Wednesday, September 3, 2008

In this day and age...

1. "... There are no spontaneous blows, every blow requires permission from a Torah sage ... We have instructions in particularly severe cases to break arms and legs, not to kill..." - "modesty squad" participant, see Head Of Israeli Haredi 'Modesty Squad' Senior Ger Hasidic Rabbi.

2. "... These are centuries-old traditions, and I will continue to defend them. Only those who indulge in immoral acts should be afraid..." - Israr Ullah Zehri (MP for Baluchistan province) to a shocked Pakistani parliament. He was commenting on a case where three teenage girls were beaten and then buried alive in a ditch (along with two other women) for the "crime" of wanting to choose who they were to marry... See 5 buried alive - 'tradition'

3. "... When the mob arrived it asked police to drop its guns to the ground. The policemen were outnumbered and went into the police station. The mob set my house on fire, burnt our tractor and also another government vehicle. Then they all celebrated and left..." Hindu on Christian violence in India, see Christians cower from Hindu backlash in India's east

4. “Since my video was shown, the soldiers shoot at our house all the time. When we leave the windows open, they fire tear gas inside too.” - Salam Amira, 16, the West Bank. See Israeli army targets family over brutality film