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What if I lived in Germany

Saturday, March 22, 2008 by Dave Winer.

Michael Markman sent a pointer to another Wright sermon video, which I watched. The one that ends with God Damn America.  Permalink to this paragraph

I was born here, I love this country, it gave sanctuary to my parents and grandparents. I am a product of Jewish Europe, transplanted in, welcomed by, the United States of America. I owe my existence to this country, and never forget it. Permalink to this paragraph

So God Damn America, to me, is bad. What a thing for a man of religion to say. A man who believes in god, to whom damnation is real.  Permalink to this paragraph

On the other hand... Permalink to this paragraph

The rest of the sermon, the part leading up to that conclusion, is reasonable, and makes the ending understandable, even if I don't support it.  Permalink to this paragraph

Then I wondered, what if I had been born in Germany instead of the U.S. The country that treated my ancestors the same way Wright's ancestors were treated by the U.S.  Permalink to this paragraph

How would I have made the adjustment? Permalink to this paragraph

What if my country's flag had a swastika on it? Permalink to this paragraph

What if my country hadn't fully expressed its shame over burning my ancestors in ovens. Treating them like animals. Implementing a "final solution" on my race that somehow left me living. What if they expected me to love that country the same way the ancestors of the people who destroyed my ancestors do? Permalink to this paragraph

In the privacy of a cultural gathering of Jews living in a German city under a Nazi government in the 21st Century, might we say God Damn Germany for what it did to my people?  Permalink to this paragraph

I don't know. Probably. It's something to think about. Permalink to this paragraph

PS: How long before an idiot invokes Godwin's Law.  Permalink to this paragraph


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