In a democratic state, clergymen should be elected by their constituents and not appointed by the state. Moreover, they should become employees of their communities and paid by them. Their freedom of speech therefore would not be compromised and be limited to the sufferance of their constituents. Perhaps then, discretion will become the better part of wisdom.This would also limit the influence of the political parties upon the rabbinate.
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