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    • R.Ross
    • 17.10.10 | 11:32 (IST)

    No Christianity; No Christians. No Islam; No Moslems,. No Hinduism; No Hindus. If there had never been a Jewish religion there would never have been a Jew. When people drop their Jewish religion, as many did and do, including my ancestors, they are no longer Jewish. Russians are Russian because they were born or live in Russia; French are French because they were born or live in France; Germans are German because they were born or live in Germany. Russians, French, Germans are comprised of various religions, including Judaism. For your information there is no Jewish people, no Jewish race, no Jewish nationality; no Jewish homeland... religions don't have homelands. Being Jewish is a religious category which one can drop when one drops the religion. Many Jews choose not to do that but it does not make being Jewish any other than a religious category. Jews who do not practise are like lapsed Catholics who remain Catholic even though they do not practise. The source of the Jewish belief in themsleves as a 'people' is religious teaching but the teaching was only ever metaphorical, never literal. American Indians talked about themselves as a 'nation' centuries before the nation-state was invented; metaphorical not literal.

    from the article: U.S. Jews and Israel versus Barack Obama
    First published 01:01 17.10.10 | Last updated 01:01 17.10.10
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