Israel’s Rosa Parks.

The moralizing force of religion has once again reared its ugly head.  This time it’s near Jerusalem, where a woman refused to move to the back of the bus to make room for a man.

Ultra-Orthodox protesters attacked and damaged three buses in the city of Beit Shemesh near Jerusalem on Wednesday, after a female traveling on one of the buses refused a Haredi passenger’s order to move to the back and sit separately from the men.

Following her refusal, demonstrators blocked the path of the bus and smashed its windshield, then targeted two other buses nearby. Police were summoned to the site.

There are plenty of things in life that justify anger: the suffering of human beings, injustice, etc.  A woman not sitting at the back of the bus ain’t one of them, and it would never occur to anybody that it was if not for belief that a book of ridiculous rules came straight from the architect of the universe.  We’d also not have people thinking that property damage is a reasonable response to a woman sitting in the seat they want.  I’d seriously give my right arm to never have to read another story where somebody (or a large group of people) felt unfairness was totally acceptable as long as it’s god’s will.

You can say religion gets some people to behave well, but there are reasons to behave well that don’t involve believing in this sort of nonsense.  What doesn’t exist is a reason outside of religion to think your penis gives you the power to relegate a human being to the back of a bus.

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When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.