Metaxas the Latest to Go Full Godwin

Metaxas the Latest to Go Full Godwin November 5, 2014

Eric Metaxas, a pseudo-intellectual blowhard if ever I’ve seen one, made a video to be shown in churches on “I Stand Sunday,” last weekend’s Christian right fear festival. In that video, he declared that America is going down the same path as Nazi Germany. Mr. Godwin, call your office.

Just as Bonhoeffer tried to get churches in Germany to link arms and fight Hitler, Metaxas said, so too must churches in America rally together to push back against the government’s increasing tyranny.

“The parallel today is simply that you have a government, a state, which is getting larger and larger and more and more powerful and it is beginning to push against the church,” he warned. “There’s a window of opportunity where we can fight. If we don’t wake up and fight before then, we won’t be able to fight. That’s just what happened in Germany and that’s the urgency we have in America now. And people think that’s incendiary or I’m being hyperbolic. I’m sorry, I wish, I wish, I wish I were. I’m not.”

I agree, he’s not being hyperbolic. This goes far beyond hyperbole. Hyperbole means exaggeration, but there isn’t even a kernel of truth here to be exaggerated. Anyone who believes that the government of the United States is anti-Christian and that means it’s like Nazi Germany is simply delusional.


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  • colnago80

    Considering what happen yesterday, there may be considerable truth in what he says. A considerable victory for the Kochsuckers.

  • Kevin Kehres

    Considering what happen yesterday, there may be considerable truth in what he says. A considerable victory for the Kochsuckers.


    The pastor is right — we are moving down that path. Led by the Kochs waving their nice sniny money in the faces of the politicians.

  • grumpyoldfart

    It’s called “The Big Lie”. The hoi-poloi are suckers for it.

  • scienceavenger


  • John Pieret

    The “nice” thing about the election results is that I’m a 65 year-old living in New York State. Even the rabid (younger) teabaggers know enough not to touch the third rail of Social Security and Medicare and, even if they could sneak it by the senile, NYS is likely to pick up the pieces. I do feel sorry for the rest of you, though!

  • lordshipmayhem

    I love it when they go all “Christians were persecuted under the Nazis!” on us.

    Eidformel der Schutzstaffel (Loyaty Oath of the SS), 9.11.1935

    “What is your oath ?” – “I vow to you, Adolf Hitler, as Führer and chancellor of the German Reich loyalty and bravery. I vow to you and to the leaders that you set for me, absolute allegiance until death. So help me God !”

    “So you believe in a God ?” – “Yes, I believe in a Lord God.”

    “What do you think about a man who does not believe in a God ?” – “I think he is arrogant, megalomaniacal and stupid; he is not one of us.”

  • John Pieret

    Mr. Godwin, call your office.

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  • mirele

    Going full Godwin*–I knew there was a reason why I didn’t want to waste my time with Metaxas’ biography of Bonhoeffer.

    *Back in the early 1980s, Mike Godwin used to come to my co-op’s Friday “bar,” an illegal private party featuring beer and mixed drinks for sale. So yeah, I knew the guy back before “Godwin.”