" The Smell of the Weimar 
  Republic is in the Air "

-Gore Vidal 

1996 Speech at the National Press Club
 Religion in the Press 
Sarasota Journal Editorial December  6, 1997

   Freedom of Religion in the Press "...Adolf Hitler had no use for God fearing people. He wanted for his own the absolute loyalty of all Germans. There was to be only one power in Germany, and Adolf Hitler was to be it. The movement that Hitler backed wanted to change the Christian religion. Among other things they proposed the abandonment of the Old Testament, 'with its tales of cattle merchants and pimps' and the revision of the New Testament with the teaching of Jesus 'corresponding entirely with the demands of National Socialism'. Resolutions were drawn up demanding 'One people, One Reich, One Faith.' requiring all pastors to take an oath of allegiance to Hitler and insisting that all churches exclude converted Jews." (William L. Shirer, THE RISE AND FALL OF THE THIRD REICH, Fawcett Crest, 1962 p. 328)
   These measures occurred years after the church had been thoroughly discredited as centers of mythology for the unenlightened. Scholarly Biblical criticism, begun as an intellectual movement in Germany, reduced the Bible to a set of fairy tales. Jesus was considered by scholars to be a very minor prophet. Ministers were subjected to scorn as unenlightened or, worse, manipulators of the uneducated. All of this occurred well before Hitler came to power. He inherited a nation that had lost its moral foundation.
   The same kind of criticism of the Church is leveled by the intellectual community in the U.S. today. The church finds itself in the same role today as it was in Germany in the 30's. Religion is considered inappropriate for discussion in public forums. It is never discussed on radio talk shows, in political forums, in media roundtables, in the classroom, in Presidential speeches and rarely, but rarely accurately, in the Press.
   The Sarasota Journal is not a religious publication. Its editorial staff, however, are clearly aware of the vital role of religion in the history of our country. It is the foundation of our Constitution. Religion, whether it be Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or other, is vital to the well being of the community and must be placed at the very center of our public discourse.

   If it is not polite to discuss religion then we will be indelicate. If the marketplace of ideas does not include religious it is unacceptably censored. Religion is much more than an exclusively personal and private matter. It is the cornerstone of our public life. If what matters most to people can not be discussed in public forums then nothing separates us from the most totalitarian state. In the name of freedom and in order to discuss important issues intelligently, religion will be a vital component of every issue of our publication.

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Nazis and U.S. Politics 

 Washington Times - Letter to the Editor 6/7/95 - Arlington
Thomas Colton Ruthford

During the past several months in the American press, the Democrats have frequently denounced the Republicans as Nazis due to their attempts to control runaway federal spending. How very ironic. I remember the Nazis. Let me share a little about them and recall some of their exploits.

First of all, "Nazi" was gutter slang for the verb "to nationalize". The Bider-Mienhoff gang gave themselves this moniker during their early struggles. The official title of the Nazi Party was "The National Socialist Workers Party of Germany". Hitler and the Brownshirts advocated the nationalization of education, health care, transportation, national resources, manufacturing, distribution and law enforcement.

Hitler came to power by turning the working class, unemployed, and academic elite against the conservative republic. After der fuhrer's election ceased being a political conspiracy and was transformed into a fashionable social phenomenon, party membership was especially popular with educators, bureaucrats, and the press. Being a Nazi was politically correct. They called themselves "The Children of the New Age of World Order" and looked down their noses at everyone else. As Hitler accrued more power, he referred to his critics as "The Dark Forces of Anarchy and Hatred". Anyone who questioned Nazi high-handedness in the German press was branded a "Conservative Reactionary". Joseph Goebbels, minister of communications, proclaimed a "New World Order".

The Nazi reign of terror began with false news reports on the Jews, Bohemians and Gypsies who were said to be arming themselves to overthrow the "New World Order" and Hitler demanded that all good people register their guns so that they wouldn't fall into the hands of "terrorists and madmen". Right wing fanatics of the "Old Order" who protested firearms registration were arrested by the S.S. and put in jail for "fomenting hatred against the Government of the German people".

Then the Reichstag (government building) was blown up and Hitler ram-rodded an "Emergency Anti-Terrorist Act" through Parliament that gave the Gestapo extraordinary powers. The leader then declared that for the well-being of the German people, all private firearms were to be confiscated by the Gestapo and the Wermotten (federal law enforcement and military). German citizens who refused to surrender their guns when the "jack-boots" (Gestapo) came calling, were murdered in their homes. By the way, the Gestapo were the federal marshals' service of the Third Reich. The S.W.A.T. team was invented and perfected by the Gestapo to break into the homes of the enemies of the German people.

When the Policia Bewakken, or local police, refused to take away guns from townsfolk, they themselves were disarmed and dragged out into the street and shot to death by the S.A. and the S.S. Those were Nazi versions of the B.A.T.F. and the F.B.I. When several local ministers spoke out against these atrocities, they were imprisoned and never seen again.

The Gestapo began to confiscate and seize the homes, businesses, bank accounts, and personal belongings of wealthy conservative citizes who had prospered in the old Republic. Pamphleteers who urged revolt against the Nazis were shot on site by national law enforcement and the military. Gypsies and Jews were detained and sent to labor camps. Mountain roads throughout central Europe were closed to prevent the escape of fugitives into the wilderness, and to prevent the movement and concealment of partisan resistance fighters.

Public schools rewrote history and Hitler youth groups taught the children to report their parents to their teachers for anti-Nazi remarks. Such parents disappeared. Pagan animism became the state religion of the Third Reich and Christians were widely condemned as "right wing fanatics".

Millions of books were burned first and then people. Millions of them burned in huge ovens after they were first gassed to death. Unmarried women were paid large sums of money to have babies out of wedlock and then given medals for it. Evil was declared as being good, and good was condemned as being evil. World Order was coming and the German people were going to be the "peacekeepers".

Yes, indeed, I remember the Nazis and they weren't Republicans, or "right wing", or "patriots" or "militias". They were Socialist monsters.

-Thomas Colton Ruthford
"In Germany they first came for the Communists and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me--and by that time no one was left to speak up."    

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