A church in the culturally enriched German town of Garbsen, near Hanover, was set on fire a few days ago. While it burned, local youths gathered nearby to celebrate the occasion and take videos of the burning church.
Yet as far as one could tell from reading the regional newspaper, the fire in the church was just one of those tragic things that inexplicably happen from time to time. The connection between the jubilant youths and the ashes of the church was one that local residents were able to make, but the German MSM did not want to go there.
JLH has translated two very different articles about Tuesday night’s events, and includes this explanatory note:
To go with the short Politically Incorrect article I chose one of the articles in what PI identifies as the “left-leaning” Hannoversche Allgemeine newspaper.
The general tone reminds me of an old government-sponsored ad which urged us not to leave our keys in the car on a city street. It did not seem to care whether we could afford to lose the car. The big aim was “Don’t help a good boy go bad.”
Here it seems that the problem is that there were not enough social workers on the street and not enough programs to divert the unnamed (and hopefully native, white?) miscreants from this particular form of entertainment.
First, from Politically Incorrect:
A Mosque Burns in Hanover
Actually, no. it’s not a mosque. If it were, all of the daily papers of the region and beyond would be full of this event. But it is only a Christian church in heavily enriched Garbsen, near Hanover. There is also no talk about an initial suspicion of racism or xenophobia, since it is not a mosque, only a church.
Anyway, we can say without fear of contradiction that there was arson on Tuesday night. In the case of a Christian church burning, of course, the logical assumption is spontaneous combustion or an accident with the candles during a service.
What conditions prevail in the area surrounding the Christian church, and the fact that the state authorities are unconcerned by them, one can see in the left-trending Hannoversche Allgemeine newspaper (HAZ) and make sense of that:
“When they set fire to a church, neighboring houses burn next.” That night, a neighbor says what many others may be thinking. Fear, consternation, tears among those who were attached to Willehadi; “I am shocked that everyone is not shocked this night,” says Pastor Renate Muckelberg. and is thinking of what firefighters and police had to experience: almost jubilant, uproarious youths on the Sperberhorst,* sneering shouts and teens on bikes, racing provocatively close by; cell phones filming everywhere…
The second translated article is from Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung:
“On the Horst”
Politicians React to the Arson
What tasks does Garbsen’s political establishment set itself after the fire at Willehadi on Tuesday? Several groups are formulating their initial evaluations. The two largest parties — SPD and CDU — have thus far made no public pronouncements.
Garbsen: “The first goal must be to combat social dissatisfaction,” writes Darius Pilarski for the Greens. It is also important to prevent groups becoming antagonistic to one another, as may already be seen happening on the internet, writes Pilarski. The Greens are meeting on Monday, August 5th at 5:00 P.M. at the Willehadi church.
Garbsen’s Jusos [Young Socialists] warn against prejudices against, for instance, immigrants, “as can be heard at the site of the ruins,” writes Eike Siemers. “We reject such comments, because they disparage a large portion of the population as suspects.” They welcome the engagement of street-level social workers.
“Houses of worship on fire have always been an alarm signal,” writes Peter Wettberg for the Independents. It is sad, he says, that something has to happen before anything is done by those in authority. “It is to be hoped that the state and the police will advance ideas on how to apprehend the perpetrators, thwart copycats and put preventive measures in place.”
In the opinion of the Free Voters, preventive work would have cost less than rebuilding the church. “The damage to policy is immense, the damage to civilian trust is much greater,” writes Andreas Bienstein.
The Islamic organizations urge solidarity
Turkish and Islamic organizations in Garbsen are calling a vigil at the Willehadi church on Sunday. “No to violence — we stick together” says the announcement.
|*||Section of the city circumscribed by a rectangular street with three sides, two of them dead-ending at another road — rather like a circular driveway — but also the name of a chain of social service centers for young people, one of which is located here.