Norman is, once again, insisting that Hitler was an atheist. Of course, he is lying. Hitler was a christian. It is well known that Hitler was a christian. But that fact is inconvenient for people like Norman; so, in his own words he wants to “give Hitler to the atheists.”
Now, let’s start off with some understanding. A christian is simply someone who believes that the bible is the “word of god” and worships the god of the bible. As Hitler met both of these criteria, he was a christian. The fact is very straightforward. But for those christians that are most like Hitler, those who are hate-filled, and those who want to repeat his methods, the fact is problematic.
The christians I am talking about want to demonize outsiders (a tactic very popular with totalitarian regimes.) One of the methods that they use for this is “guilt by association.” They seek to associate outsiders with the methods of brutal dictators. Norman and those christians most like him call all outsiders “atheists” regardless of their actual beliefs. Now, there is no shortage of brutal dictators that have actually been atheist. But if they were to admit even one was christian, their strategy of “guilty by association” would blow up in their faces. So they do a “No True Scotsman.” They insist that nobody who did what Hitler did could possibly be a christian.
Pay attention when people like Norman claim that Hitler was an atheist. They are revealing their own inner darkness. They want to dehumanize those not like them and make it more “acceptable” to do to outsiders what Hitler did to his outsiders. They will even tell themselves and each other that mass slaughter is “god’s will.” And they will have bible verses to back it up.
Now, of course, none of what I have said above applies to most christians. Most christians believe in something like “forgiven, not perfect” and don’t need to deny Hitler being christian. They only need to reject the “guilt by association.” And they are correct in the rejection. Hitler was a christian. But his actions were not representative of christianity. Again, this is only a problem for those who would demonize outsiders.