Authoritarians of a feather flock together?

It wasn’t just the Roman Catholics who cozied up to Hitler during World War II; it was also the Mormons, sorry, “Latter Day Saints.” From Steve Benson at the Ex-Mormon site:

Purposely hidden from view by the Mormon Church for decades is the chilling and abhorrent fact that the Mormon Church actively encouraged German Latter-day Saints to stand by der Fuhrer….[Benson goes on to quote from “The Fuher’s New Clothes: Helmuth Huebner and the Mormons in the Third Reich”]

Some Church members even saw Hitler as God’s instrument, preparing the world for the millennium. Superficial parallels were drawn between the Church and the Nazi party with its emphasis on active involvement by every member …

The vital importance of Aryan ancestry gave new significance to genealogical research. And the Fuhrer himself, the non-smoking, non-drinking vegetarian who yielded to no one in his desire for absolute law and order, seemed to embody many of the most basic LDS virtues.”

Superficial parallels were drawn between the Church and the Nazi Party, with its emphasis on active involvement by every member. The women’s auxiliary of the Party and the Hitler Youth were regarded by some as secular equivalents to the Church’s Relief Society, MIA, and the Scouting programs. …

During the war, four Mormons who had opposed Hitler were arrested and put on trial in Hamburg for treason. The LDS church excommunicated them. Nice, going, Mormon leadership!

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