Disrespect for positional authority
From: Jeff Weintraub (edited)
Iranian cleric, Hojatoleslam Ali Beheshti, insulted one woman too many. And he seems to have pushed this one past her breaking point.
According to Beheshti's account, he encountered a woman with a bad hijab (head covering) and told her to cover herself up.
She responded that he could just close his eyes. When he wouldn't stop bothering her, she knocked him down, beat him up, and put him in the hospital.
My Comment: Years ago, I used to watch Call of the Minneret sometimes on Vision TV in Toronto. It was on Sunday nights and week after week, the host, Steve Rockwell, would tell girls that if they did not cover their hair entirely they would burn in hell at 600 degrees.
I remember once he said that if your grandmother didn't wear a proper hijab she would be burning in hell right now.
To my surprise, he was listed in Toronto Life Magazine as a cool guy whose office was very close to Ryerson University in downtown Toronto. Where the young, ignorant people are. Nice.
Here's a picture of the beaten man (before and after). Is this true or a pleasant fantasy? It's hard to say.
Other people have also taken the law into their own hands when confronted by religious abusers in the street. The difference here is that the government supported the counter-attack.
Johannes Martarsian was walking in the Old City in May 2008 when an young ultra-Orthodox Jew spat at him. Maratersian punched the spitter in the face, making him bleed, and was charged for assault.
But Judge Dov Pollock, who unexpectedly annulled the indictment, wrote in his verdict that "putting the defendant on trial for a single blow at a man who spat at his face, after suffering the degradation of being spat on for years while walking around in his church robes is a fundamental contravention of the principles of justice and decency."
"Needless to say, spitting toward the defendant when he was wearing the robe is a criminal offense," the judge said.
When Narek Garabedian came to Israel to study in the Armenian Seminary in Jerusalem half a year ago, he did not expect the insults, curses and spitting he would be subjected to daily by ultra-Orthodox Jews in the streets of the Old City.
"When I see an ultra-Orthodox man coming toward me in the street, I always ask myself if he will spit at me," says Narek, a Canadian Armenian, this week.
About a month ago, on his way to buy groceries in the Old City, two ultra-Orthodox men spat at him. The spittle did not fall at his feet but on his person. Narek, a former football player, decided this time not to turn the other cheek.
I was very angry. I pushed them both to the wall and asked, 'why are you doing this?' They were frightened and said 'we're sorry, we're sorry,' so I let them go. But it isn't always like that. Sometimes the spitter attacks you back," he says.
My Comment: Put a bunch of police (or football players) in robes and let them take care of the goofballs who dare to attack.