Via his popular radio show and weekly newspaper Social Justice, Charles Coughlin, the Canadian-born clergyman and orator exposed the Communist agenda of the Fed from 1930 until 1942.
By 1934, Coughlin was the most prominent Roman Catholic speaker with a radio audience that reached 30 million people every week. He was receiving more than 10,000 letters every day and that his clerical staff numbered more than a hundred. He foreshadowed modern talk radio and televangelism.
Even in a Great Depression, with this kind of influence, it was impossible to throw off the banker yoke.
While utilizing his classic Irish brogue and his uniquely powerful and near-hypnotic delivery, Charles Coughlin’s … “unforgivable sin” was his measured but factual revelation of heavy Jewish control of the banking establishment, as well as deep Jewish involvement in the Bolshevik Revolution that murderously overthrew Christian Russia.
For this, the notorious “anti-Semite” label that Father Coughlin endured when he was alive has, in effect, been “nailed” to his memory, to posthumously “crucify” him. (To hear Coughlin ably defend himself against shallow screams of “anti-Semitism in his day, listen here.)
Yet, amid the cruel calumny hurled at Coughlin back in his day and today, no one has ever bothered to ask: Was he really an anti-Semite? Or did he simply state uncomfortable facts while bringing the message of Christ to all peoples, including the Jews, for the priestly purpose of saving souls?
For the record, Coughlin’s view was that Germany’s National Socialism and Communism were basically variants of a centralized dictatorship, the former being nationalist and the latter internationalist in scope.
So while Coughlin occasionally spoke favourably–largely if not totally before World War II–about some of Hitler’s nationalistic public works projects and financial schemes on a practical level, he repeatedly rejected both the National Socialist and Communist ideologies and instead sought a “Christian Americanism” that was nationalistic but was maliciously misrepresented as a species of Hitleresque fascism. Coughlin also saw Hitler’s Germany and Mussolini’s Italy as hedges against Soviet communism.
In Coughlin’s 1938 broadcast, “The Rightists Go into Action,” he clarified: “Is the federal government more capable and better equipped for managing the affairs [of] the various states than are the states themselves? Communists and Nazis, both of whom adhere to the principle of a strong central government, answer in the affirmative. The disciples of Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln answer in the negative. Nationals–that is, those who believe in nationalism rather than internationalism–also answer in the negative.”
In his early 1939 article, “An American Christian Program,” Coughlin commented on the recent “Nazi Bund Rally” at Madison Square Garden as follows: “Meanwhile the vast majority of Americans are still Americans; they are sympathetic neither with the Nazi Bund nor with the Communist convention . . . . Thus, if Americanism and Christianity are opposed to both Nazism and to Communism, the time has come for true Americans and true Christians to organize against both.”
So, clearly, the miscreant media, in its never-ending war against Coughlin’s legacy, has never bothered to read Coughlin’s erudite articles or listen closely to his eloquent speeches that sold out many a concert hall and sports stadium during the Great Depression. The same can be said about those who pass as Western “historians.” …
To get to the core of the money problem, Coughlin wrote, among other works, the book, “Money: Questions & Answers,” a practical guide released under the auspices of the National Union for Social Justice (NUSJ), a political lobby that Coughlin founded in the Detroit area in 1934 to challenge President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s reelection, among other goals.
The speeches, sermons, articles and books by Coughlin … show that, far from being the brutish demagogue, he was actually a highly capable analyst who carefully sorted out the root causes behind the world’s problems. Not only was his criticism of monopoly capitalism (as opposed to genuine free enterprise) not an endorsement of communism; he also felt that ideologies like Communism and Nazism would never have found fertile soil in the first place if Christian America and the West in general would drive out “the modern moneychangers” in a Christ-like manner.
Coughlin also accurately identified Bolshevik revolutionaries as another Jewish cabal bent on destroying Christian civilization. But he did so because he was a defender of the Christian faith, not because he “hated Jews.”
He prayed and worked for the salvation of all, including the Jews, who he hoped would find Christ. Notably, Coughlin’s parting of ways with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt over the “New Deal”–after his initial enthusiasm about the federal Depression-era recovery plan–turned the power of the federal government against a man of the cloth whose works had gone viral, reaching well beyond 20 million radio listeners at their peak before Coughlin was driven off the air and into obscurity.
Coughlin’s fate was sealed when the Vatican pressured him to retire from his radio-based activism. FDR’s administration even went so far as to revoke Coughlin’s U.S. Postal Permit that had enabled him to distribute Social Justice efficiently. That killed the newspaper.
And the NUSJ, by the way, was forced out of existence after just two years. Father Charles Coughlin lived out his days in Royal Oak at the church he founded and funded with donations drummed up via his radio show, steadfastly obeying the orders of Catholic authorities to return to daily priest work and put his activism aside.
He passed away of heart failure on Oct. 27, 1979, two days after his 88th birthday.