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Modern Politics, Church, NFL Similar to Nazi Germany

September 30, 2012

Modern Similarities to Nazi Germany Come From Surprising Sources

While it may come as a surprise, I think there is one major similarity connecting Nazi Germany, current American politics, the NFL, and a conservative church from my area.  If you think this is a reach, read a little more and I will try to explain.

I will relate an example from each of these sources in reverse order.

Local church protests unjust property tax

A church in my area recently built a sanctuary.  It is a large and beautiful edifice, and required lengthy months for construction.  During the time that was required for its completion, there was at least one other church built in our area from start to finish.

When the large, new sanctuary was completed, they immediately applied for tax exemption for their new building.  This was unanimously granted, but will not take effect until January first.  They chose to occupy their new building at Easter and appeal the tax that would legally be levied for the remainder of this year.

Just this week, the appeal was denied and the tax upheld.  There was a huge outcry, and initially I thought that the church in question was being discriminated against.  However, after just a little research, I found that this was a situation that had happened to many other local churches.

Only when this tax was applied to one particularly large, local church was the tax protested.  I wondered why the church hadn’t protested this tax when it was applied to other churches.

Replacement Officials in the NFL

I do not closely follow the NFL or any professional sport.  However, it would have been impossible to miss the uproar over the last couple of weeks about the inferior abilities of the officials working the games while the normal officials were locked out.

What struck me about this situation was that until one major gaffe last Sunday, only the losing team in each contest protested the calls of the officials.  The players were not too concerned about the calls when the calls went their way.  Only when it began to affect them did they begin to protest.

Modern Politics – Rising Taxes for Whom?

We’ve all heard a lot recently about our national budget.  We have been told that taxes are not equal and we should raise taxes on the wealthy so that they can carry their share of the economy.  While this statement is made up of both partial truths and outright lies, there is something much more alarming than the statement itself.

The proposed tax increases are being considered by the American public because they will supposedly only affect the wealthy.  However, on closer inspection one finds that these tax increases would hit primarily the American “middle class.”  It is alarming that we will consider taxing others as long as we don’t think it will directly affect us.

Nazi Germany – a Society Concerned With Self

We all learned in school about the horrors and atrocities of World War II.  There was a very insightful statement made during this time by a German Pastor named Martin Neimoller.  Here it is –

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a communist; 
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a socialist; 
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a trade unionist; 
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Jew; 
Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak out for me. 

This, to me, sums up the similarities for the four situations I have shared.

Summary: Be Informed, Be Involved in Your Community and Nation

We can avoid these situations.  The solution is simple and requires nothing extremely difficult.  What we have to do is participate in our communities.  Be aware of injustices going on around you.  Care.  Don’t be too busy to be bothered by things happening in your area.

This again is an attempt to tell you why you should vote, and why you should know what is going on around you.  Ignorance is not an excuse.

Thank you for your time and attention,



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  1. Montana Jim permalink

    This is very true. Thank you for a wonderful post.

    • Thanks Jim for taking the time to read my thoughts.

      • Montana Jim permalink

        You are certainly welcome. You make some very valid points and I am glad to see someone who actually weighs in on issues rather than going along party lines.

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