I don't think I've EVER seen a better case made for the a-b-s-o-l-u-t-e need for the separation of religion and state! - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Giggles
    • 12.12.10 | 06:28 (IST)

    Especially in a democracy. You've nailed its essence! And of course they laughed at the attorney general, because he was caught in an inescapable "catch-22". As long as religion is given preeminence by the state, it will permeate and hold sway over the government and civil law. In the final analysis, the whims of its leadership will become the law, religious edicts will take precedence, and things like the Inquisition will become possible. The simple reality is that religion is despotic, NOT democratic, and sadly, it's based on individual i-n-t-e-r-p-r-e-t-a-t-i-o-n-s of religious texts which may or may not be the word of God...or are perhaps themselves only mortal 'interpretations' of His word. Best that religion remain in its own separate - spiritual - realm, completely distinct from the state.

    from the article: Keeping Israel Jewish and pure - and democractic if there's time
    First published 01:39 12.12.10 | Last updated 01:39 12.12.10
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