what we should instead applaud is a culture that enforces its own preferred version of aesthetics and rules even with degrees of violence? Or is it simply a situation that if you refuse to abide by the rules then you should bear the consequences?
According to one witness, the Muslim woman was on the ground trying to hold her garment down when other members of the group came to her aid.
Ali said when some of the men in the group saw that women were being hit, they came over and objected and they were also struck by the police officers and arrested, including Ali’s brother.
But here lies the added contention: From their vantage point, on Tuesday afternoon, law enforcement, both park rangers and county police, acted aggressively and excessively, subduing and beating a woman as she lay on the ground and roughing up others who tried to defend her, though Westchester County Parks Deputy Commissioner Peter Tartaglia said on Tuesday afternoon he had not heard of such an incident taking place.
Should we be at all surprised that authorities reacted as ardently as they did as is usual when one of their own is harmed or put in harm’s way? But then again how should one contain a phalanx of agitated protestors? Which raises another issue whether the reach of the law sometimes goes too far…but a cursory look around America these days has seen a marked denigration of our civil liberties- for our own safety of course…
But perhaps this comment from Tartaglia could be justified to underscore the severity of what was actually at stake:
tpmmuckracker: Tartaglia said the park had the policy for three years, and it didn’t specifically single out Muslims. “We told them several times we have what we call a headgear policy, meaning there are certain rides where you can’t wear headgear of any sorts,” he said, adding: “If you have a scarf on, you could be choked.”
Ultimately one has to wonder about the lack of compassion and understanding, simmering subdued hostilities and notions of what being a Muslim represents and if there is some sort of inherent prejudice both on the part of the Muslims towards Western society (as some would argue they have failed to truly adopt Western virtues) and vice versa. But certainly turning to violence as a last resort can only continue in disengaging a part of culture that ought to find some harmony.
So much for dragon and roller coaster rides…