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    • Gidon
    • 09.06.10 | 16:32 (IDT)

    At least that is what Aluf is suggesting. The fact that you are secular or religious is irrelevant: a huge mistake is to believe that the key is to wipe out tradition, be it jewish, islamic or christian. One should fight radicalism and extremism, not the religions as they are. To declare any ideology as the best, superior, sounds dangerous, very dangerous to me. In name of secularism terrible things happened in Israel at the beginning of the state. Religious jews of Marroco or Yemen that arrived in the late 40's and 50's to Israel were discriminated against. They were forced into secular kibbuztim, there payes (side locks) were cut, and they were not allowed to keep shabbat or kosher. No, it's a mistake to believe that because you are secular yourself you are a better person. Its a mistake to believe because someone is a religious jew, muslim or christian he is a problem to Western society. Only a society where people can freely chose religion, where they get proper education, where they can be whatever they want to be, be it secular or religious, there is hope for a better future. Aluf is making the same mistake as some of the radicalists: his or her view, is the best and only view for success. I rather wish to live in a balanced society with the beautiful values of tradition, religion, secularism, socialism, capitalism. freedom of speech and religion are all being respected next to each other

    from the article: What a missed opportunity
    First published 01:43 09.06.10 | Last updated 01:43 09.06.10
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