Jonathan Turley describes the case of the Brooklyn District Attorney who has made a special exemption for Orthodox Jews by not releasing the names of those members of their communities who have been accused of being sex offenders.
The DA’s office says that this is because of the “tight-knit and insular” nature of those communities. As Turley says, “It appears that a defendant need only be a member of the Orthodox Jewish community to be able to claim an exemption from public identification. If you are a member of another religion or an atheist, you are out of luck because you are not “unique.””
Turley says that this is disturbing for many reasons but is part of a pattern of allowing special privileges for the Hasidic community, such as erasing bike lanes in the neighborhoods in which they live so that the men would not have to experience the temptation of seeing women in shorts.
It is crazy that we have to accommodate the bizarre misogynistic preferences of a religious sect who choose to live in a modern city and yet expect everyone else to conform to their desire to live by the rules of a book written by unknown authors over two millennia ago.