“Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion,
As in the day of trial in the wilderness,
When your fathers tested Me;
They tried Me, though they saw My work.
For forty years I was grieved with that generation,
And said, ‘It is a people who go astray in their hearts,
And they do not know My ways.’
So I swore in My wrath,
‘They shall not enter My rest.’”
Considering the history, anti-Semitic vandalism is ALWAYS something to take seriously.
Unfortunately, there was a wave of it in San Antonio Wednesday morning:
Racist and anti-Semitic symbols including swastikas were painted on more than 30 cars, homes, buildings and signs in a predominately Jewish neighborhood in San Antonio, prompting a police investigation, authorities said on Wednesday.Governor Abbott condemned the attack:
The graffiti was noticed by worshippers as they left morning prayers at an orthodox synagogue on Wednesday, police said.
One sport utility vehicle had its windows smashed with a rock and the word “JEW” spray-painted on the driver’s side door. A swastika was spray-painted on a monument dedicating a garden to victims of the Holocaust.
Racist vandalism--including Swastikas--of Jewish Community in San Antonio will not be tolerated. #txlege @TexasGOP http://t.co/RnopQ4cuJb— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) August 12, 2015
As did Lt. Governor Patrick:
My statement on the criminal and cowardly acts of vandalism in San Antonio yesterday: https://t.co/UcFildm9fB— Dan Patrick (@DanPatrick) August 13, 2015
Two days later, Joe Straus hasn't said a word on his campaign website. Or his Facebook. Or his Twitter.
Here's why this is interesting: For those who aren't aware, Straus is Jewish. He's also from San Antonio. Within certain Austin circles, Joe Straus' religious beliefs (combined with the fact he's from San Antonio) are an all purpose excuse for his unpopularity with the grassroots.
Even the Daily Show tried to do a lame hatchet job on the topic.
Unfortunately, when the state's worst anti-Semitic attack in (at least) a decade happens in his own backyard: CRICKET. CHIRPING. SILENCE.
John Hagee has said more.
Bottom Line: For an elected official who uses his religious beliefs as an excuse to deflect criticism, failure to condemn a violent attack against those same beliefs in his own backyard speaks volumes.