For John, BLUF: Some groups are politically protected and some aren't. Nothing to see here; just move along.
The charismatic leader of a ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect "was reportedly taking part in a purification ritual last Friday when he was swept away by an unusually strong river current."
That is the headline at the Althouse Blog for this story at the (Canadian) National Post.
The National Post reports in "Drowning of Lev Tahor leader raises fears over ultra-Orthodox sect's future/The strict rules [Shlomo] Helbrans imposed led Israelis to nickname the cult-like group the Jewish Taliban, because female members wear burka-like robes beginning at age three."Per the news report the Lev Tahor Sect has moved from the outskirts of Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, north of Montreal, to Chatham, Ontario, then on to Guatemala, due to fears of Political Authorities taking their children from them.
Would we (or the Canadians, in this case) threaten to do the same to some Muslim sect here in the US (or in this case, Canada)? I am doubtful.
Hat tip to Ann Althouse.
Regards — Cliff