Anglican or Jewish state? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 21.11.11 | 19:36 (IST)

    Great Britain is indeed an Anglican State in ritual, the head of state is the head of the established religion (a particular sect of Christianity) but it is also one of the most secular countries in the world. This seeming contradiction is managed by a sequence of legal developments which renders the ritual irrelevant except as a tourist curiosity. There is a clear separation that has emerged over time between the head of state and the head of government. The head of state appoints the head of the established Church, but only at the recommendation of the head of government who need not be a believer. (S)he may even be an agnostic or an atheist. Israel may find a lesson in that model. Instead of arguing the place of the Jewish religion in society, it could gradually separate the ritual from the state with the introduction of legislation to promote equal opportunity for all.

    from the article: New 'Jewish identity' bill will cause chaos in Israel
    First published 03:25 21.11.11 | Last updated 03:25 21.11.11
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