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    • christoph
    • 31.12.11 | 10:56 (IST)

    Correct me, but I have the impression that we observe a re-religification of minds in many parts of the world. Islam was brought into the consciousness of the world by 9/11 and over this many people seem to have "rediscovered" their christianity or their judaism. Other secularists but me might also have realised that they cannot bypass the clamour of sexist jews in Jerusalem or of misogynist muslims who demand the execution of an Egyptian feminist who poses naked on her web-site. Recently I caught myself writing an e-mail to a syrian bishop, beginning with "your grace", a thing had deemed completely unthinkable years ago. There are many reasonable ways of considering the world around us: Humans by our common conditions (birth and death, food and drink, love and sex etc.), material by ecological and economical deliberations. But somehow people seem to prefer the most ancient prose of antique israelites (none of whom has written as much as a nowadays' grammar school pupil when finishing school), or of a talented poet from Mekka, as if there had not been - especially in the Arab world - hundreds of poets in later times. Why on earth are people so keen on their own submission to these old codes? As if our material human needs and limitations wouldn't impose enough constraints on them.

    from the article: Netanyahu is losing the fight against the ultra-Orthodox on all fronts
    First published 06:10 30.12.11 | Last updated 06:10 30.12.11
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