I just discovered that a local authority on Buddhism (mainly due to his status as a fluently English-speaking ex-Theravadan monastic, which gives his opinions more cachet), who hosts meditation/About Buddhism classes (some of which are openly sectarian) and a large Meetup group is now making Hitler apologetics videos.
To give him credit, he does say on his "coming out" post on the Meetup group that he is not representing anyone but himself, but he is lumping his new "interest" under the banner of Engaged Buddhism.
I can't be the only one who has issues with this whole thing.
I don't think that people would necessarily be so naive to think that Buddhist practice involves making up excuses for Adolf Hitler, but I do take exception to the notion that this man seems to be trying to work Buddhism around his conspiracy theory beliefs which seem to hold stronger sway, not to mention that he takes advantage of his "expertise" as a monk for a few months in Thailand to give himself more clout when giving talks.
It just disheartens me that someone with some degree of prominence in the local Buddhist/meditation community seems to want to meld his interests in a potentially harmful way. Harmful to the Dhamma, harmful to his students.
Some might say that one's personal affairs have nothing to do with their spiritual teaching if never the twain shall meet. But personally, I think that humans can't really hold up that sort of cognitive dissonance for very long without something giving eventually.
I see this as similar to the monks in SE Asia and Japan who advocate(d) war and nationalism. Somehow humans manage to find a way to try and justify it. The message of the Buddhadhamma is damaged, etc.