The graffitist at the Old Mission displays a combination of criminality, bigotry, hate-speech, and deep ignorance. Here are a few examples of Nazi opinion about Christianity: Martin Bormann, one of Hitler’s closest and most influential aides, declared that National Socialism and Christianity are irreconcilable, and Hitler himself said that Christianity was a religion of fools and “old women.” Hitler declared that “The heaviest blow that ever struck humanity was the coming of Christianity…. The deliberate lie in the matter of religion was introduced into the world by Christianity.” Hitler and Stalin were both baptized Christians, but each did their best to destroy Christianity as well as Judaism.
A sane and balanced account of Jews and Christians murdered by these two monsters can be found in the current book Bloodlands by Timothy Snyder.
Jeffrey B. Russell is a UCSB professor of history, emeritus.