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.
UN chief condemns Palestinian toddler killing, urges calm (Reuters)
from the article: Keeping Israel Jewish and pure - and democractic if there's time