UPDATED:17 year old Shira Banki (pictured above) has died from the wounds inflicted on her by right wing orthodox extremist Yishai Schlissel. Take a good look. Death, hate and bigotry are the fruits of fundamentalist religion. Personally, I would like to see Schlissel drawn and quartered. Yes, it is a barbaric punishment, but a message needs to be sent to members of fundamentalist religions of all faiths that modern societies will not tolerate their hate and poison and that they will be dealt with in the most brutal and forceful ways possible. Fundamentalism of every stripe is a poison that needs to be eradicated from the face of the earth.
American Christofascists do not have a monopoly on anti-gay hate and animus. This week at Jerusalem's gay pride event, Yishai Schlissel, a knife wielding ultra-Orthodox Jew, stab six people leaving a sixteen year old girl still in critical condition. The photos above via Huffington Post show some of the carnage and Schlissel in custody. Take a good look. This is the true face of conservative religion. Hate and violence, and often death. Conservative, fundamentalist religion, be it Christian, Jewish or Muslim, is a pestilence that deserves no respect or deference in the modern world. Here are more details from Huffington Post:
An anti-gay ultra-Orthodox extremist suspected of stabbing revelers at Jerusalem's Gay Pride Parade appeared in court on Friday and the judge ordered that he remain in custody.
The suspected attacker, Yishai Schlissel, was arrested at the pride parade the previous day, after he brandished a knife and stabbed six people. The court extended his arrest by 12 days as the investigation against him continues, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said.
Schlissel was convicted of a similar attack that wounded several people at a gay pride parade in Jerusalem in 2005. Schlissel had been released from prison just three weeks ago after serving his sentence.Israeli hospital officials said Friday that a 16-year-old girl remained in critical condition after the attack, with wounds to her chest and shoulder. Three others are in hospital but their conditions are not life threatening, while the remaining two have been discharged, hospital officials said.
The Gay Pride Parade was proceeding as planned with party music, Israeli flags and rainbow-clad marchers wending their way through central Jerusalem's barricaded streets, under a heavy police presence, when the attacker entered the throng of people. Within seconds he raised a knife and began stabbing people in the back.Police pounced on him and arrested him. The crowd's carefree cheers suddenly gave way to screams.
A world without fundamentalist religion - perhaps without religion entirely - would be a far better world. It's telling that everyone of the death threats I have receive via comments on this blog (I never publish their venom) have come from "godly Christians."