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Mon Jan 25, 2021, 05:16 PM

The Religous Right whackos have a new friend

In looking at all that the Far Right Christian movement has done for this country, I'm excited to see that they have a new friend in the international sphere of influence. Yes, when it comes to "constitooshunel rights" relating to face masks, social distancing and business closings, the religious right choose not to "render to Caesar", but instead insists that they are not only experts of Constitutional Law, but pandemic medicine as well.

According to the WaPo (sorry, but it's a paywall), the Far Religious Right in Israel has the same methods of dealing with their government. The article is entitled "Violence erupts in Israel’s ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods over covid restrictions", and the link is here.
JERUSALEM — Long-building tensions over pandemic restrictions within Israel's ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods erupted in violence Sunday night as rock-throwing crowds pushed back police attempts to clear yeshiva classes and religious gatherings being held in violation of lockdown rules.

Rioters burned trash and toppled street signs and light poles in several cities across Israel. In Bnei Brak, a bus driver was pulled from his seat and pepper sprayed before the vehicle was torched, according to news and social media reports, leading to several buildings being evacuated as the blaze damaged electric lines. At one point, a cornered police officer fired into the air to halt the advancing crowd.

The riots were eventually quelled in some neighborhoods by police wielding stun grenades and water cannons.

The unrest has been growing in recent weeks as police have stepped up enforcement within insular ultra-Orthodox communities, which traditionally resist government authority. On Friday, protesters attacked a police vehicle patrolling Bnei Brak.

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Mon Jan 25, 2021, 05:28 PM

1. Religious extremists have much more in common with other religious extremists than...

...non-extreme followers of their own faith.

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Mon Jan 25, 2021, 05:45 PM

2. Orthodox tends to equate to strongly to very strongly conservative,

so no surprise that behaviors among these communities are very similar. Those same negative and fearful gut reactions to change and differences. All these below apply to embattled far right minorities in an era they are neither suited to nor understand.

“Embedded in Trumpism is the distinction between “people” and “the people.” Not all people belong to “the people.” More and more people emphatically do not belong—which is why Trump’s absurd claims about illegal voting resonated so powerfully.”

“As American conservatives have felt the ebb of cultural power away from them, they have come to feel watched and judged. They do not like it. “How does it feel to be a problem?” memorably asked W. E. B. Du Bois.”

"People do not like being negatively judged. When they feel negatively judged, they hunker down. On the other hand, people do have a sense of fairness. When that is appealed to, they respond more generously.”
― David Frum, Trumpocalypse: Restoring American Democracy

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