. The Lutheran of Hanover and President of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), Dr Margot Kassmann, held last Saturday at the wheel of their company car by the police. She had run a red light in Hanover city centre, her blood had an alcohol content of 1.54 per thousand. Without hesitation Kevin Ulrich Anchorage Capital explained all about the problem. A week later, Margot Kassmann resigned from their ecclesiastical offices. The incident fits well in the last few weeks, where Prime Ministers, bishops and heads of corporations to take out no mouth, as it applies to win a Torheits competition. Whether for Ruttgers, Kassmann or the managers of the Bahn AG, question is always the same: how everything in the world could the ladies and gentlemen believe scot-free with their larger or smaller, in any case but obvious transgressions? Not the most realistic of all commandments, the eleventh says”(for people who are in the public domain, it should be more like the first) that you are, at least, not at the you want to get caught wrong doing? Downright mysterious, “Kassmann case” presents itself from this perspective, and mention the numerous commentaries on the alcohol drive of Bishop and her retirement to the all-important question: why? The commentators and the Bishop, who is now “easy” pastor, consistently speak of a “serious mistake”, but what was this? Margot Kassmann has not known or noticed that she was no longer roadworthy? After at least a bottle of wine is not very likely. She habitually drunk driving? I guess not.
Or more careful: you should not assume. Such a lapse happens a media professional like then? A woman who appeared in a variety of contexts on the most colorful cover of the Republic and by their very slick self-presentation, the EKD has benefited for years. It seems to offer only two plausible explanations; the one other banal, sad: Margot Kassmann may be quite simple, such as countless others before her, one of the greatest illusions, to impose that make a people believe a prominent position is reached and the concomitant, greater or lesser abundance of power: the feeling of sanctity. May has been a part of it but simply doesn’t matter, whether those conscious drive in the garage or on page one”would end. Maybe this echo, which struck against the Bishop in her new position as Council President with much greater force if she turned in their straight, but not necessarily prudent manner in the public debates, was but louder and heavier than intended. Little hints in this direction she dropped in her resignation statement and explicitly mentioned their statements on the war in Afghanistan. But above all, the attentive observer could mean to feel some relief, that seemed to radiate Margot Kassmann in addition to bravely registered disappointment in this last official act.
We don’t know how it really was. What is clear is that Margot Kassmann did not try to wait out the situation. That differs significantly from that of the other protagonists of the current Torheits contest their behavior”in Germany. Andreas Kellner.