One of the core beliefs of Satmar philosophy that leads them to oppose Israel's existence is the idea that while we are in golus, ie until Moshiach Tzidkeinu arrives, we are to remain completely subservient to the gentile nations. This is based on the "Three Oaths" in Kesubos 111a where our ancestors, on their way out of Israel after the destruction of the Second Temple (may it be speedily rebuilt) swore that they would not be rebellious against the nations.
That the Satmars and their ilk take this oath seriously is important to remember historically. What many don't like to remember, for instance, is how many rabbonim invoked this line of reasoning to dissuade Jews from fighting back against the Nazis, y"sh, during the Holocaust. Lay down like sheep and accept the will of God, they announced. We must never rebel even when they try to kill us. In some extreme circles, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising is still seen as a sin and not a heroic moment of Jewish bravery because it violated the core belief of subservience.
Yet it seems there is something worse than Nazis coming to slaughter you. What would that horrifying thing being? "Scantily clad" bikers travelling through the Satmar-controlled parts of Williamsburg.
Now for my part, I've never understood the need for bikers to dress like superheroes. I can understand competitive bikers because of the wind dynamics, etc. but these days it seems even casual Sunday riders feel a need to paint on the neon-colour Lycra before heading out on the road. Probably a cultural thing I just don't get.
But that's not the point. The point is that Satmar opposition to bike lines going through Williamburg is curious considering the core belief I mentioned above. In short, if Nazis coming to kill you isn't a reason to stand up and fight, why are bikers passing through the neighbourhood with no interest in interacting with the locals?
Are they in golus or aren't they?