Santorum Compares Christian ‘Persecution’ to Nazi Germany

Rick Santorum joins the chorus of wingnuts making ridiculous comparisons between America and Nazi Germany. This time it’s because of non-existent persecution of Christians, which he says could escalate just like the persecution of Jews did in Germany.

The slide toward wholesale persecution is a process, Santorum said, pointing to Nazi Germany to argue that just as the Jews in that country found it “unfathomable” that anything like the Holocaust could ever happen, so too does it seem unfathomable that anything like that could ever happen in America.

“If we continue down this path, things are not going to get better,” Santorum said, “and the chance of something really bad beginning to happen, where your faith is really constrained, or your lives are really in danger becomes a possibility down the road.”

Gee Rick, allow me to point out just one tiny little difference between Christians in America and Jews in Germany in the 1930s: Christians are the overwhelming majority in this country, while Jews were a small minority there. It’s kind of an important difference that any rational person would take into consideration. But Santorum is selling fear, by any means necessary.

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  • Alverant

    How long in that speech before he asks for money or shills for a politician?

  • Pierce R. Butler

    As a Catholic, Santorum need not worry: when the next Reich comes, his Holy Mother Church will make a nice Concordat with it – just like the last time.

  • Trebuchet

    For a Catholic, he makes a pretty good protestant fundie.

  • dhall

    Another minor difference would be the complete absence of anti-Christian speeches and writings coming from the leaders of the US government. But why quibble.

  • raven

    For a Catholic, he makes a pretty good protestant fundie.

    LOL. Santorum’s religion is Syncretic. He is the New Dark Age Pope. The theology combines the worst of Catholicism with the worst of fundie Protestantism. There is a generous helping of fascism and greed, aka Loonytarianism. Plus his own invention, hatred of higher education and learning.

    Fortunately, like most new religions, it hasn’t gotten very far. He seems to be the only member.

  • raven

    For a Catholic, he makes a pretty good protestant fundie.

    True. The religions steal from each other, freely and often. The Moslem creationists frequently use fundie xian materials. Fundie Catholics look almost identical to fundie xians.

    They usually borrow the worst of each other’s doctrines, beliefs, and politics. It’s no secret why. Hate and fear are ancient all time best sellers.

    It’s all just the rapid evolution of belief systems not anchored in reality.

    PS As Santorum forgot to mention, Catholics in parts of Europe and in the USA have faced persecution and discrimination in the past. From…Protestants, left over from their Reformation wars that killed tens of millions.

  • gog

    I’m always shocked at how little self-awareness Santorum has. That bubble of ignorance and hatred he lives in must be super-duty.

  • Deacon Duncan

    I think Santorum is partly right. Christian persecution IS a lot like Nazi persecution. Christian persecution of gays, for example, is a LOT like Nazi persecution of gays.

  • raven

    I’m always shocked at how little self-awareness Santorum has.

    Maybe.

    Santorum isn’t dumb. He has three degrees from good public universities, including one in law. He is also rich. As a lobbyist, he was pulling in over a million USD a year.

    He might be a super-hypocrite. Or he might be a sociopath. I’d guess the latter.

  • John Pieret

    Wait a minute … he talks about how Christian and enlightened (by his standards) pre-Hitler Germany was and how it descended into brutality but doesn’t ask why?

    Oh, excuse me, I was assuming that Frothy Mix was trying to make a rational argument. Silly me!

  • Doc Bill

    It must be tough for old Frothy Mix to compete with the likes of Pat Robertson, Alex Jones, the various Eagle Family Freedom Forums and worst of all, Duck Dynasty, for his squeaky little voice to be heard. However, even for old Frothy Mix, Christian persecution in the USA is a pretty soft stool to sell what with something like 90% of all elected officials Christian and a church on every corner in every city. So, given the statistics who exactly is it that’s going to come after “them?”

  • suttkus

    Well, sure “Christians” are a majority, but they’re in quotes. Real true Christians who hate all the right people are a minority and are totally going to get persecuted, just like the Jews! Yes, Jews in Nazi Germany weren’t allowed to stop gays from getting married or stop women from controlling their own bodies. That’s what was so horrible about it, right? Because it’s going to be just like that.

  • hunter

    Raven @9: George W. Bush took degrees from Yale and Harvard. And I can tell you from first-hand experience, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to graduate from law school.

  • Kevin Kehres

    You mean Rick Santorum whose wife had a medical abortion of the kind now prohibited in North Dakota?

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    Well, there’s one way in which America and Nazi Germany are highly similar. The dominant group constantly wallows in its perceived victimhood as an excuse to stomp on everyone else’s rights.

  • abb3w

    @0, Ed Brayton

    It’s kind of an important difference that any rational person would take into consideration.

    …provided that they know it. However, there’s the survey mentioned back on 10/30 over at the Friendly Atheist, saying that the average guess from Americans about the fraction of Christians in the US is 56% — which suggests that there may be a significant minority of Americans who believe the US is now minority Christian.

  • http://festeringscabofrealityblogspot.com fifthdentist

    Those who don’t know history are doomed to be Republicans.

  • jeevmon

    Interesting how he defines restrictions on his faith in terms of his ability to impose his values on other people.