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The continuing controversy over crosses on government property atop Camp Pendleton and San Diego hills reminds me of a similar issue in 1930's Germany. Adolf Hitler, a confirmed Catholic, attacked atheists and freethinkers as his first order of business when he assumed power, closing a freethinkers hall with a membership of 500,000. That same year he instituted a "Campaign against the Godless Movement." Like the current Republican Right, he despised public secular schools, saying, "Secular schools can never be tolerated because such schools have no religious instruction, and a general moral instruction without a religious foundation is built on air; consequently, all character training and religion must be derived from faith...we need believing people." (April 26, 1933, speech made during negotiations leading to the Nazi-Vatican Concordant)
In a similar cross issue, Hitler believed that crosses dedicated to Nazi martyrs on hills supported the dominance of Christianity. For example: “Our faith does and must continue to rule this nation. The cross atop the Großer Arber mountain stands as the eternal symbol of that fundamental principle of our movement and as a continuing tribute to the martyrs who died in its holy cause.” - Adolf Hitler, Speech Nuremberg, September 2 ,1933. 5th Party Congress; The title “Rally of Victory” (Reichsparteitag des Sieges). The Leni Riefenstahl film Der Sieg des Glaubens (English: The Victory of Faith) was made at this rally.
I like Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, and I am a registered Republican, but I fear that the party is losing its way to the religious right. I am a veteran of the Vietnam War, decorated with two Bronze Star Medals with "V" for Valor for combat actions in boats on the streams in the Mekong Delta's Rung U Minh (Dark Forest). As such, I have more respect than most for our honored dead. However, I also respect the separation of church and state, and I resent efforts to infringe on the constitutions of the U.S. and the state under the guise of honoring those dead. I yearn for the time when the Republican Party was the party of Abraham Lincoln, and the Religious Right were Democrat slave owners, who believed not just in Exodus Chapter 20, which contains the Ten Commandments, but also in Exodus Chapter 21, which contain's God's "ordinances," which provide the rules permitting the owning of slaves.
It is ironic that the same people who now resent any infringement on the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution by gun control advocates have no such reservations about infringement by Christians on the 1st Amendment separation of church and state. Contrary to a popular belief, it is not just Christians in our foxholes, but also Jews, Moslems, Buddhists, Hindus, and atheists.
February 10, 2012 at 4:30 p.m.
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