Talk about a specious comparison. I bet the Dutch laws also require people to wear pants. The Nazis required people to wear pants! Oy Gevalt the Dutch are Nazis!
I despise this kind of comparison for the purpose of gaining privilege. It is as if I as a Canadian felt that I had a right to live under Canadian law when living in Holland. Sorry guys. If you want to have Jewish law go live in Israel. If indeed the Israelis allow you to wander around on the sabbath with no I.D.
I am tempted to ask why carrying ID is work and not walking all over the place but I have learned not to try arguing with religious people or unmedicated schizophrenics. Reason is not part of the equation, or rather, the reasoning is highly proprietary. But as my good friend Tundra T points out, if the orthodox Jews can invent a work-around to allow greater mobility for their community in Australia by putting a wire around the community to create an imaginary yes-go zone, then maybe they can wear a little wire halo that lets them be inside the ‘carry-ID zone wherever they happen to be. Or perhaps they can pretend that inside the halo it’s still Friday night.
The Conference of European Rabbis on Thursday compared a Dutch law that requires citizens to carry their identity cards at all times to restrictions placed on Jews by the Nazi regime in Germany.
The current controversy stems from a decision by an appeals court in The Hague which ruled this week that there is no religious exemption for Orthodox Jews that would allow them to refrain from carrying their identity documents on Shabbat, when transporting objects outdoors is prohibited under Halacha (Jewish law).