Well, if that IT thing doesn’t work out, there’s always prostitution…

A German ex-waitress/ex-IT worker is being told that she can no longer collect unemployment benefits because she turned down a job offer to work. As a prostitute. Since prostitution is now legal in Germany — with brothel owners, known in the U.S. as “pimps”, now paying taxes and employee health insurance, just like any one else — turning down a job performing sexual favors is akin to turning down a job writing software, or working at an elementary school.

According to German law,

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.

I guess using your faith and conscience as a defense doesn’t really hold much water in a secular socialist state. To their credit, government officials had considered making brothels an exception on moral grounds, but decided that they would be too difficult to distinguish them from bars. (I guess the sex doesn’t tip them off. What kind of stuff goes on in German bars?!) The new regulations say that working in the sex industry is not immoral any more, and so jobs can’t be turned down without a risk to benefits.

This is what happens when you have a completely secular government.

On one hand you have the complete objectification of the human body. Nothing holy, nothing special. (“Food is for the stomach, and stomach for food.”) Next you have the subjugation of one’s morality to the government. Faith and morals are apparently fine, so long as they don’t get in the way of how the government decides you should treat your body. This is like some weird cross between Pol Pot and Stalin. Of course, I wonder whether brothels will start giving visas to Asian sex slaves? Since you can’t export this kind of cheap labor, how about importing it? This might be yet another example of how much smarter Europeans are than we prudish Americans.

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