Back of the bus?
Finkelman, Paul <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Paul.Finkelman at albanylaw.edu
Thu Oct 20 11:38:37 PDT 2011
It is not the "town" that is involved. It is the City of New York. Last time I looked Williamsburg was still part of Brooklyn. This seems so outrageous it is hard to comprehend from a legal perspective. It does reflect the desire of many (certainly not all) in the ultra-Orthodox and Hassidic communities to separate themselves from the US. Many in these groups would rather live in pre-WW I Prague where they could have their own community, their own rules, and their own legal system. They do not believe in pluralism or really in religious freedom. But, that makes them in many ways like many in the Christian fundamentalist world. After all, there is not much difference between them and Chief Justice Roy Moore, who wanted to impose his narrow and sectarian religious views on the entire state of Alabama; or the public schools that encourage "prayer the flagpole" and allow teachers to give extra credit for the student who go to the prayer, as happened in Oklahoma when I lived there.
President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law
Albany Law School
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paul.finkelman at albanylaw.edu
From: religionlaw-bounces at lists.ucla.edu [mailto:religionlaw-bounces at lists.ucla.edu] On Behalf Of Jean Dudley
Sent: Thursday, October 20, 2011 1:26 PM
To: Law & Religion issues for Law Academics
Subject: Back of the bus?
It seems that a private bus company with a public transit contract in Williamsburg wants women to sit at the back of the bus. Why? Because of a high concentration of Hasidic Jews in the area. The bus company is in violation of its contract with the town which explicitly states that they will not discriminate.
Same town that residents put up signs on the street telling "Precious Jewish Daughters" to step aside when a man approaches them on the sidewalk.
Sorry for the implied vulgarity, but... WTF, Williamsburg?
Here's the article: http://gothamist.com/2011/10/19/women_riding_the_b110_bus_in_brookl.php
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