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    • Vittorio Antonio
    • 16.01.13 | 21:27 (IST)

    Understanding the problem is quite simple; the solution is difficult. The founders of the American republic realized that religious beliefs and political necessity represent separate dimensions of reality. When these realities are fused within a political-territorial community religious beliefs become components of political necessity leading to deep-seated conflicts over the exercise of power. From the time of Constantine Christian leaders allowed the fusion of theology with political necessity and the result was unceasing warfare between Christians over the centuries. Diverse theological formulas became seeds of division because theological beliefs were used as political instruments. Today Christianity in its pluralism has been separated from political necessity in most if not all nation-states where Christians represent a majority. This arrangement allows Christians and others freedom of religion and the freedom to practice their religion according to their conscience. In America Jews, Christians, Muslims among other religious communities are equally protected against the infringement of their freedoms by state power controlled by one or another religion. The separation clause of the Constitution allows all American citizens to work for the universal common good. What I think Israelis do not understand is that Zionism has fused religious beliefs with political necessity resulting in what Jews are experiencing among themselves and what has been transpiring between Arabs and Jews since before the founding of the State of Israel. Religious values are humanized and more effective if not institutionalized within the political structure of the state.

    from the article: Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu: U.S. Jews are fed up with not being valued
    First published 13:42 16.01.13 | Last updated 13:42 16.01.13
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