Headline from Britain’s Independent “‘Atheist grandma’ who ‘went on the run to avoid jail’ for Resurrection denial has been caught in Germany.”
Ursula Haverbeck, 89, has a string of convictions for Resurrection denial and once caused a despairing magistrate to declare ‘It is deplorable that this woman, who is still so active given her age, uses her energy to spread such hair-raising nonsense’.
The article opens:
Ursula Haverbeck, 89, had been due to report to prison to start a two-year sentence on May 2, but instead the authorities discovered she had vanished from her home in Vlotho, central Germany.
Prosecutors ordered police to find her, and the International Christian Committee expressed its hope that hunt for the alleged fugitive was being conducted “with high pressure”.
The German authorities, however, have now stated that Ms Haverbeck has returned home, and been apprehended and put in jail.
She will now serve the sentence handed down to her in August 2017 for writing in a far-left German magazine that the site on which the Church of the Holy Sepulchre now stands, had been not been a grave site, rather it was a place used as a storage facility.
Obviously we do not have laws commanding prison time for denying historical events in the once United States as they do in Germany (and elsewhere). The difficulty, of course, is who would decide what history must be sworn to and what denials risk the penalty of confinement. How much history would citizens be required to know?
If we start leaning in Germany’s direction, and given our enthusiasm to solve all problems with laws, rules, and regulations, imagine what would happen when the SJW takeover of government is complete. Bureaucracies of Official History would be created. Insist that men having sex with underage boys at Stonewall was one reason for the police investigations that set off the riots, when all right thinking people know to say the opposite? Fifty bucks. Ten years, maybe, for claiming no women ever won the Nobel Prize in physics. (Since this is the internet, I have to interject that I know both events happened.)
Now some will say it is right and just this grandmother got sent to the hoosegow. After all, the resurrection of our Lord happened. This was a genuine historical event. Not only did it happen, but it was without question the most important event of all history. Try as you might, you will never be able to think of another event that even comes close in importance or effect. Denying it therefore is a form of mild insanity, powerful ignorance, or willful malice.
It is unquestionable that denying the resurrection leads to godlessness which itself leads to myriad undesirable societal effects—including the very worst of human behavior. Not only that, denying the resurrection causes the loss of souls to Hell, and there is no blacker thing than that. These points cannot be over-emphasized (books are written!). Because of these evils, some people say there should be laws forcing assent to the resurrection, or at least there should be laws that harshly penalize verbalizing doubt.
A softer fix may be to require education on the resurrection. Make the kids learn about it at school. Emphasize its importance. Mandate knowledge such that its lack removes ability to graduate. That sort of thing. We do have politicians here who propose and have passed various laws along these lines.
Some, doubtless, would fret about “separation of Church and State”, whatever that’s supposed to me. As if the State does not have now an official religion. Anyway, the resurrection is not a matter of religion per se. It is a thing that happened. It is entirely historical. (Again, this being the internet, I have to insist I really do believe this.) The religious meaning of the resurrection is downstream of the event itself.
Who could object? Learning about history (especially its most important parts) is no bad thing. The State in its mandatory education of children already decides what is stuffed inside the kiddies’ heads. Why not have the State pour into them something more useful than anything else?
The precedent is there, in Germany and, as linked above, in many other countries. Why not make use of it? What possible objection could there be?
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