Whoopi Goldberg on Christian Syrian Refugees: ‘Hitler Was a Christian’

Did we hear that right?

On Tuesday, The View ladies devoted a few minutes to the Syrian refugee crisis. Reacting to Republican candidates’ proposals, they criticized allowing only Christians refugees into the United States, because, after all, even Christians can be bad. Case in point: Adolf Hitler – according to Whoopi Goldberg.

To introduce the segment, Goldberg pointed to solutions proposed by Republican candidates for the Syrian refugees.

“Republican candidates like Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz think America should only accept Christian Syrian refugees,” she began. “Donald Trump says we should strongly consider closing the mosques. Is this really going to help root out ISIS?”

Regardless of ISIS, Joy Behar criticized the move as unchristian.

“The irony of saying that only Christians could come is not very Christian to say that, is it?” she asked. 

Besides, Behar later said, Christians aren’t necessarily law-abiding citizens – for example, Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.

“Timothy McVeigh was a Christian,” she said. “Just sayin’.”

Goldberg agreed – and offered her own example of a bad Christian.

There have been a lot of horrifying – there have been a lot of monster Christians,” she said, before continuing: “Hitler was a Christian.” 

That comment left The View’s guest, actress Candace Cameron Bure speechless, as she responded, “Ah, ah, uhhh…” while Behar commented, “I’m not so sure.”

But Goldberg defended her statement.

“Well, he didn’t like the Catholics, remember?” she insisted. “So he thought of himself as a Christian person.”

Right… because hating Catholics makes you a Christian (while not liking certain Syrian refugees makes you not a Christian). Logic, ladies. Logic.

Bure tried to save Goldberg a few seconds later by inserting, “There are people in all groups that don't represent that group well.” 

But that wasn’t enough to redeem Whoopi’s comments.

First of all, McVeigh described himself as an agnostic in a letter written shortly before his execution. Second of all, Hitler was anti-Christian.

Historians and journalists alike agree:

  • New York Times columnist Joe Sharkey highlighted that Hitler’s forces planned to destroy German Christianity.
  • Author and professor emeritus of history at Marquette University Michael Phayer wrote: "By the latter part of the decade of the thirties church officials were well aware that the ultimate aim of Hitler and other Nazis was the total elimination of Catholicism and of the Christian religion.”
  • Rise And Fall Of The Third Reich author William Shirer wrote: “[U]nder the leadership of Rosenberg, Bormann and Himmler, who were backed by Hitler, the Nazi regime intended to destroy Christianity in Germany, if it could, and substitute the old paganism of the early tribal Germanic gods and the new paganism of the Nazi extremists.” Shirer also outlined how Hitler's "National Reich Church" planned, among other things, to replace Bibles and crucifixes at altars with Mein Kampf as well as substitute all crosses with the swastika.

Katie Yoder
Katie Yoder
Katie Yoder is Staff Writer, Joe and Betty Anderlik Fellow in Culture at the Media Research Center