Tuesday, February 01, 2005


Secular Morality Gone Amok in Germany

Hat tip: Ron

If you think that being unemployed and living in Manhattan is hard, just be grateful you're not living in Germany.

If you're on unemployment there, and you're offered a job at a brothel (prostitution was legalized in Germany about two years ago), you have to take it, or risk losing your unemployment benefits.

That's what happend to a twenty five year old IT professional:

She received a letter from the job centre telling her that an employer was interested in her "profile'' and that she should ring them. Only on doing so did the woman, who has not been identified for legal reasons, realise that she was calling a brothel.

Under Germany's welfare reforms, any woman under 55 who has been out of work for more than a year can be forced to take an available job – including in the sex industry – or lose her unemployment benefit. Last month German unemployment rose for the 11th consecutive month to 4.5 million, taking the number out of work to its highest since reunification in 1990.

Now I'm wondering if this law will apply to men as well. What happens if a straight man is unemployed. Would he be forced to take a job in a gay brothel?

But most importantly, I wonder if the kooky liberal Jews who were thinking of moving to Germany on account of President Bush's re-election will still want to move there now.

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