-'The Church' (or the religious people) in the West have long ago lost their battle to impose their laws upon the people. There, the problem of 'keep religion out of politics' was solved long ago. However, it is about to return soon, in another form, not Christianity, but Islam. -The problem in Israel is different. The religious people, for the moment,are in politics thru' the democratic process of electing their members in the Knesset. As long as that is so, that's fine. -In many moslem countries, Religion is the law, and that's not democratic to say the least. All three above groups must remain vigilent as the religious (mostly extremists) are becoming more powerful. The hope is that wars due this power strugle can be avoided. If only the religious of any faith could stick to religion and keep out of politics, it would be a much better world. We dont' ask them to give up religion, they should not ask us to give up freedom.
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