I have come to believe that the greatest long term enormity of Nazism, Fascism, and Communism/Stalinism prior to and during WWII was the death of Christianity in Europe.
A common theme in Nazism, Fascism, and Stalinism was that religion was downplayed if not totally abandoned. The Nazis persecuted the Jews, but they also persecuted Catholics and other Christian clergy. The Soviet Union all but outlawed the Russian Orthodox Church.
People still need to believe. Religion is one of the aspects of humanity that allowed mankind to form societies. It was the basis for the first rules and codes of conduct that allowed civilizations to form.
When Christianity was taken away by these totalitarian leaders, the people focused their need to believe in the leaders themselves. We call this the “cult of personality,” but it is in fact a religion, from an anthropological and psychological perspective.
Since the end of WWII, religion in Europe and the West has decreased. In its place, a new religion has arisen. It is the Church of State. It is a believe in government. I mean belief in as religious belief.
This is the religion of the political Left. The left is overwhelmingly atheist or barely practicing in Christianity. Think about how a Catholic like Pelosi or Biden can be pro-choice when the Catholic Church is not. Their real worship is to the state.
Conservatives who are much more traditionally religious are much less likely to worship the State because they already worship a god. They don’t need the government to fill the role of a religion.
A government is just a bunch of people. Some good, some bad, most average. What the government can do, it can only do as well as the people in government can do anything.
When people who worship at the Church of State talk about government, they forget it is made up of people. They talk about government like it is an omniscient, omnipotent entity unto itself. The State is god. Individual leaders are the prophets or messiahs.
We saw this with the hagiographic portraits of Obama.
Obama was going to be the savior that healed America’s racist soul.
Hillary was supposed to be the second savior that healed America’s sexist soul.
This is why among the Left, there has been so much hand wringing and downright insanity at the election of Donald Trump. We rejected their savior.
It is why there is no rationalizing with them on these issues to come up with a compromise. They cannot tolerate our differing opinions because our opinions make us heretics. It is why everybody who didn’t vote for Hillary is a deplorable racist, sexist, homophobe, etc., because we are infidels. We are unbelievers. We are Kafir.
Liberalism is their religion, and they are preparing their Jihad.