"Religion is a hypothesis about the world: the hypothesis that things are the way they are, at least in part, because of supernatural entities or forces acting on the natural world. And there's no good reason to treat it any differently from any other hypothesis. Which includes pointing out its flaws and inconsistencies, asking its adherents to back it up with solid evidence, making jokes about it when it's just being silly, offering arguments and evidence for our own competing hypotheses...and trying to persuade people out of it if we think it's mistaken. It's persuasion. It's the marketplace of ideas. Why should religion get a free ride"
Tuesday, 3 January 2012
Ultra Orthodox Jew assaults "immodest" eight year old schoolgirl
If you want some proof that the more religious a person is the more warped their morality becomes, look no further than the increasing and increasingly vocal population of Haredim Jews in Israel. This ultra orthodox sect believes in the strict segregation of men and women in public places, including public transport where they insist women should sit at the back of the bus so that these pious men don’t have to sit next to, or even look at them. A large number of these Mosaic misogynists are effectively parasites on the state and their families having no paying job but Instead study scripture all day at a yeshiva, which entitles them to welfare payments and excuses them from military service. This may be one of the reasons their numbers are on the rise (cynical old me eh?). In a recent incident, one Haredi spat on an eight year old girl as she walked to school and called her a prostitute because, although she was conservatively dressed by any reasonable standard, he considered her clothing “immodest”. So how twisted does your sense of morality have to be before you assault a child and harangue her with highly sexualised words because you find her sexually arousing so therefore in some way immodest? I’ll tell you how morally twisted you have to be; you have to have religion and you have to have it really bad. No other mental deficiency short of psychotic paedophilia would lead a rational person to the conclusion that this behaviour to a child is right and proper. Steeped in a tradition that believes Abraham was doing a good thing when he agreed to sacrifice Isaac to Yahweh, no doubt a child’s sensitivities are irrelevant compared to what the Haredim think their ancient tribal god requires of women. But here’s hoping that the more secular citizens of Israel can put them straight on that.