Monday, July 11, 2011

Little has changed since 1900

The New Orleans lynching of eleven Italian immigrants was precipitated by this open hatred in 1891 New Orleans. It was the largest mass lynching in the history of the USA. (See: Milestones of the Italian American Experience, National Italian Foundation; cp. “An Extreme Prejudice: Anti-Italian Sentiment and Violence in Louisiana, 1855-1924,” by Alan G. Gauthreaux, History4All, Inc.) The crime of the Italian immigrants was that they were Roman Catholic and foreign-born.
Most commented on the greatness of Hitler who would restore the white race, and US Senator Prescott Bush (R-CT) rushed to fund Hitler’s cause, especially on learning that Hitler proclaimed himself (repeatedly) to be a good Christian and proudly noted that he always carried with him Martin Luther’s New Testament with him and waved it at his rallies, identical to Vander Plaats use of the Bible at his rallies: Helmreich, Ernst Christian (1979), The German Churches Under Hitler, Wayne State University Press, p. 139). Southern Baptists, especially in Texas, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama celebrated the “rebirth of freedom from the sin of Ham” and saluted their co-religionists in Germany. German Baptists openly acclaimed Hitler was a Christian, and in the USA “U.S. Baptists said surprisingly nice things about Hitler”, Baptist Standard, by Professor Lloyd Allen – Church History at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky — May 27, 2002; As Allen noted:

“This focus on [Hitler's] personal piety resulted partially from a frontier religious ethic. On the American frontier, where Baptist strength arose in the Second Great Awakening, the most crucial ethical decisions were personal–alcoholism, spousal abuse and violence. Few complex social structures existed on the frontier to attract a sustained moral critique. Baptists equated eliminating the sins of the flesh with Christian living.”

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