Much of the west, for the last 500 years, has been trying to cast off the religious yoke and enslavement of humanity. Religion offers "pie in the sky" in exchange for the surrender of personal freedom and autonomy. Only children need "training wheels" for life. Adults have enough enough balance to throw out the training wheels that "religious authorities" represent. In the west, the tipping point has allowed secularism to trump ancient superstitions. Who needs anyone's stamp of approval on who we love and who we marry? Why should Israelis or any human being for that matter give away their personal power to any pious charlatan? As an intermarried U.S. Jew I embrace being an adult who does not need a surrogate "parent" as represented by the clergy....To all paid professional busybodies known as Rabbis, Priests, Imams, and Ministers, I say good riddance!
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