I've been following the pushy behavior, chauvinism and social explosion of these fundamentalist sects on cult news and other sites for a while.
They've been refusing to sit with women on public transport, and even planes.
They've refused to do national service in Israel.
But it seems broader Israeli society has had enough of their nonsense.
They are now liable for military service and expected to conform to basic modern rules.
To me as a gay man it justifies a long held suspicion that Abrahamic religions are not heterosexual, but strongly homo-social and homoerotic.
They might rile against openly gay people and expressions, but that's just a front.
True "love" is reserved only for equals in the sect, which are other men.
Hence not just misogyny, but also homophobia become important to differentiate from what is constantly threatening.
That's just my personal thoughts.
Homophobic religion is profoundly and visibly homosexual in many respects.
It's a huge source of anxiety, because people who are proudly heterosexual don't have a problem with the other gender, or other sexualities.
Homophobia erupts where there is insecurity, and a big song and dance must be made to differentiate "patriarchal brotherhood" from lovers.
This group is not unique, and some religious people from the US already think it's a great idea.
I don't see how discriminating against women, or imposing medieval standards by a gang of bullies is ever a good idea.
It's great for these men to enjoy their religion, but they really shouldn't impose it on people.
For more see the case of a female soldier driven off a bus by fundamentalist taunts:
Then there was the case of the 8-year-old girl who was bullied by extremists, although even the Haredim found this officially unacceptable:
So these glasses are probably just a temporary gimmick, but it's good for religious extremists to think about limiting themselves according to their
chosen religion, because women in Western societies will no longer be bullied.
edit on 14-8-2012 by halfoldman because: (no reason