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  • A New Synagogue in Litchfield?

    Posted by David Foster on September 9th, 2010 (All posts by )

    The Historic District Commission of Litchfield, CT has–on grounds that many consider as pretty questionable–rejected the application of the Chabad Lubovitch group to renovate a historic house and turn it into a synagogue. The remodeled building was also to have included an apartment for the rabbi, and a swimming pool for the Chabad-sponsored summer camp. Story here.

    I don’t know if the denial of this application is or is not consistent with the rules under with the Historic District Commission is supposed to be operating, but I do think that some of the comments reported to have been made during the discussions were pretty inappropriate and pretty disturbing.

    Now, maybe I missed it, but I haven’t seen the speech in which President Obama defends the Litchfield synagogue in the same way that he defended the Ground Zero mosque. Nor have I seen Nancy Pelosi demanding an investigation of synagogue opponents in the same way that she demanded an investigation of GZ mosque opponents. And will the “human rights activists” and liberal clergymen who have been so fervent in their defense of the mosque project also step up to defend the Litchfield synagogue project? I think we all know the answer.


    There are two principal reasons for the phenomenon that is on view here:

    1)Neither Jews in general nor Chabadniks in particular are known for killing people and blowing things up. Hence, they can be offended or even disrespected with relative impunity.

    2)More subtly: to many “progressives,” Chabadniks may perhaps be “other” enough to arouse a sense of dislike and unease–but are clearly not “other” enough to fall under the protective umbrella of multicultural exoticism.

    Roger Scruton’s concept of Oikophobia, explicated at the link by James Taranto, helps in understanding many aspects of “progressive” belief and behavior.

     

    6 Responses to “A New Synagogue in Litchfield?”

    1. David Foster Says:

      Related: Imam Rauf is now predicting the likelihood of Muslim violence throughout the world if he doesn’t get his way on the mosque.

    2. Dan from Madison Says:

      David – “Imam Rauf is now predicting the likelihood of Muslim violence throughout the world if he doesn’t get his way on the mosque.” This always reminds me of that classic Monty Python sketch when the guy who is going to get stoned is informed that he is only making it worse for himself.

    3. sol vason Says:

      Obama has told Israel in cannot build new synagogs ib Jerusalem, Judea or Samaria
      because that will upset the Moslems.

    4. Michael Haltman Says:

      Your point is spot on. Jews will not kill if denied a permit for construction.

    5. Tatyana Says:

      From your 2 points, David, one possible conclusion: make yourself to be feared. At least – be armed.

    6. David Foster Says:

      Tatyana…certainly, the success achieved through violent intimidation by radical Islamists will inspire other groups to use similar tactics.

      There has also been a considerable amount of thuggery by “animal rights” activists, directed at medical researchers and at executives of companies conducting such research.