnels. That way when the Chinese, N. Koreans or Russians try an invasion we can seal a tunnel on the American side, and wait for the invasion force to fill up the tunnels and bridges before we blow the other end. But, if they built it, I'd do that road trip! Think of all the tourist spots, Tunguska, Wooly Mammoth fields, Gulag,...

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. -- John Muir