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    • Will from Bradford
    • 23.08.10 | 23:05 (IDT)

    I understand the dilemma caused by simultaneously having a racial group and a religion as a defining trait. However, I do not understand how anyone can reconcile having a Jewish and western-style democracy. If you believe a Jew is someone who shares certain DNA, then to define a nation as a Jewish nation is racist. Britain is not defined as a Caucasian democracy for example, and similarly no other western democracies define themselves as such, because to do so is to suggest that citizens of other races are not British. If you believe a Jew is someone who practices Judaism then you must separate religion and state. To discriminate on the basis of religion would be theocratic, and not democratic. At the moment, Israel is a racist theocracy, but I hope it might yet become a full democracy.

    from the article: You can't be a Jewish Muslim
    First published 01:58 23.08.10 | Last updated 01:58 23.08.10
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