After banning long skirts, shorts banned for girls


Israeli girls protest in shorts at a school. Photo  Facebook / mafsikot

After banning women for not wearing high heels … after banning women from wearing miniskirts, and banning women from wearing maxiskirts, and banning women from wearing any type of skirts, and banning women from wearing trousers … now banning women from wearing shorts.

Long or short, repressive authorities will always find stupid ways to punish women for their clothes.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Girls of Israel want bare legs in the classroom

Today, 14:23

Schoolgirls in Israel think they should be allowed to sit in shorts in the classroom. Now in many schools only boys are allowed to wear shorts, but for the girls that is not accepted, write Israeli media.

In Israel it is around 30 degrees centigrade and therefore also the girls would prefer to wear shorts. Most schools prohibit it because they say that girls in shorts will supposedly be more often victims of sexual harassment or even of rape.

Many girls think that is nonsense and in recent days they went to school still wearing shorts. They tell Israeli newspapers they are sent home for that reason.

Call on minister

On social media similar messages appear from students from different cities in the country. The debate has also been noticed by members of the Knesset – Israel’s parliament.

Naftali Bennett, the Minister of Education, was asked to put an end to the discrimination. His ministry has only responded by saying that students and teachers should dress appropriately for school and that schools are allowed to have dress codes in collaboration with parents and students.

Israeli school students protest against repressive dress codes, photo Haaretz

High school girls defy school ban on shorts. Teachers tell the girls that the discriminatory dress code protects them, but the girls believe this is a ‘blame the victim’ approach: here.

According to Dutch daily De Volkskrant, temperature has risen to forty degrees centigrade in Israel. The girls have called for a big demonstration on 16 June, at the Knesset building in Jerusalem.

Israeli journalist Allison Kaplan Sommer writes in Haaretz that if the girls would give in on this, then the next steps of the Israeli government, which includes ultra-orthodox politicians, might be mandatory covering of arms and hair for women.

Women banned from driving, after Saudi Arabia, London


This September 2011 video from the USA is about women in Saudi Arabia.

Do I really have to point out to those ultra-orthodox rabbis in London, that, just like the ban on women driving cars is not in the Quran (not even in the Saudi royal family‘s copies of the Quran … well, it is not Saudi law either … but still, Saudi women get flogged and jailed for driving), it is not in the Torah, or in the Talmud, either …

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Leaders of Jewish Hasidic sect in Stamford Hill ‘ban’ women from driving

Letter signed by Belz rabbis also reportedly said children driven to school by women would be banned from classes

Heather Saul

Thursday 28 May 2015

The leaders of an Orthodox Jewish sect in north London have reportedly declared that women should not be allowed to drive in a letter sent out to the community.

Rabbis from the Belz Hasidic sect in Stamford Hill have said women driving cars contravenes “the traditional rules of modesty in our camp” and goes against the conventions of hasidic institutions, according to a report by the Jewish Chronicle (JC)

The letter, which was signed by Belz educational leaders, also said women would be banned from their schools if their mothers drove them there from August.

It cited increasing numbers of “mothers of pupils who have started to drive” which it said had led to “great resentment among parents of pupils of our institutions”.

Stamford Hill’s residents are predominately Hasidic Jewish and only New York is believed to have a larger community of Hasidic Jews outside of Israel.

Dina Brawer, UK Ambassador of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, confirmed she had seen a copy of the letter to The Independent.

“The instinct behind such a draconian ban is one of power and control, of men over women,” she told JC. “In this sense it is no different from the driving ban on women in Saudi Arabia. That it masquerades as a halachic imperative is shameful and disturbing.”

United States religious fundamentalist blames gay people for drought


This video from the USA is called Crippling Drought in the Golden State: California Soul.

Not so long ago, in January 2014, there was flooding in Britain. Then, a politician of the far right Ukip party blamed LGBTQ people for those floods.

Now, there is an extreme right religious fundamentalist in USA, also blaming LGBTQ people for natural forces. This time, not for too much, but for too little water.

From EcoWatch in the USA:

Gay Marriage to Blame for California’s Epic Drought, Bill Koenig Claims

Anastasia Pantsios | May 8, 2015 10:56 am

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of Obergefell vs. Hodges. The decision in that case, expected in June, could legalize marriage equality across the country in the dozen states that have not done so on their own.

But as that possibility inches closer, opponents have become more desperate and outlandish. Blaming gay marriage for everything wrong in the country seems to be their go-to explanation, even when things are wildly disconnected—such as climate change. When they’re not busy denying climate change exists, they just say it’s happening because God is angry that gay people aren’t being persecuted enough.

