Simply despicable. Rats on two legs.
Link to story, excerpts below:
Orthodox Jew burned in arson attempt, family blames religious feud in N.Y. community
NEW SQUARE, N.Y. - An Orthodox Jewish father of four was severely burned after a religious feud led to an arson attempt, according to the victim's family.
Police say Aron Rottenberg, 43, fought off a man armed with an incendiary device Sunday and ended up hospitalized with third-degree burns covering 50 percent of his body. The attacker was carrying a rag soaked with flammable liquid behind the Rottenberg family home in New Square, N.Y., an all-Hasidic Jewish village, police told the Journal News.
Rottenberg's family says they had been targeted before because Rottenberg worshipped in his own way, apart from the main synagogue used by the community's grand rabbi. Six months ago, car windows were smashed; earlier this month, the windows of the house were busted in, reports WCBS.
"Doing your own thing, that is not something they can take," said Rottenberg's son-in-law, Moshe Elbaum. "They don't like that, because it's showing people can do what they want to do."
As was pointed out in an excellent Ottawa Citizens piece (link, excerpts below) this is itself intolerable.
Even though people have differing ideas of what is meant by peace, it is reasonably safe to say peace is a universal desire. For some, it is a sincere desire for peace and harmony. For others, it is peace on their terms only. It is safe to say faith leaders have not acquitted themselves well on the matter of peace. Faith leaders past and present have actually encouraged more of a "peace on our terms" posture, such as "embrace our faith and we will not kill you."
Leaders within any faith must be renounced for such a policy. And the true people of faith within those communities must be actively involved in calling their "leaders" on this. Faith and peace leave little room for passivity. If peace is important, it needs to be actively and vigorously pursued, even if in the process there are some distinctly unpeaceful exchanges.
Read more: http://www.ottawacit...l#ixzz1NzhwIetD
Edited by jbg, 31 May 2011 - 09:15 PM.