Hatred of Liberal Values - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Dr Jonathan Rynhold, Lecturer Bar-Ilan University
    • 12.10.10 | 08:34 (IST)

    It's less hatred of liberal values and more fear of them. Populist ultra-nationalists like Lieberman and anti-modern religious ideologies seek to protect themselves from open rational debate because it will also cast great doubt on their positions. It is certainly possible to remain religious and politically conservative in an open intellectual environment, but its much harder to sustain the credibility of "essentialist" extremism. It all starts with Israel's tribal education system. It is certainly legitimate to have religious schools but all school children should have to confront in a serious way, the opinions and outlooks of those different from them. The right to promote certain religious or nationalist beliefs needs to be balanced by the duty to listen and engage with others who think differently. Those of us with "faith" should have the faith that our core beliefs are not so tenuous that they cannot deal with engaging with others who do not share them.

    from the article: Loyalty oath is not about Arabs, it’s about hatred of liberal values
    First published 12:58 11.10.10 | Last updated 12:58 11.10.10
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