Religious Discrimination: Homosexuals and Haredim Jews

Members of a Jewish sect are expecting others to meet their weird requirements to avoid the scandal of alleged religious discrimination.

We see the world is pretty much going insane over attempts to define and prevent “religious discrimination.” On the one hand, Christians are being forced to publicly renounce the Bible for the sake of homosexual “marriages” or else be driven into bankruptcy for the crime of “discrimination.” On the other hand, Muslims expect the Navy to change their dress code to accommodate their belief they must grow out their beards.

Now we have another instance of people invoking “discrimination” to get their way. The U.K.’s The Independent reports, “Groups of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men keep delaying flights by refusing to sit next to women.”

A flight from New York to Tel Aviv was delayed by half an hour last week after a group of male ultra-Orthodox Jewish passengers refused to sit next to women, the third such incident in recent months.

The cabin crew on the Delta flight out of John F. Kennedy Airport tried to find seats for the men, but were met with refusal by other passengers, some of whom who took a dim view of the reasoning behind the request.

The incident took place on Delta flight 468 on 20 December, the Israeli publication The Times of Israel reports. An American passenger ultimately switched seats with the men.

This is the third widely reported incident in the last few months in which ultra-Orthodox Jewish men have delayed a flight by asking to be segregated from women.

On the eve of the Jewish festival Rosh Hashana in October, a flight, also between New York and Tel Aviv, was delayed by an hour after a group of Haredim refused to sit next to women.

In this case, passengers ultimately left the plane before take-off.

A month earlier in September an El Al flight descended into an “11-hour long nightmare” after a group of Haredi Jewish passengers refused to sit next to women.

As far as I can tell from the story, these religious believers know in advance that their convictions will cause trouble in a normal passenger airplane, but they make no effort to forewarn the airline or pay in advance (by chartering their own flight) to accommodate their “need.” Instead they simply surprise the passengers with their demands and then hope to get their way by obstructing the normal flight schedule with their demands.

Other passengers have been quite offended by the behavior of these Jews. Women feel… wait for it… discriminated against by these men.

So why do these men believe they can force a business to accommodate their whims?

Maybe they have learned a lesson from the homosexual-marriage believers who harass and persecute Christians for refusing to affirm the existence of so-called homosexual marriage. Instead of simply finding another cake decorator (which would cost virtually nothing extra) these people would rather force others to accommodate their peculiar beliefs and practices.