Father Charles Coughlin, father of hate radio

Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh ought to light a candle for the fiery (and racist) priest who started off as a populist, but then took a very wrong turn.

More here at Obit, by Dick Polman.

7 responses to “Father Charles Coughlin, father of hate radio

  1. What a strange and wonderful website. Where do you find these places?

    I never heard Coughlin, but my Father would bring him up every time he wanted to make a priest uncomfortable about discussing politics.

    • I spend far too much time on the Internet looking for such websites (and I love this one, too), so that you don’t have to. I wrote a paper on Father Coughlin in the seminary in one of the best classes I ever took there on misunderstandings between Christians and Jews through the centuries. I learned about Catherine the Great, Fr. Coughlin, and a host of others who couldn’t get over their anti-Semitism. Coughlin, if I’m remembering correctly, started out as a true believer, a real populist (like Lou Dobbs!) and then veered sharply into bigotry and hate.

      • I’m curious.
        Did you examine Nietzsche? Did you consider him an anti-semite?

        • I didn’t examine him in any realistic way, to be honest, so I can’t say. Have you read enough of him to make that judgment? A college boyfriend quoted him to the point that I finally had to decide to lose both boyfriend AND Nietzsche.

          • The popular viewpoint is that he was anti-semitic. Based on relationships with Wagner and Hitler.
            But much of his writing, after his death, was controlled by his sister who superimposed her views upon certain aspects of his work.
            With new translations and new freedom to explore and analyze his writings unhindered, his views on Jews and Judaism could be seen in a somewhat more favorable light.
            His attitudes toward Jews seem different than his attitudes toward Judaism.
            I believe Nietzsche has much to offer in the way of critical analysis of society, culture and politics, but one must keep in mind the incredible ego of the Hyperborean, and his eventual madness.
            You stare into that abyss too long you might end up hugging a horse somewhere.

            • Was there was something in the New York Times recently about Nietzsche and Hitler? Guess not. I just went to look for it. Maybe it was about Wagner and Hitler. I wonder, though, how he could separate his views on Judaism from his views on Jews. That’s like saying “Some of my best friends are Jews, but…” What is a religion but the representation of the people who belong to it? Wait. That’s probably heresy. Never mind.

              • Exactly. It gets difficult when reading his praises for the Jewish people but his condemnation of religion in general, and in particular his severe critique of Christianity and its origins.
                But I’m not a Nietzsche scholar.
                Some say Nietzsche expressed a good deal of intolerance for anti-Jewish prejudice. My readings of some newer translations don’t encounter the type of rabid anti-semitism one finds in Wagner or Hitler, but one can see the origins of that type of thinking.

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