Think of a good reason not to approve a permit to build a synagogue. Parking issues, noise, poor road access…all legitimate things every community would address. It is true that you can’t just plop a big house of worship anywhere. There are legitimate reasons to deny a permit.
How about “the Islamists might try to blow you up?”
Australian Jews Outraged as Local Council Bans Construction of Sydney Synagogue, Citing Fear of Potential Terror Attack
This one in Sydney is already built. We may never see the inside of the other one. Or, another one.
“The decision is unprecedented,” Rabbi Yehoram Ulman told Australian media after the Land and Environment Court backed the decision by Waverley Council to ban the construction of a new synagogue in the well-heeled Sydney suburb of Bondi — expressing the fear that it would become a target for Islamist terrorists.
“Its implications are enormous,” Rabbi Ulman said. “It basically implies that no Jewish organization should be allowed to exist in residential areas. It stands to stifle Jewish existence and activity in Sydney and indeed, by creating a precedent, the whole of Australia, and by extension rewarding terrorism.”
Some people are far too quick to allow terrorists, thugs and other folks become their masters. In a real conflict, I’d rather have Rabbi Ulman and his friends on my side, as opposed to the folk with the Land and Environment Court.
Readers of this blog notice that sometimes I hint that the world is headed toward conflict. It is not between left and right, socialist and capitalist…but between society and anarchy.
Anyone willing to be pushed around by the anarchists is of no good to society.
In this case, the anarchists didn’t even have to threaten. Sad, really.
By the way, the Algemeiner is an excellent read for those interested in Jewish news. Link.