religious premises of politics might not be noticed til they're gone - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 28.07.13 | 10:11 (IDT)

    A logical point to bear in mind is that a politics with some progressive religious basis has the potential to be just as, and in fact – due to high ethical ideals – should be more equitable with regard to all sectors of society, including religious and ethnic minorities, than secular-based politics, which, as relatively recent history has shown, has a propensity for unsurpassed totalitarian intolerance, torture, killing, incarceration in labour camps and psychiatric hospitals (such as labour camps in North Korea and there is the book titled, “China’s Psychiatric Inquisition” – which I’ve yet to get a copy of and read) and repression including by subversive secret intelligence KGB-type means. Western civilization was founded on the Bible’s urging love, compassion, a caring society/politics and laid the basis of a route to societal progress also being through taxation – the Biblical “levy”. Although over the centuries the socio-politics fell far short of religions’ ideals/failed, it has also advanced, adhering more closely to high religious precepts, and still can be considered politics’ ‘best practise’. Another point is that when the US, for example, (unlike the UK), in its Constitution separated religion and state, it seems it was to ensure that not one particular religion or sect could dominate the nation’s politics, nor could religions vie for political control through each religion or sect having a political party. Yet, isn’t it doubtful that secularism was seen as a positive ‘entity’ itself, with values of its own, promoting a secular, non-religious way of life allied to atheism, rather than simply a means of avoiding the possibility that one religion or sect could rise to power and assert authority over the rest, or, at worst, (as early settlers/refugees had experienced in countries from which they had fled), be oppressive/persecutory? It seems secularism in the West today is becoming as influential and in some respects powerful as religions in the past, restricting personal freedom of choice and propagating its values. I invite readers from foreign countries to comment, perhaps giving examples.

    from the article: State-imposed religion disfigures Israeli democracy
    First published 02:24 26.07.13 | Last updated 02:24 26.07.13
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