Controversial Christian historian David Barton asserted on his "WallBuilders Live" radio show on April 13 that a lack of religion makes people become like the Nazis (video below).
According to Right Wing Watch, Barton was recalling his recent trip to Poland, where he saw historical sites of atrocities committed by the Nazis.
Barton assured his audience that the same evil from the days of Adam and Eve in the Bible lives on today among homosexuals, and that a lack of religious impact will turn people into Nazis:
The evil that’s there, it still works in the same deceptive means today, it still has that nice smiling face and, you know, a homosexual lifestyle, it’s such a wonderful lifestyle. Yeah? Why don’t you look at the medical stats and see if that’s really true? And so it always disguises itself in different ways, it comes through different means. We see it all the time.
So, what I learned is what I already knew, and that is human nature does not change and if you don’t have the impact of religion to change a heart you will end up like the Nazis. These are guys who had no conscience and that comes from not fearing God. ... That’s what Poland proves is the good stuff is Bible based, Jews and Christians, the bad stuff is secular pagan.
The Independent noted in 2006 that Pope Pius XII, nicknamed "Hitler's Pope" after Adolf Hitler, did not speak out against the Nazis for the Holocaust, which included Jews (primarily), homosexuals and gypsies. Pius XII did make one ambiguous statement during a Christmas message in 1942, reported the news site.
When Pius XII was the Vatican representative in Germany in 1933, he agreed to a treaty with Hitler, whom he reportedly admired. After Pius XII became the Pope in 1939, he suppressed a document that his predecessor wrote denouncing Hitler, according to The Independent.
Pius XII reportedly told French bishops after World War II in 1946 not to hand over Jewish children -- whom the bishops had been hiding from the Nazis -- to Jewish charities.
John Cornwell wrote in Vanity Fair in 2013 that he had gone through the files belonging to Pius XII -- real name Eugenio Pacelli -- in Vatican City, and studied transcribed testimony given by people under oath about Pacelli:
The evidence was explosive. It showed for the first time that Pacelli was patently, and by the proof of his own words, anti-Jewish. It revealed that he had helped Hitler to power and at the same time undermined potential Catholic resistance in Germany.
It showed that he had implicitly denied and trivialized the Holocaust, despite having reliable knowledge of its true extent. And, worse, that he was a hypocrite, for after the war he had retrospectively taken undue credit for speaking out boldly against the Nazis’ persecution of the Jews.
Late author Christopher Hitchens said in 2007 that Hitler never repudiated his membership in the Catholic Church, and that prayers were said for him on his birthday every year on orders from the Vatican.
"Whatever it is you call that, you can't call it secular," Hitchens said. "You may not call it secular."
Hitchens added that Hitler's propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, was the only Nazi to be ex-communicated from the Catholic Church -- and it was because he married a protestant.