This sounds so familiar?
"Being true to Jesus' spirit means knowing that a leader has not only rights, but above all duties. Being true to Jesus' spirit means always being a model. "To be a leader is to be an example," just as Jesus and his work are an example for you. Being true to Jesus' spirit means being modest and unassuming. Being true to Jesus' spirit means remaining a thorough Christian in good times and bad. Being a thorough Christian means to think ever and only on the whole Christian people. It means that no matter what, always to be a servant of the total Word of Christ, to be a fully conscious, heartfelt follower of Christ above all else."
Where did I get that?
Background: On 25 February 1934, about a million Nazi Party officials gathered at points around Germany to swear an oath to Adolf Hitler. This is an excerpt from the speech Rudolf Hess gave on the occasion, which was broadcast to the nation.
The source: "Der Eid auf Adolf Hitler," Rudolf Hess, Reden (Munich: Zentralverlag der NSDAP, 1938), pp. 10-14.
The original paragraph:
"Being true to Hitler's spirit means knowing that a leader has not only rights, but above all duties. Being true to Hitler's spirit means always being a model. "To be a leader is to be an example," just as Hitler and his work are an example for you. Being true to Hitler's spirit means being modest and unassuming. Being true to Hitler's spirit means remaining a thorough National Socialist in good times and bad. Being a thorough National Socialist means to think ever and only on the whole National Socialist German people. It means that no matter what, always to be a servant of the total National Socialism of Adolf Hitler, to be a fully conscious, heartfelt follower of the Führer above all else."
Hess was simply using the tried and true words and methods of indoctrination. For fun, take a few words from the replaced version e.g. "Being true to Jesus' spirit . . ." and Google it. The number of verbatim matches to Hess' speech on xtian web sites is amazing.
Yes, I know that just because a bad person said the same things doesn't absolutely link them together. That isn't my point. My point is - when you want to to suck in the weak minded and create a rabid group mentality there is a pattern to the patter. It worked for the fascist as well as it works for any despot.
For those who might be offended by my choice of words:
a ruler or other person who holds absolute power, typically one who exercises it in a cruel or oppressive way.
despotic |diˈspätik| |dəˈspɑdɪk| |-ˈspɒtɪk| adjective
despotically |diˈspätik(ə)lē| |dəˈspɑdək(ə)li| |-ˈspɒtɪk(ə)li| adverb
ORIGIN mid 16th cent.: from French despote, via medieval Latin from Greek despotēs ‘master, absolute ruler.’ Originally (after the Turkish conquest of Constantinople) the term denoted a petty Christian ruler under the Turkish empire. The current sense dates from the late 18th cent.
One more point - Hitler wasn't an atheist - he had an exclusive direct link to the "higher powers" -- kinda like a pope. From the same speech.
"You take an oath to a man whom you know follows the laws of providence, which he obeys independently of the influence of earthly powers, who leads the German people rightly, and who will guide Germany's fate. Through your oath you bind yourselves to a man who — that is our faith — was sent to us by higher powers. Do not seek Adolf Hitler with your mind. You will find him through the strength of your hearts!"