Monday, September 22, 2008


A Hasidic community has had it up to their hats with female cyclists.
They're young, hip, and in a hurry. And on any given day, anyone can find female cyclists cruising through a predominantly Hasidic section of Williamsburg, where conservative religious views frown upon less than buttoned-up commuters.
Unfortunately, dressing to appease those hypersensitive about the female form is a recipe for a clothing-in-the-spokes induced case of pavement rash. Never mind that the women cyclists in question, not being Hasidics themselves, would probably have to be comatose to care even less than they already do about yet another example of Abrahamic misogyny.

The Hasidic's answer: remove the bike lanes from city streets. Not temple streets. City streets. Where safety conflicts with subjugation, so much the worse for safety.

Presumably, this Hasidic community is in the United States because they are free from any worry about persecution. Ironic that they do not extend to others that which they expect for themselves.

Ironic. But not surprising.


Blogger Harry Eagar said...

It's a hell of a lot worse there than you think. Read my review of 'The Zaddik' at Amazon.

September 22, 2008 5:01 PM  
Blogger lonbud said...

Um, since when are members of any outlier community in the United States "free from worry about persecution"?

September 22, 2008 10:14 PM  
Blogger Hey Skipper said...


I'm confused -- which are the outliers, and who is getting persecuted?

Also, I notice you added the qualifier "... in the United States ..."

Presuming it is true in general that outliers are more prone to persecution, in which society is that problem less prominent than in the US?

September 22, 2008 10:30 PM  
Blogger Hey Skipper said...


That is the first I have heard of that sort of thing since Catholics kidnapped Jewish children in Italy.

September 22, 2008 11:01 PM  
Blogger Harry Eagar said...

Never underestimate the power of faith, Skipper.

September 23, 2008 12:06 AM  
Blogger Duck said...

Unfortunately, dressing to appease those hypersensitive about the female form is a recipe for a clothing-in-the-spokes induced case of pavement rash.

Skipper, your flair for colorful prose only gets better. Great writing!

I've a better idea than getting rid of bike lanes. Why don't we offer hypersensitive Hasidim free blindfolds.

September 24, 2008 7:23 AM  
Blogger David said...

I've got no idea what any of you think you're talking about.

Lonbud: Since 1776.

Harry: Satmar is just one type of Hasidim, the people convicted for kidnapping Shai Fhima were not Satmars and Hasid are not necessarily anti-zionist. Hasids do not, as a general rule, believe that they are not subject to secular law. Plus some anti-zionist Hasid live in Israel. Hasidism is basically a charismatic form of Judaism. Not my cup of tea, but not particularly harmful.

Skipper: Yeah, they got some nerve. Assuming that they can petition the government to try to redress their grievances. Don't they know that they're second class citizens and their opinions don't count. We ought to ban that sort of behavior.

September 28, 2008 3:26 PM  
Blogger Duck said...


Certainly they have the right to their opinions, and their opinions count only so far as they add up to a majority in whatever political venue they wish to express their opinions into law. I think Skipper's point is that the beauty of being free from persecution because of minority beliefs also has a cost. Minority beliefs don't carry a lot of political weight in a pluralistic, democratic society. All minority communities (and by now all cultural groups are minorities)need a course in cultural desensitization.

October 01, 2008 7:22 AM  
Blogger David said...

Except that all they're doing is trying to convince the government to take a particular action.

October 01, 2008 11:06 AM  

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