Monday, April 24, 2006

Nazis from Minnesota Invade Lansing

This weekend the Nazis had a rally at our state capital. We live just a couple of miles from the capital, so we were witness to a few of the goings-ons. There were 75 Nazis, 600 police officers, and 800 counter-protesters from all over the state. We watched the 3 buses that held the Nazi organizers drive past our house along with the 12 highway patrol vehicles guarding them. Helicopters were abuzz the entire day and roads completely closed off. All of the downtown businesses were asked to close their doors for the day. Acts of violence on behalf of the counter-protesters lead to 16 arrests. Yep, the violence came from the counter-protesters, not the Nazis. It was quite the spectacle. I can't help but wonder whether or not the citizens of Michigan would have sent a stronger message to the Nazis by staying home. Would that tell them that they are insignificant? Or would it be ignoring a clear evil? But then is shouting expletives, creating violence, and spewing hate toward the evill-doer any less evil?

3 comments:

Karen E. said...

I'm with you, Maureen -- I think the stronger message might have been to ignore them. They received more press this way, and as you said, the whole thing became a spectacle. Maybe it would just have been an embarrassment for them if no one else had shown up ....

Anonymous said...

Moe, All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is for good men to do nothing. It comes from a poem written by a priest during the time the Nazis terrorized Europe. It was the right thing for those people to be there, but they should have followed Jesus' example, when he came across evil, He showed strength of character not fist.

Anonymous said...

Moe, Word from the Great and Wise Brother-in-Law, Perhapes a counter-protest should have been held in a separate location. This leave them vertually unheard and take away press coverage. He is so smart and cute too. Chrissy