ialmisry, I'm curious, what part of "Gott Mit Uns" sounds atheist you?
what part of this did you miss?
The phrase "Gott mit uns" "God with us" was on the belt buckles long before Hitler, who would have worn one like this
in WWI. It had been the slogan of the German military since at least 1876 (I've seen collections of military etc. from then with the phrase all over)
The Nazis didn't put the slogan on the buckles:it was the motto of the Preussian then German military before Hitler was born. Here it is on the Royal Prussian Arms in 1709.
The phrase is in the blue banner below in Fraktur. The Nazis made a lot of use of symbols the Germans already identified with, this being one of them. Another would be "Reich" Kingdom, used although the Nazis ran a republic and opposed the monarchists and a return of the Hohenzollerns. So too their adoption of the imperial flag over the black-red-gold flag of the republic: the Weimar republic's days became numbered as more Germans flew the old imperial black-white-red instead of the official flag.
[nationalist poster of the "Let the old flags fly"]
The Nazis made this official when they took power, the idea being portraying themselves as the heirs of Imperial Germany, not the Emperor's defenders. The switch to the Nazi party flag was made after the Bremen incident
“Bremen incident” of 26 July 1935, in which a group of demonstrators boarded the ship, tore the Nazi party flag from the jackstaff and tossed it into the Hudson River. When the German ambassador protested, US officials responded that the German national flag had not been harmed, only a political party symbol. The new flag law was announced at the annual party rally in Nuremberg, where Hermann Göring claimed the old black-white-red flag, while honoured, was the symbol of a bygone era and under threat of being used by "reactionaries".http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_flag#Weimar_Republic
The design of the Nazi flag was introduced by Hitler as the party flag in the summer of 1920: a flag with a red background, a white disk and a black swastika in the middle. In Mein Kampf, Hitler explained the process by which the Nazi flag design was created: It was necessary to use the same colours as Imperial Germany, because in Hitler's opinion they were "revered colours expressive of our homage to the glorious past and which once brought so much honour to the German nation."
Btw, the Soviets were not able to abolish phrases in Russian like "spasi bo[g]" Thank you, but literally "God save [you]," and the Moscow Kremlin and St. Basil's Cathedral, monuments of and to the Russian Czar and Russian Orthodox Church, continued to be used by the Communists as symbols of the Soviet Union.
But you're right. At least Enver Hoxha was consistent in Albania: he banned all religion, going so far as to have names that reflected religion chiseled off of tombstones. Having a colored egg shell found near your house around Pascha/Easter would get you 12 years hard labor. When communism fell after over two decades of that, the first Divine Liturgy was attended by 200,000. Hoxha is dead, Christ is risen.
Why don't you try backing your assertions?
I had, and have done so some more. Do let us know if you missed something.
Please, enlighten this stupid atheist....
I though you do not believe in miracles.
LOL. Ignorance on parade. No, they don't. At least the majority: there are Sufis would speak of "a personal relationship with Allah", but the shar'i minded majority of Muslims, in particular the Sunni majority, do not. Their goal is submission to Allah, a being of absolute will, not having a relatiohship with Him. Except slave.
Submission is the relationship. Allah is Master, Muslim is slave. That's the relationship. It's personal, meaningful, inspirational, humbling, ennobling, and fulfilling for those who practice it.
That's not what they tell me, the sufis excepted. They have the same relationship as with the theory of gravity. What have they told you? Or haven't you asked?
but there is always the internet, for those who can't deal with persons.
Here's a link: People's Relationship with Allah - http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1158658516938&pagename=Zone-English-Living_Shariah%2FLSELayout
You will notice that it says "quran" and "sharia." Allah is very much in the background.
Here's another: Defining Your Relationship with Allah - http://www.helium.com/items/1534543-defining-ones-relationship-with-allah
However even the fact that a believer clings on to the outward action in times of weak iman is still considered acceptable by Allah
It is self-evident to all disinterested parties
Such as yourself
There you go, asserting again, without any demonstration of proof.
that Islam and Greek Orthodoxy and Lutheranism and Roman Catholicism and Judaism and any others all have precisely the same right to claim their path is the true one. All base their claims on the life experiences of the individual and the collective, alive today and extending backwards into the past for centuries. All claim their paths are personal, meaningful, inspirational, humbling, ennobling, and fulfilling for those who practice them. All claim traditions that have stood the test of time. All claim lineages of wise and devout leaders who speak in the name of God by the grace of God.
You side track the fact that such claims can be evaluated. The Lutherans for instance (my former affiliation) don't claim to be founded by Martin Luther. They claim Christ, but can't explain away that 15 century jump from Christ to Luther.
Muslims are told to pray five times a day to keep a good relationship with Allah.
People who hold up a household of twelve wives as the model of perfection, and insist that a divorced couple must have another man sleep with the wife before they can be reconciled, I don't trust to know what a relationship is, good or otherwise.