As a voracious reader and consumer of information it’s hard to shock me when it comes to current events. The titanium shell that has metastasized around me over the decades has insulated me from most of the emotional effects of shifting political and social tides. Oh, I raise an eyebrow and grit my teeth from time-to-time. I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t. But I read something this morning that stunned me. That, in and of itself, is noteworthy.
The first line read,“A German regional court in the city of Wuppertal affirmed a lower court decision last Friday stating that a violent attempt to burn the city’s synagogue by three men in 2014 was a justified expression of criticism of Israel’s policies.” Two-plus years ago, three “German-Palestinians” tossed self-made Molotov cocktails at the Wuppertal synagogue. It came soon after Israel launched Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014 in response to Hamas rocket attacks. Fortunately, no one in the synagogue was hurt.
The court ruled that the trio wanted to draw “attention to the Gaza conflict” with Israel. They deemed the attack NOT to be motivated by antisemitism. After I picked my jaw up off the floor I pondered the limitless ways in which such a legal interpretation could be used by bad actors. What a stunning and sorrowful precedent. The implications of giving a valid legal defense to potentially-deadly attacks boggle the mind. Does this give people the right to torch mosques whenever there is an Islamic terrorist attack eight-hundred miles away? If not, why?
Europe is falling victim to its own liberal munificence. Look…I have absolutely no issues with refugees from war-torn areas seeking a better life elsewhere. No feeling human could. I would have a hard time turning away someone from my home if they needed shelter—but I could not bring them into my house without a full vetting. I have kids. I have a wife. In my zeal to help others, I cannot abdicate my larger responsibility to keep my family safe. And I sure as hell could not bring 50 refugees into my house at one time and not expect major problems. I think it is also a valid question to ask why theses persons’ neighbors (other Middle Eastern nations) are not opening their doors en masse?
Germany has been one of the most conspicuous EU nations in welcoming refugees from Muslim nations over the past decade…and there is every indication that this is not going well. How do we know this? Witness the lengths through which German officials have been trying to suppress evidence of such problems. Last year more than a hundred women were sexually assaulted during New Year’s Day festivities in Cologne. The rapists were described as coming from a known criminal gang of around 1,000 young men of “north African or Middle Eastern decent.” The translation there is “Muslim.” It went unreported for four days because police withheld the information. They later apologized. Timely information about a gang of rapists on the prowl was sacrificed at the altar of political correctness. People were denied a chance of learning what was going on in a timely manner for fear of not insulting certain people’s sensibilities. Given the vague timeline we will never know if any of these rapes could have been prevented with quick information turnaround. But authorities in Germany apparently felt so cowed by the PC bullies that they demurred releasing ANY information until it reached critical mass.
Germany…land of my forefathers…is ostensibly part of the “Free World.” But episodes like these indicate they are not free at all. They are slaves to the Church of Political Correctness. The very thought of someone being able to lob an incendiary device into a house of worship, and have it legally qualify as legitimate political speech is beyond the pale.
And in a bitter piece of irony, this same synagogue was burned by Germans (Nazis) during Kristallnacht in 1938. I wonder if that was a legally-protected protest as well? Oh, it was? How did that work out for everyone?