Thought Crimes in Germany

Society’s pendulum in Germany has quickly swung past the middle and is fast approaching yet another extreme. It seems that since WWII, Germany has gone from state sanctioned murder to state sanctioned thought control. Apparently, expressing one’s opinion and happiness about an event is verboten in Germany and open for use as a political tool.

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has a complaint filed against her by a Hamburg judge for “endorsing a crime”. Apparently, her transgression came about when she stated her personal view that she was happy that Osama bin Laden was killed by US forces. That remark is being considered by many in liberalized Germany as being un-Christian, vengeful, and an actual crime.

Germany has made the unilateral decision that the US action against bin Laden was illegal. The complaining judge, Heinz Uthmann, said he wanted to make a point: “I wanted to express my outrage and shock at this undignified and poor-taste behavior.” Apparently, a judge’s personal outrage and shock in Germany has the backing of the state, but citizens must hold their tongues. Where have we seen this before?

Liberal Germany’s ambiguous law of “endorsing a crime” is, of course, meant to be a one-way street. It will not be twisted and used against those publically backing Mumia Abu Jamal, a US convicted cop-killer on death row. Protests against the death penalty in Mumia’s case bring out many who just want him set free even though he is guilty. Does that not endorse a crime?

The law will also not be used against Muslim groups demanding to be allowed to live under Sharia law in Germany. There is much in Sharia law that is illegal in Germany, therefore, it follows that endorsing Sharia law is “endorsing a crime”. Will Judge Uthmann express his personal outrage and shock at this?

Even if it does shock Uthmann’s sensibilities, and it is highly doubtful it does, fear will keep him from saying anything. Uthmann has set his sights safely on thwarting expressions of thoughts he does not like.

“Live by the sword, die by the sword” – or is that, too, endorsing a crime in Germany?

David J. Hentosh

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