Lawmakers blast Georgia Baptist leader for Hitler comparison

Mar 15, 2016

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By Aaron Gould Sheinin

Republican House members on Thursday took turns blasting the public affairs director for the Georgia Baptist Mission Board for comparing them to Hitler for failing to move so-called religious liberty legislation.

In an update written for the Christian Index last week, Mike Griffin, who is also the Baptists’ lobbyist at the Capitol, wrote : “We must not let the government do to us what Hitler did to the pastors and churches of his day. He got them to accept this protection from government action if they would agree to stay out of government. He basically said, you take care of the church and leave government to me. Pastors, this is happening before our eyes today.”

That language, a copy of which was obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, was later removed from the post, but not before it was passed around by lawmakers in the past 24 hours.

Rep. Trey Kelley, R-Cedartown, said Griffin is comparing lawmakers to the “most despicable person ever to walk this Earth.”

“I’m ashamed this man is walking around this Capitol with a badge claiming he represents me and my faith,” Kelley said and demanded an apology.

Griffin, who was at the Capitol while lawmakers spoke, said there’s nothing to apologize for.

“All we were doing was making a historical reference,” Griffin said. “Look at the article and its context. It’s simply a call to pastors for their help a call for them not to be silent.”


Source: http://www.ajc.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/lawmakers-blast-georgia-baptist-leader-for-hitler-/nqhSb/

3 comments on “Lawmakers blast Georgia Baptist leader for Hitler comparison

  • @OP – In an update written for the Christian Index last week, Mike Griffin, who is also the Baptists’ lobbyist at the Capitol, wrote : “We must not let the government do to us what Hitler did to the pastors and churches of his day. He got them to accept this protection from government action if they would agree to stay out of government. He basically said, you take care of the church and leave government to me. Pastors, this is happening before our eyes today.”

    As is common with faith-thinking wish-thinkers, he has got his history wrong and backwards!

    German preachers and churches only fell out with Hitler after they had colluded with him in the earlier years, and he recognised that they had already served their purpose of helping him into power!

    Looking through his faith-blinkers, it seems some of these Deutsche Christens have become invisible!

    http://nobeliefs.com/mementoes.htm
    The Deutsche Christen (German Christians) were a German Protestantism movement aligned towards antisemetic principles of Nazism. The DC were sympathetic to Hitler’s goal of uniting the individual Protestant churches into a single Reich church.

    Having said that, the T Party and some Republicans do have a fascist look about them!



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  • Alan4 #1:

    You are absolutely right!

    On March 21, 1933, Hitler opened the First Reichstag of the Third Reich, in the Garrison Church at Potsdam; having overwhelmingly won the vote, at the end of the ceremony Hitler turned to the benches of the Socialists who had been supporting him throughout his campaign and shouted “And now I have no further need of you.”.

    They had been completely duped; as had been all who supported the vile little monster, in the hope of gaining power on his coat tails while he did their dirty work for them.

    But Trump and the Tea party are only flattered by comparisons to the German Fascists; the Ts couldn’t organize a two car convoy. Although, as NNA pointed out the other day, it’s their voter base that’s worrying.



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