“In addressing the Protestant and Catholic audiences in 1932., the Nazis linked their own commitment to Christian principles with a warning about the threat to religion posed by advancing Marxism. “A people without faith in God will fall,” the party preached. “Religion is not an opiate but sustenance for the soul of the Volk.” The atrocities committed against the Christian faith in Spain and Russia could happen in Germany as well, the Nazis warned, if the forces of Marxism remained unchecked. “The enemies of religion are fighting with all their might to rip that most holy thing, faith, from your heart,” the party asserted, and they would use “the most despicable means to mock and ridicule your God and religion, branding you with atheism, blasphemy, and anti-Christian materialism.” The NSDAP, therefore, had an obligation “to erect a dam against the filthy torrent of atheism” that endangered Christian values everywhere.24′ The party stated its desire to “help the Christian confessions gain their rights” and restated its commitment to the equality of the churches. At the same time, however, the Nazis insisted on the removal of religion from the political arena. “Christianity is too important to this party,” the NSDAP piously intoned, to allow “church and religious affairs to be tied up with partisan politics.” Instead, the party stressed that the NSDAP, “like Christ, demands that God should be given what is God’s and the state what is the state’s.”
Source: “Polarization and Collapse: 1932 – Subcatergory: Religion.” The Nazi Voter: the Social Foundations of Fascism in Germany, 1919-1933, by Thomas Childers, The University of North Carolina Press, 2010, pp. 258–259.
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