Fasco-Islamism

Keith Pavlischek at the First Things blog notes that the affinities between Islam and Fascism have been noted a long time ago. Borrowing from some other writers, he offers a quotation from a prominent theological anti-fascist:

Karl Barth, the great Swiss theologian who was the principal author (with Bonhoffer) of the Barmen Declaration against the Nazis, had this to say:

Participation in this life, according to it the only worthy and blessed life, is what National Socialism, as a political experiment, promises to those who will of their own accord share in this experiment. And now it becomes understandable why, at the point where it meets with resistance, it can only crush and kill with the might and right which belongs to Divinity! Islam of old as we know proceeded in this way. It is impossible to understand National Socialism unless we see it in fact as a new Islam, its myth as a new Allah, and Hitler as this new Allah’s Prophet.

(Church and the Political Problem of Our Day, 1939, p. 43)

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Dan

    The recent documentary OBSESSION: RADICAL ISLAM’S WAR WITH THE WEST notes the connection between Nazi Germany and Radical Islam as well. Watch this 12-minute trailer:

    http://www.obsessionthemovie.com/trailer-12min.php

    The last 5 minutes highlight the almost identical tactics, propaganda, and ideology shared by the Nazi’s and the Fasco-Islamists.

  • Dan

    The recent documentary OBSESSION: RADICAL ISLAM’S WAR WITH THE WEST notes the connection between Nazi Germany and Radical Islam as well. Watch this 12-minute trailer:

    http://www.obsessionthemovie.com/trailer-12min.php

    The last 5 minutes highlight the almost identical tactics, propaganda, and ideology shared by the Nazi’s and the Fasco-Islamists.

  • Bryan Lindemood

    Question:

    Do any Christian women immigrants from the area of the middle east also cover their heads or is it only Islam women? I sat by some ladies the other day (because nobody else would) at a first aid seminar and I found my head all a-flutter with many prejudicial thoughts. I was just thinking that I really don’t know that they were Islam.

  • Bryan Lindemood

    Question:

    Do any Christian women immigrants from the area of the middle east also cover their heads or is it only Islam women? I sat by some ladies the other day (because nobody else would) at a first aid seminar and I found my head all a-flutter with many prejudicial thoughts. I was just thinking that I really don’t know that they were Islam.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    It’s interesting to note that Barth refers to “Islam of old”. Also that Muslims do not share with National Socialists the belief that “this life” is “the only worthy and blessed life”. In fact, it is arguably the belief that, by being martyred in this life they can more certainly obtain life in the next, encourages some Muslims to take up arms.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    It’s interesting to note that Barth refers to “Islam of old”. Also that Muslims do not share with National Socialists the belief that “this life” is “the only worthy and blessed life”. In fact, it is arguably the belief that, by being martyred in this life they can more certainly obtain life in the next, encourages some Muslims to take up arms.

  • Patrick Kyle

    Correct me if I am wrong ,but isn’t the Baath party (ruling party in Syria, and Iraq under Hussein) a National Socialist party? I was also under the impression that the German Nazi Party had sown a lot of seed in the Middle East. Can anyone confirm or refute these factoids?

  • Patrick Kyle

    Correct me if I am wrong ,but isn’t the Baath party (ruling party in Syria, and Iraq under Hussein) a National Socialist party? I was also under the impression that the German Nazi Party had sown a lot of seed in the Middle East. Can anyone confirm or refute these factoids?

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