So I decided to take the whole week off, instead of driving back tonight to sit around for one class on Monday. Lazy of me, I know, but as Grandma and Grandpa traveled up for the holidays, it makes sense to spend the time at home.
We got our first real snow of the season, and it was lovely. It stayed off the roads, but coated all the trees and the ground quite nicely; really very scenic. It should be a nice Thanksgiving.
I've once again been subjected to the laughably inept argument that "Hitler was a Christian!" by some atheist copper-plated idiot. This absurdity really has gone on long enough, but there doesn't seem to be a way to counter it. You can try arguing from the tenets of Christianity (e.g. humility, service to others, love, faith, hope, charity, turning the other cheek, whatever) but they'll repeat ad infinitum "But he was raised Catholic! His anti-Semitism came from Christianity! It's Christianity's fault!" etc. etc. Then you try and argue from his own words, using the many instances where he laments the meekness and lack of fighting valor he thinks (wrongly) plagues Christianity. And this is always where things get weird; even when you show statements by Hitler that Christianity was weak, or foolish, or that it would die of its own accord with the state ready to assume its functions, they stonewall. "That still doesn't change the fact that Hitler was a Christian."
There is only so far source information and real historical fact will go with the modern atheist mind; it really is becoming a religion unto itself, defended with all the fervor (and ironically with even more irrationality than it condemns in its detractors) associated with religious conviction. It's becoming clearer in this day and age that there really are people who preach secular tolerance, but actively and constantly work to eliminate religion from people's lives. The frightening part is that such a crusade is carried out by men and women whose thinking is utterly illogical and motivated by a vitriol towards the religious which is downright scary.