scalia blames church/state separation for existence of nazis

There’s a very good piece by Thom Hartmann at the Common Dreams site today on soon-to-be Supreme Court Chief Justice Antonin Scalia, and his recent statements about Nazi’s, and how their rise to power was due to the separation of church and state in Germany. Hartmann does a great job not only in debunking Scalia’s allegations (Hartmann links to several photos showing the close relationship between Hitler and the church), but also reminding us why our founding fathers made it a point to stipulate that church and state not mix. Here’s a clip:

Antonin Scalia, the man most likely to be our next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, turned history on its head recently when he attended an Orthodox synagogue in New York and claimed that the Founders intended for their Christianity to play a part in government. Scalia then went so far as to suggest that the reason Hitler was able to initiate the Holocaust was because of German separation of church and state.

The Associated Press reported on November 23, 2004, “In the synagogue that is home to America’s oldest Jewish congregation, he [Scalia] noted that in Europe, religion-neutral leaders almost never publicly use the word ‘God.'”

“Did it turn out that,” Scalia asked rhetorically, “by reason of the separation of church and state, the Jews were safer in Europe than they were in the United States of America?” He then answered himself, saying, “I don’t think so”…

Born in 1936, Scalia is old enough to remember the photographs that came out of Germany when he was a boy – they were all over the newspapers and news magazines at war’s end. It’s difficult to believe he wasn’t exposed to them as a teenager, particularly having been raised Catholic. And if he missed all that, one would think that his son the priest would have told him about them.

The photos that can be seen, for instance, at of the Catholic Bishops giving the collective Nazi salute. The annual April 20th celebration, declared by Pope Pius XII, of Hitler’s birthday. The belt buckles of the German army, which declared “Gott Mit Uns” (“God is with us”). The pictures of the 1933 investiture of Bishop Ludwig M

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  1. Posted December 7, 2004 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    Got big ‘uns?

  2. Tony Buttons
    Posted December 7, 2004 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    If they believe that virgins can get pregnant, and that evolution isn’t real, why not believe that Hitler was a Democrat? It makes perfect sense.

  3. Brett
    Posted December 7, 2004 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    Hitler was purportedly “Catholic”, but he was heavily into the occult and engaged in plenty of fortune-telling type behavior (the whole “ancient aryan” variety, from which they adopted the swastika, which was a pretty harmless symbol until then).
    I would say if you want to make a direct comparison, then go with Nancy Reagan and her psychic friends.

  4. Brett
    Posted December 7, 2004 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    Upon rereading the above post, i realized i was redundant in saying he was catholic and into the occult. sorry.

  5. mark
    Posted December 7, 2004 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    Scalia seems to be on a real roll. First he was
    sanctioning orgies (a la

  6. Posted December 8, 2004 at 4:22 pm | Permalink


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