Using Saturday’s “Stop Hitler” parade as a springboard, Father Charles E. Coughlin today warned against “war-mongering leadership in New York and elsewhere” and demanded that the task of stopping the German Chancellor be left to the “international bankers” and others who “started Hitler.”
In his weekly radio talk, Father Coughlin again justified Nazism as the logical reaction to Communism, sought to identify Communism with Jews by use of Jewish names, charged “those who have boycotted Germany for the past six years” with using sympathy for former Czecho-Slovakia to crush Germany and called upon “Christian Americans” to see that such people “summarily be put in their places.”
He reiterated that those who were boycotting Germany for persecution of its minorities had failed to act against the “slaughter of Christians in Russia by those under Lenin and Trotsky.” Referring to the Communist regime in Hungary after the war, he reminded his listening audience that its leader was “Bela Kun — known to historians as Cohen.” He deplored the imposition by the United States of 25 per cent penalty duties against Germany.
Advising Americans that they had been taught to “heil the international bankers,” Father Coughlin warned them against permitting “international bankers and war-mongers who are more concerned with the minorities of Europe” than with America’s internal economic difficulties to lead them into a foreign war under the pretext of saving democracy.
“Justice,” he concluded, “matters more than democracy.”
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