It Can Happen Again

Sometime during the late night hours between the 9th and 10th of November, 1938, shards of broken glass littered the streets after the windows of Jewish-owned stores, buildings, and synagogues were destroyed by Nazis in a pogrom against Jews throughout. It was a night that was to become known as Kristallnacht, or Night of Broken Glass, and it was carried out by SA paramilitary forces and civilians as German authorities looked on without intervening.

Jewish homes, hospitals, and schools were ransacked, as the attackers demolished buildings with sledgehammers. The rioters destroyed 267 synagogues throughout Germany, Austria, and the Sudetenland. By some reports over 7,000 Jewish businesses were either destroyed or damaged.

Historians for decades have written on the subject, asking over and over again how such a thing could have come to pass in so developed a nation. Though we may never have all the answers, one thing is certain; it was an event borne from religious intolerance which began with the same hateful, hate-fueled invective Tony Ortega and his goons use daily to libel and slander those of a religion they despise.

We are only kidding ourselves if we believe that the war-like rhetoric of men like Ortega cannot lead to violence overnight. We have seen the streets strewn with broken glass before and must be diligent to defend against this intolerance as it rears its ugly head once more in our age. History is our witness and it can happen again.

We are not comparing religions here just acts of intolerance and hate that brought about destruction.

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