The Cornwall Alliance is a conservative Christian non-profit that rails against environmentalism. It is, of course, funded by the oil industry. Now they’re promoting a book that claims that the real cause of Hitler and the Third Reich was concern for the environment. Seriously.
But one that hardly anyone has the courage, the determination, and the deep historical understanding to expose is the integral, indeed indispensable, role the “Green” movement played, from the late 1800s into the 1940s, in shaping Nazi anti-Semitism and the “final solution” of Hitler’s Holocaust.
My friend Rev. R. Mark Musser does just that in the expanded edition (nearly ¾ larger!) of his extraordinary book Nazi Oaks: The Green Sacrifice of the Judeo-Christian Worldview in the Holocaust. Mark meticulously builds his case, using compelling primary documentation from leading thinkers of the Green movement in Germany and elsewhere. The verdict is unavoidable: National Socialism’s “scientific” Social Darwinism—Darwinian evolutionary biology’s “survival of the fittest” applied to societies competing for scarce resources—provided the justification for the Holocaust “precisely because of its nature-based ethos that valued the natural world above people.”
This study is not just for historians with curiosity about a bygone era. Everyday people all over the world need to learn its lessons, clearly stated in non-technical language, so we can prevent our governments’ repeating the horrors.
Much of today’s environmental movement shares the same assumptions, and while it hides its racist/eugenicist impulses, its ongoing demands for human population control and reduction have led, and continue to lead, to the murder of human beings and the violation of civil rights on a scale that makes the Holocaust look tiny by comparison—336 million abortions in China since 1979 (more than the entire population of the United States), and a forced-sterilization program in India from the 1970s onward that included 6.2 million male sterilizations in 1975 and 4 million sterilizations in 2013–2014 (over 97 percent done on women), to offer just two examples.
Don’t think “It can’t happen here.” Through the first six decades of the twentieth century, nearly 70,000 Americans were subjected to forced sterilization under eugenics-driven policy closely matched Adolf Hitler’s, and America’s largest abortion provider today—Planned Parenthood—was founded under the name “Birth Control League” by Margaret Sanger, a fervent proponent of eugenics and population control who carefully arranged for its “clinics” to be located in or near African American communities to slow their growth.
Funny how this Protestant non-profit conveniently forgets to mention Martin Luther, the founder of Protestantism and the primary theological influence over Germany for centuries. If you’re looking for the blueprint for the Nazis, look no further than a book written by Luther called On the Jews and Their Lies:
What then shall we Christians do with this damned, rejected race of Jews? Since they live among us and we know about their lying and blasphemy and cursing, we can not tolerate them if we do not wish to share in their lies, curses, and blasphemy. In this way we cannot quench the inextinguishable fire of divine rage nor convert the Jews. We must prayerfully and reverentially practice a merciful severity. Perhaps we may save a few from the fire and flames [of hell]. We must not seek vengeance. They are surely being punished a thousand times more than we might wish them. Let me give you my honest advice.
First, their synagogues should be set on fire, and whatever does not burn up should be covered or spread over with dirt so that no one may ever be able to see a cinder or stone of it. And this ought to be done for the honor of God and of Christianity in order that God may see that we are Christians, and that we have not wittingly tolerated or approved of such public lying, cursing, and blaspheming of His Son and His Christians.
Secondly, their homes should likewise be broken down and destroyed. For they perpetrate the same things there that they do in their synagogues. For this reason they ought to be put under one roof or in a stable, like gypsies, in order that they may realize that they are not masters in our land, as they boast, but miserable captives, as they complain of incessantly before God with bitter wailing.
Thirdly, they should be deprived of their prayer-books and Talmuds in which such idolatry, lies, cursing, and blasphemy are taught.
Fourthly, their rabbis must be forbidden under threat of death to teach any more…
Fifthly, passport and traveling privileges should be absolutely forbidden to the Jews. For they have no business in the rural districts since they are not nobles, nor officials, nor merchants, nor the like. Let them stay at home…If you princes and nobles do not close the road legally to such exploiters, then some troop ought to ride against them, for they will learn from this pamphlet what the Jews are and how to handle them and that they ought not to be protected. You ought not, you cannot protect them, unless in the eyes of God you want to share all their abomination…
To sum up, dear princes and nobles who have Jews in your domains, if this advice of mine does not suit you, then find a better one so that you and we may all be free of this insufferable devilish burden – the Jews…
Luther tilled the soil into which Hitler planted the seeds of madness. And if we do not take action to minimize the effects of global warming and many other serious environmental problems, it will kill far more people than Hitler ever dreamed of.