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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Hutterite Community, Like Sean Penn, Hates Pictures

The Alberta Hutterite community wants photo-free driver's licenses and they'll likely get them. The case is now at the Supreme Court after an appeals court said that the Hutterians were within their constitutional rights to be pic-free.

To get this privilege you have to prove your membership in a registered religious organization and provide, "actual scriptural passages" to support your request.

So, what is this "scriptural passage" stuff? For the Hutterians, it's nothing less than the damn second commandment from the damn Bible! Yeah, of the 10 Commandments. For those not in the know, that's the "make none of them goddamn graven, idol type images" commandment. No images of anything that layeth upon the Earth.

(Ok, so I found where it actually says that you should make no:
likeness of what is in Heaven above or on earth beneath or in the water....
So there.)

Taking a picture of yourself is, apparently, making an idol (much to Simon Cowell's copyright chagrin). I really don't want to slippery-slope this, but, I mean, if you made a shirt out of sheep's wool with some dandy bone buttons, good on you. That shirt would now, however, be an object "on earth". But...if you were to tear that shirt and needed a new one, would you be able to make another? Wouldn't that new shirt be a copy of an object on earth? Somebody straighten me out here because this just sounds retarded.

To be clear, I'm not a fan of excessive security. The airports are ridiculous now, banning goddamn toothpaste. However, with so many drivers and so much potential for abuse (not by the Hutterites, by other assholes pretending to be Hutterites), having a photo driver's license is something I agree with...just in case you were about to give a shit about what I think.

No one is hindering the Hutterians ability to practice their religion, but at what point do we, as a rational society, get to say, "Ok, we understand that you think pictures are bad, but your beliefs are ludicrous."?

Check this out though:
(The) Canadian Civil Liberties Association, maintains that “tearing apart the fabric of a religious community and ending their communal way of life exacts too high a price for the benefit of including 252 Hutterites in Alberta's data base.”
How in the fuck is getting them to have a picture on their driver's licenses going to possibly, in any way at all, "end(ing) their communal way of life"? Overstate much? These folks are fine, but what they believe is demonstrably stupid, so put on your helmets and get with the program.

I really see no difference between this an a grown man saying, "Well, I can't go into the DMV to get my photo done because my religious beliefs are such that I know the floors of all DMVs are lava. Sure, everyone else walks on the floors, but to ME, they're lava." We, as a society, are treating this as if it has some intellectual merit and are "respecting their religious beliefs."

No, we're caving in to silliness. Practice whatever stupid ass, archaic, Bronze-age retardedness you want - power to you - but when you show up to the rest of us grown-ups and demand that we respect your crazy beliefs, don't be shocked when we giggle, pat your head, and ask you to either play by the rules or go home.

3 Barbaric Yawps:

At 19/10/08 7:56 am, Blogger Call me Paul said...

As I said when I discussed that turban/motorcycle guy in Toronto:

Practising a religion is a choice. If making that choice conflicts with other choices in your life, you are going to have to choose again.

If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice. Oops, sorry. Sometimes I just spontaneously break out into song...

At 19/10/08 10:08 am, Blogger Heathen Mike said...

Oh there anything you can't explain with a pithy lyric and 48 minute drum solo?

I think not.

Thanks, Paul!

At 19/10/08 12:09 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've always wondered what these people did when they had to handle cash, what with all the graven images on it.


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