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.

About JT Eberhard

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.

  • Miri

    Just a heads up, it’s spelled “Israel.” :)

    • JTEberhard

      This sucks so bad! No matter how much I tell people “I know how to spell Israel and have always spelled it correctly in the past, I just mistyped!” All my friends are going to keep bugging me about not being able to spell. :P

      • Miri

        It’s okay. I’ve misspelled my own name before. :P

  • Bear Millotts

    From the article “Police detained two people for questioning in the wake of the incident: the man who ordered the woman to move to the back of the bus, and a female passenger who tried to obstruct police from arresting the suspect.”

    Why would any woman want to protect a member of a religion that treats other women that way?

    • iknklast

      Because women have been brought up to believe that is the right thing. My mother was the main force in trying to make sure I got married with children (and no job). She was totally horrified that I became a biologist. Religion teaches women that they’re not OK, and women pass that teaching to their kids.

  • Stev84

    I bet none of these animals will be charged. The article doesn’t even mention that any of them were arrested.

  • EvolutionKills

    I can not roll my eyes or face-palm hard enough to convey my disappointment in humanity…

  • Bilbo Baggins

    Fucking bloody bastard wankers. What a bunch of idiotic arseholes.

    By the way, although the headline says the woman refused to move, in the article it says it was the driver who stood up for her:

    “The incident began on a No. 497 bus from Beit Shemesh to Bnei Brak,
    which is run as a mehadrin line on which men and women sit separately.
    Under a ruling by the High Court of Justice in 2011, such seating is
    strictly voluntary.
    to passengers on the bus, one of the female passengers asked a woman
    who was sitting at the front of the bus to move to the rear. While the
    seated woman did not object, the driver – who heard the conversation –
    summoned police, who detained the woman who had made the request and her
    husband, and the bus continued on its way.”

    and then a bunch of stupid thugs attack some other unrelated buses and terrorise people that had nothing to do with the incident! Morons.
    At least there are more sensible people prepared to stand up to them.