All three monotheistic religions need to face a fundamental issue: religion is more than ritualistic practices; its primary responsibility more fundamentally is to harmonize all aspects of human maturation---physical, psychological, emotional, and social life. What too often happens is that ritual becomes a fig leaf for all kinds of human failings. The rabbis have a great responsibility as do Christian and Muslim clergy not to accept dehumanizing behavior to hide behind poorly grounded religious authority. The state has a responsibility toward every citizen, to protect all from abuse of any kind, and particularly when abuse occurs in families irrespective of purported religious authority. Such action by legal secular authority can be a help to religious leaders by encouraging them to understand how human development is an integral part of spiritual development.
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