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    • Colin Wright
    • 27.08.07 | 19:28 (IDT)

    While what you say about Christian fundamentalists is true, it's worth noting that historically two things have characterized the US. First, it's been a flourishing democracy for far longer than any other society. Secondly, it has had powerful and majestically irrational fundamentalist religious movements throughout this period. The tenets of religious fundamentalism may contradict those of democracy. However, the fact is that they do coexist. In fact, one could argue that if one creates an open, unstructured society, it's inevitable that large numbers will turn to such creeds for the structure that is otherwise lacking. We may be looking at two sides of a coin here. So to extend the thought to Israel, perhaps the continued vitality of the fundamentalist movement is simply a concomitant of the otherwise quite unstructured and progressive nature of Israeli society. In which case, the question is 'so what?'

    from the article: Liberaland and Haredistan
    First published 00:00 27.08.07 | Last updated 00:00 27.08.07
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