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The Washington Post says, “Democracy dies in darkness.”  Paul Goldfinger photograph. July 6, 2021.

 

 

TO THE EDITOR.  June 30, 2021

 

Re:  “Why don’t you just leave this town?”

 

“Paul:

“Why don’t you just leave this town?

“Go move to Asbury Park or elsewhere  where true Christian Judea believers don’t exist and are a thing of the past.
And take your “Girls In Summer Clothes” pictures with you.
“90% of us Grovers don’t seem to mind The Camp Meeting or the beliefs/statements that it beholds.
Take it or leave it.
 “You live in “God’s One Square Mile”.  Get over it Paul.

“Go vent your beliefs on Lakewood, etc, etc.”

KEN GREER
Ocean Grove, NJ

 

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Ocean Grove United demonstrating in the Grove. Mary Walton photograph. 2012

Editorial by Paul Goldfinger, Blogfinger.net

This article is from 2018, but we post it again now in case there are Grovers in 2019 who want to engage in unnecessary provocation based on identity politics.   There’s a lot of this going around nationally, but no sign of  “hate” in Ocean Grove  (except for an occasional sign that says, “Hate has no home here.”)  But it is worthwhile to keep an eye on this topic.

Interestingly, it is impossible to find an accepted definition for the terms “hate speech” or “hate crime” because the definition is in the eyes of the beholder.  Miriam-Webster says that hate speech is defined as “speech expressing hatred of a particular group of people.”  Even the Anti-Defamation League web site does not attempt to define these terms. They basically oppose discrimination of all types.

So this broad definition allows for the term to be used for all sorts of groups, so no particular group owns the complaint of “hate speech.”   I don’t know how the Neptune Police define “hate crime,” but they did use the term last year  (see below.)  Their web site doesn’t clarify the term.

November, 2018:    This past Mischief Night, some individuals “vandalized cars with swastikas and racial slurs in Ocean Grove.” (APP 11/7/18)  The Neptune Police Department said that they were not viewing the incident as a bias crime or anything “politically motivated.”

Deputy Mayor Carol Rizzo   (a Grover) said  (APP), “The community should view this as simply ‘something that happened during Mischief Night. I don’t think we should give it anymore credence than that. ‘”

The descriptions of the event in the news did not include any anti-Semitic language, and swastikas are not necessarily anti-Semitic symbols.  Some kids, like punk rockers, may draw a swastika without thinking of Jews.    The “N word” was also found, according to the APP.

A representative, Joshua Cohen, of the NJ Regional Office of ADL said, “The swastika has become a ubiquitous symbol in graffiti, but it does not always carry “anti-Semitic intent.”

He also said, “A random swastika appearing in a neutral location is an entirely different proposition than compared to one on a synagogue.”

“Incidents involving the image found with no accompanying anti-Semitic imagery or writing on, say, a dumpster at a 7-Eleven or an overpass on the Garden State Parkway, fall into a category that the ADL has stopped including in its annual audit of anti-Jewish hate crimes. There is no indication that such cases specifically target Jews.”

Cohen concluded by saying, “Regardless of the specific intent, it would be a mistake to minimize the swastika. It shocks the conscience, and we all know what it is. It’s a hate symbol.”

The NTPD was going to investigate the possibility of a “hate crime,” but they have so far come up with nothing.

OGU is joining forces with the OGHOA to fan the flames of controversy when other such incidents did not occur before or since that night.

But, the OGU/HOA combined complainers consortium (CCC) have invited the Anti-Defamation League  (ADL), an international organization that fights anti-Semitism world-wide,  to come here in January to “speak on this issue.”

Is this what the members of the Home Groaners want their organization to get involved with?  And why is the HOA having any sort of joint activity with the highly partisan group ironically called Ocean Grove United.

It is almost laughable for the OGU and its ally the Home Groaners to jump on this bandwagon. Jews have been subject to all sorts of murder and mayhem since the times of the Romans, so the Jewish people have largely developed a thick skin over minor incidents such as what the OGU and HOA are jumping up and down over in Ocean Grove.

The ADL says, “Anti-Semitism is the belief or behavior hostile toward Jews just because they are Jewish.”

Is that what’s going on in the Grove?  Doesn’t the ADL have some terrorism, synagogue shootings, or murders of civilians to spend their time with?

The truth is that anti-Semitism does not “have a home” in the Grove, and many Jewish people live here without such concerns.

Most popular sentiment in the Grove is to assume the Halloween vandalism to be the work of ignorant out-of-towners, probably kids looking for trouble.  Most think that the incident should have been dropped as an indicator of bias in this town, and as a news story, it lasted about 24 hours, with no noise coming out of the Grove.

OGU, a group that seems to be in a deep sleep most of the time, reappears, like Brigadoon,  whenever they find an excuse to complain about bias in the Grove.  They say that the ADL meeting in January is “in response to the concerns of Ocean Grove residents.”

Perhaps they should tell us how many OG residents would like to see the big guns  (ADL) brought into the Grove to satisfy those “concerns?”

In our recent piece about the “hate has no home here” signs, we had a flurry of opinions in the Comments, but hardly any concern about the Mischief Night event.

In America we live in a free society, one which is not perfect and where hate is sometimes expressed and where such hate needs to be opposed, but Ocean Grove is not such a place.

Addendum:  This Blogfinger article below says a lot about Ocean Grove United:

OGU slams the Camp Meeting Association 2016

NICOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV:  “The Flight of the Bumblebee”

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