In the famous debate (to me at least) between Christopher Hitchens vs. Dr. William Lane Craig, Biola University April 4, 2009, Biola University Mr. Hitchens claims the following.

In Nazi Germany, prayers were said every year on the Führer’s birthday by order of the churches for his survival and well-being. The first concordat signed by Hitler and by Mussolini, in both cases, was with the Vatican. If you take out the words fascist from any account of the 1920s and 1930s, any reputable historical account, and you insert the words “Christian right wing,” or actually, “Catholic right wing,” you don’t have to change a word of the rest of the sentence.


If Hitler was really the praying type then This wiki page would have some alarming facts for the Fuhrer. Seems unlikely that a church would be praying for a head of state that is sending there clergy people to Dachau.

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    Are you asking if Hitler enjoyed praying, or if people prayed for him? In any case the only claim I can see in Hitchen's quote is "In Nazi Germany, prayers were said every year on the Führer’s birthday by order of the churches for his survival and well-being" – Sklivvz Jul 17 '15 at 18:43
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    Ok I have made an edit hopefully my question is more clear. – Neil Meyer Jul 17 '15 at 18:55
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    Why exactly has this not been opened? I do think I have now succumbed to every standard for a good question this site has. – Neil Meyer Jul 18 '15 at 8:22
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    The claim "Churches in Nazi Germany endorsed fascism" is true, but misleading. In Nazi Germany, all organizations with influence over people were annexed by the state and obligated to spread the state propaganda. This included the churches. See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protestant_Reich_Church. When the churches wanted to stay open, they had no other choice but to play along with the nazi doctrine. – Philipp Jul 18 '15 at 11:11
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    Why is this post closed? The question is easy to understand and has a straight-forward answer. – jjack Jul 19 '15 at 19:52

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