According to democratic and Enlightened theory, 'the state' is nothing more then a tool for the functioning of a nation. The state has nothing to do with the religious institutes, the rabanut has no power over the functioning of the state. The two are completely seperate, unless.... you live in Israel, Saudi Arabia or Iran. Israel was founded as a secular state in order to rid the Jewish people of the religious oppression in the Stetles and the Ghettos. Now, the revenge of the orthodox makes Jews in Israel the most religious oppressed and the Jews in the US and Europe the most free. History has its cynical turns....
Netanyahu instructs to reexamine open-fire orders against stone- throwers (Haaretz)
from the article: The conversion bill demystified