A Facebook fan page mistakenly attributed a quote by Adolf Hitler to Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump.
“As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice,” Hitler said at the time.
Those same words printed on a photograph of Trump were liked and shared dozens of times by members “The Trump Party” group.
“Trump all the way turn it to Jesus you will win this election. The American people have a say and they have forgotten that,” one commenter said, praising Trump for the quote. “Hillary is a dummy and joke and obama is a Muslim and a dummy and a joke too. That the real truth. And God knows how they done the American people by taking there hard work social security and borrowing from the it. And that they ran the national debt thur the roof. That a fact.”
As About.com’s Austin Cline explained, Hitler’s views on Christianity were not that different from many fundamentalists practicing in the U.S. today.
“The idea of a manly, masculine, fighting Jesus developed elsewhere as well and became known as ‘Muscular Christianity,'” Cline wrote. “Many Christians today rail against the ‘feminization’ of Christianity and argue for a more masculine, muscular Christianity that can help America maintain it’s place of dominance in the world.”
“Conservative Christians in America are no Nazis, but neither were most conservative Christians in 1920s and 1930s Germany. They did, however, come out to support the Nazis because this political party promoted a religious, political, and national vision which people found appealing.”