The latest to step forward with this explanation is commentator and White House correspondent Bill Koenig of the conservative World Watch Daily, which lists its beats as “wars and rumors of wars, economic news, military buildups, terrorism, political situations, difficult relations between countries, famines, natural disasters and drastic or record-breaking weather.”

It’s the last that Koenig recently connected to the move to assure equality rights for LGBT people. Talking to hosts Jan Markell and Eric Barger on the evangelical radio show Understanding the Times, which pushes the idea that all the conflicts and controversies in the world are part of God’s plan for what they see as the Biblical “end times,” Koenig claimed that gay rights in the U.S. are angering God so much he created the drought in California.

Breaking: rain in southern California: here. Also because of LGBTQ people!? [sarcasm off]

United States religious fundamentalist abuses Nepal disaster for bigotry


This video says about itself:

Nepal earthquake 2015 worst ever in 81 years

25 April 2015

A strong earthquake of magnitude 7.9 on Richter scale and a series of aftershocks struck Nepal on Saturday. The quakes also jolted parts of North and Northeast India. Widespread damage has been reported from Nepal.

Aftershocks hinder rescue efforts as Nepal quake death toll passes 2,500: here.

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The death toll from Nepal’s earthquake rose to 3,218 on Monday, two days after the massive quake ripped across this Himalayan nation, leaving tens of thousands shell-shocked and sleeping in streets: here.

OVER 3,700 DEAD IN NEPAL EARTHQUAKE The death toll is expected to rise as rescuers attempt to reach secluded mountain villages after the devastating 7.8 earthquake Saturday. Check out these maps of the damage, as well as photos of Nepal’s landmarks before and after the earthquake. Footage was captured of the horrific avalanche that swept through a Mount Everest base camp after the quake, and dozens are still trapped on the mountain. [AP]

NEPAL DEATH TOLL COULD SURPASS 10,000 The death toll currently stands at 4,349. Take a look at this map of the horrific damage. [Reuters]

RESCUERS dug with their bare hands yesterday and bodies piled up in Nepal after an earthquake devastated the Kathmandu Valley on Saturday: here.

Nepal was made vulnerable by more than its violent geology, by Shaheen Chughtai. The country is crippled by poverty and poor infrastructure – when the long-feared earthquake hit, devastation was inevitable. The challenge of providing aid will be huge: here.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Nepal earthquake: US Pastor Tony Miano sparks outcry by suggesting Nepalis should not rebuild their ‘pagan shrines’

Self-styled US pastor has previously been accused of homphobia

Andrew Buncombe, New York

Sunday 26 April 2015

A former Los Angeles police officer and self-styled preacher, has sparked outcry by suggesting that Nepalis should not rebuild their “pagan shrines” and instead convert to Christianity.

Tony Miano, an outspoken conservative who has previously been accused of homophobia, triggered angry responses when he posted a series of messages on social media, expressing sympathy for the people struck by devastation in Nepal, but suggesting God was angry.

Tony Miano

Praying 4 the lost souls in Nepal. Praying not a single destroyed pagan temple will b rebuilt & the people will repent/receive Christ.

Santa Clarita, CA

Mr Miano, who is based in California, describes himself as an open air preacher. His website says he established the Cross Encounters Ministries to provide a platform for his preaching and evangelism.

Nepal, which has a population of around 28m people, is around 85 per cent Hindu. There is a significant population of Buddhists, followed by several other minority communities, including Muslim and Christian.

Following recent earthquakes in Nepal, the World Land Trust (WLT) has launched an emergency appeal for funds to assist anti-poaching measures in the Nepalese national parks. With the country’s security forces focused on humanitarian relief efforts, in the national parks endangered species such as tiger, rhino and elephant are unprotected and vulnerable to poaching: here.

‘Kill the gays bill’, after Uganda, the USA?


This video from the USA says about itself:

Jeff Sharlett, author of “The Family” and Rachel Maddow discuss the secretive Republican “C Street House” run by a bizarre conservative Christian group.

As an addition to the earlier post on this blog about United States Christian fundamentalists The Family, also known as The Fellowship; from Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad, 6 February 2010, paper edition, page 4, article “Het geheime netwerk van Christus” (Christ’s secret network):

Asked about the recent affair in Uganda, where Family activists have proposed the death penalty for homosexuals, Stephen Haines

son of Family leader Wallace E. Haines jr.

says: “My father probably would have supported that. He always felt very strongly that gays should be punished.”

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

To counter the ‘kill the gays‘ proposal, an activist in California has proposed an ‘Intolerant Jackass Act’

Posted 2 hours ago by Evan Bartlett

This week we reported on the unfathomable news that a Californian lawyer had proposed a bill that would legalise the murder of lesbian and gay people in the state by “bullets to the head”.

Somehow, the Sodomite Suppression Act will actually be put to a signature-gathering stage because under Californian law, anyone who pays a $200 (£134) fee can put forward legislation without it being blocked by the attorney general.

