Good news

By Amanda Marcotte
Thursday, December 4, 2008 18:46 EDT
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Modesty squads in Israel are beginning to be prosecuted. I’ll confess that the whole situation made me wonder. Israel is basically a Western nation, a liberal democracy like ours or one in Western Europe. So how on earth do vigilante religious groups think they have a right to persecute women? I guess we have the same problem here, with vigilante religious groups who gather around abortion clinics to persecute women, but the law restricts their actions significantly, making them keep their distance and forcing them to avoid physical assault. I fail to see how modesty squads don’t result in immediate arrests of their members for abusing the rights of full citizens who they have theological differences with.

I’m glad to see that I was right, and that the government is going to take an interest in shutting this shit down.

Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist born and bred in Texas, but now living in the writer reserve of Brooklyn. She focuses on feminism, national politics, and pop culture, with the order shifting depending on her mood and the state of the nation.
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