In The Logic of Evil: The Social Origins of the Nazi Party, 1925-1933, William Brustein writes:
The principal raison díetre of the Center Party was the defense of the Catholic religion in Germany. To this end the Center Party participated in government to ensure religious freedom, basic religious instruction in all schools, financial aid for parochial schools, and the preservation and strengthening of Christian culture and ideals in community life. According to the Center Partyís program, Christianity should be the basis for state, society, and culture, and German economic and social policy should moreover embody a Christian social spirit. ...
Center Party leaders also found themselves embroiled in debates over and pornography. The party marshaled its resources to halt all government efforts to facilitate divorce. The partyís leadership equated laws facilitating divorce with the advent of bolshevism in Germany and the end of German Christianity and civilized culture. The Center Party threatened to quit the governing coalition if the government enacted a divorce reform law. In November 1926 the Center Party submitted a bill to the Reichstag for the protection of youth from pornographic literature (Schund- und Schmutzgesetz). The bill won Reichstag approval despite opposition from the Social Democratic and German Democratic deputies.
It appears that many of the basic policies and beliefs of the Catholic Center Party of pre-Nazi Germany would find fertile ground and a welcome reception in modern America. Of course, itís worth noting that these policies and beliefs not only did nothing to prevent the Nazi takeover of Germany, but in fact helped facilitate it because they helped push agendas and ideas which the Nazis themselves were able to use with such effectiveness.
The Nazis didnít run as anti-Christian, but as more Christian than everyone else. They, too, adopted positions attacking homosexuality, divorce, and abortion. They, too, insisted that Germanyís Christian culture needed to be fostered and protected. Christians like those in the Catholic Center Party helped pave the way for Nazism. Is there any danger that conservative Christians in modern America might end up doing something similar?