In the unlikely event that Matt McLaughlin’s proposal gathers 365,880 signatures, it will be put to a ballot in November.

However, in much cheerier news, utilising the same loophole, a former politician and community activist plans to propose the Intolerant Jackass Act which brilliantly skewers the original.

The bill proposes that anyone found guilty of suggesting an act to kill gay people “shall be required to attend sensitivity training for at least three (3) hours per month for twelve (12) consecutive months. In addition, the offender or ‘Intolerant Jackass’ must donate $5,000 (£3,367) to a pro-gay or pro-lesbian organization”.

Speaking to Slate, Charlotte Laws explained that although she doesn’t necessarily expect her counter-bill to be passed, she decided she had to “fight fire with fire”.

“The only way to counter [the Sodomite Suppression Act] is… to let people know that most people in California don’t agree with something as incendiary and hateful as what this one attorney proposed.

We have a very open-minded state and country. This is one guy, and there are millions of us who do not agree with this.”

Charlotte Laws, activist and former politician

United States anti-Semitic preacher tricks rabbis


This 6 December 2014 video from the USA is called Pastor Steven Anderson Admits He Hates Gays and They All Should Be Killed

From daily Haaretz in Israel:

Gay-bashing, anti-Semitic U.S. pastor dupes rabbis into appearing in film

Steven Anderson working on film titled ‘Marching to Zion’ that aims to prove Jews are no longer God’s chosen people.

Jan. 1, 2015 | 10:04 AM

A controversial American pastor duped four rabbis, including one who is a Holocaust survivor, into appearing in a film that aims to prove “Jews are no longer God’s chosen people.”

Arizona-based news outlets report that Steven Anderson, who heads the Faith Temple Baptist Church in Tempe, is working on a film titled “Marching to Zion.”

The promotional video for the film says its goal is “to prove that the Jews are no longer God’s chosen people in the New Testament but that we as believers, we as Christians, are God’s chosen people [and] that the modern-day nation of Israel over in the Middle East is a complete fraud.”

Anderson’s church is among the “most hardcore anti-LGBT hate groups,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which says the pastor recently said the U.S. could have an AIDS-free Christmas if all gays are killed, as the Bible demands. He has also previously prayed for President Barack Obama’s death.

Now Anderson has turned his attention to the Jews, according to a blog post on the Phoenix New Times.

“These days, Anderson is all about bashing the Jews on YouTube where he posts hate-filled sermons with such snappy titles as ‘The Jews and Their Lies,’ ‘Jews Are Anti-Christs,’ ‘Christ-Rejecting Jews Are Children of the Devil,’ ‘The Jews Are Our Enemies,’ and the ever-popular, ‘The Jews Killed Jesus,'” writes Stephen Lemons of the New Times.

Anderson has outraged the Jewish community and the Anti-Defamation League with his recent antics – especially tricking four local rabbis into appearing in his film, which has been deemed anti-Semitic.

Anderson allegedly described himself as “an interested layperson” making a documentary about the Jewish faith, Arizona’s Jewish News reported.

“The subterfuge that he used to get these interviews from us is beyond belief,” Rabbi Irwin Wiener told the Jewish News.

Anderson reportedly told the rabbis he was making the documentary for the Public Broadcasting System. “When he used the words PBS to me, it sounded legitimate and I didn’t pursue it any further,” Wiener said.

In a press release on Anderson’s film, the ADL said it was “deeply troubled by the upcoming release of a new ‘documentary’ geared toward Christian audiences that purportedly will focus on ‘the history of the Jews,’ but in fact will likely serve as a tool for denigrating Jews and Judaism.”

“Pastor Steve Anderson’s warped views of Jews and Judaism are a perversion of our faith and people,” said Rabbi David Sandmel, ADL director of Interfaith Affairs. “It is deeply troubling when a pastor uses his pulpit to misinform fellow Christians about the nature of Judaism and to promote hateful anti-Semitic myths.”

This December 2014 video from the USA says about itself:

Pastor Anderson Hates on the Jews

from Voice Media Group

Wacko Tempe preacher Steven Anderson is now in the anti-Semitism business, and has been posting sermons to YouTube with such snappy titles as “The Jews and Their Lies,” “Jews Are Antichrists,” and “Christ-Rejecting Jews Are the Children of the Devil.”

That would be bad enough, but Anderson also recently convinced four local rabbis to participate in his upcoming DVD Marching to Zion, which promises to address the same sick themes. The rabbis, one of whom is a Holocaust survivor, say Anderson was not upfront about his intentions. In this segment from one of Anderson’s live YouTube shows, Anderson admits as much when New Times reporter Stephen Lemons calls in.