A small, conservative, insanely-religious (but I repeat myself), newspaper in Israel has cropped out women marchers from photos taken at the recent march in Paris. You know, the one that paid tribute to people killed by religious extremists. Said one father:
“The eight-year-old can’t see what I don’t want him to see,” he told Israel’s Channel 10 television station. “True, a picture of Angela Merkel should not ruin the child, but if I draw a line, I have to put it there from the bottom all the way to the top.”
He also said he did not want to tarnish the memories of the people killed in the attacks.
“Including a picture of a woman into something so sacred, as far as we are concerned, it can desecrate the memory of the martyrs and not the other way around,” he said.
…what’s Hebrew for “clueless-asshat”?
I really don’t get how seeing a picture of a woman walking with men, when the woman is wearing a long coat that leaves basically only her head exposed, can possibly, even remotely, be something dangerous or lead to something dangerous. If your eight-year-old son is being sexually aroused by Angela Merkel, then something is going seriously wrong somewhere.
Oh, and lest you want to shake your head and say, “Well, at least that kind of stupidity can never happen in America,” allow me to point out the existence of Kiryas Joel, New York. This is a town that is basically run by Orthodox Jews, who are determined to force their religion on everyone else as much as possible.
Say what you like about places like Iran, but at least they don’t edit the existence of women from their newspapers.