My friend David, who is a religious Jew, had this to say about Beit Shemesh.
Michael Lawrence, Israel speaker, agreed on facebook with a poster that said it's a Chillul Hashem (desecration of the name).
It's hard not to agree with both here. For the record, I find the actions of the Haredi at Beit Shemesh disgusting and disgraceful. Government leaders and Rabbonim have all condemned this. There have been mass protests, and I believe it is all long overdue.
One thing that is positive, is that these Charedi are not representative of all Charedi (a fact lost to the press). All religions have their extremists, but I think its wrong to compare to extremists of other religions who kill people in the name of God and rule entire countries, putting down all rebellion. These extremists are not even on the same page as that.