Germany’s far-right fired at criticism from church leaders during Nazi era

Vastavam web: Germany’s far-right AfD party fired back today at criticism from church leaders charging them with taking on the same “disreputable role they played” during the Nazi era.Religious leaders have spoken out against the anti- migrant and anti-Islam Alternative for Germany party – remarks the AfD sees as collusion with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government.”The separation of church and state is no longer respected,” said Weidel in a pre-released excerpt of an article to be published Saturday.

“With a few exceptions, large parts of the churches play exactly the same disreputable role that they played in the Third Reich,” added Weidel, whose party regularly makes polemical remarks about Germany’s Nazi past.Weidel asserted that the AfD “is the only Christian party that still exists” in Germany and criticised Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) by charging that “the C of the CDU has become absurd”.Although it began as an anti-euro party, its rhetoric has veered right to primarily rail against immigration and Islam.Key AfD members have challenged Germany’s culture of atonement over World War II and the slaughter of six million Jews in the Holocaust.