Christian refugees from the Middle East are just as dangerous as Muslim ones because Hitler was allegedly a Christian, Whoopi Goldberg said on Tuesday’s episode of “The View.”
During the segment, the show’s hosts talked about the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis in the wake of the Paris attacks. At least one of the attackers gained entry into France through the country’s refugee resettlement program.
Since then, many have raised safety concerns over accepting migrants via a program with lax security screening requirements that have in the past allowed terrorists to enter the U.S. Some GOP presidential candidates, namely Ted Cruz, have said that if they were in charge, only Christian refugees would be allowed to resettle in the United States.
Co-host Joy Behar exclaimed that this stance wasn’t very Christian, then implied that the Christian refugees are super dangerous.
“[Oklahoma City bomber] Timothy McVeigh was a Christian,” Behar said. “Just sayin’.”
Behar provided no evidence to support her assertion, which is somewhat understandable since McVeigh wasn’t a Christian. McVeigh identified as an agnostic and said his violent actions weren’t motivated by any religious associations, but by an extreme hatred for the federal government.
Whoopi Goldberg followed Behar’s convoluted line of thinking by pointing out how Adolf Hitler was totally a Christian.
“There have been a lot of monster Christians,” she said. “Hitler was a Christian.”
But Goldberg’s claims don’t add up, either.
The Reich Minister of Propaganda for Nazi Germany noted in 1941 that “[Hitler] hates Christianity, because it has crippled all that is noble in humanity.”
Historians disagree to what degree Hitler actively opposed Christianity in Germany, with many asserting that he planned to eradicate it entirely. In 1938, Hitler forced all pastors in the Lutheran church, the official German state church, to swear a personal oath to the Fuhrer on his 49th birthday.
“I swear that I will be faithful and obedient to Adolf Hitler, the Fuhrer of the German Reich and German people,” the pastors were required to pledge.
Any individual who refused to take the oath was to be immediately dismissed. Hitler’s demand that pastors put their loyalty to him ahead of their loyalty to Christ resulted in some 10,000 pastors leaving the official church of Germany, according to the London Times.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German Lutheran pastor who was eventually executed by Hitler’s regime, made a name for himself by regularly preaching about Hitler’s open hostility to biblical Christianity.