How are things going on the “Let Freedom Ring” front? Are our closest allies around the world assisting with the fight for human dignity and respect for individuals? Let’s have a peek….
….where the rule of law sometimes takes a back seat to the rule of God, zealots are on a campaign to stamp out behavior they consider unchaste. They hurl stones at women for such “sins” as wearing a red blouse, and attack stores selling devices that can access the Internet.
In recent weeks, self-styled “modesty patrols” have been accused of breaking into the apartment of a…woman and beating her for allegedly consorting with men. They have torched a store that sells MP4 players, fearing [the] devout would use them to download pornography.
The violence has already deepened the antagonism between the 600,000 haredim, or God-fearing, and the secular majority, which resents having religious rules dictated to them. Miami Hurled
Iraq? Iran? Taliban-controlled Afghanistan or Pakistan? Naah. Try Israel.
Israel police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the modesty police are not an organized phenomenon, just rogue enforcers carrying out isolated attacks. [But] religious vigilantes operate in a society that has granted their community influence well beyond its numbers – partly out of a commitment to revive the great centers of Jewish scholarship destroyed in the Holocaust, but also because the Orthodox are perennial king-makers in Israeli coalition politics.
Evidently it’s okay if the United States supports this kind of conduct in Israel, while simultaneously condemning similar activities in Muslim majority states. It’s okay if a religious minority enforces its zany, restrictive dicta and dogma on a resistant majority if the overall tilt of that nation favors (and relies upon) American policy.
“It’s just one of the many reasons that Americans have lost respect and any claim to moral uthority around the world,” mourned one commentator, requesting anonymity. “It’s so obviously a matter of convenience and means to an end taking precedence over principle. So whenever any national leader climbs up on his hind legs and starts braying about human righrs and religious respect, it just makes America look that much more hypocritical.”
Hello? Don’t they know that “a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds?” Fuck ’em if they can’t take a joke, right? Right?