Separation of religion from state is the foundation of modern republics - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 09.12.10 | 11:06 (IST)

    Until the Protestant Reformation in Germany and the rest of Europe, the world had been ruled by theocracies from time immemorial. The Roman Empire was the last to fall in this regard. It's a historical fact that the Roman Papacy directly and by authorization of Emperors Constantine and Justinian progressively inherited the throne of the Caesars, from which the Roman Church pretends moral authority to this day. Opposint this last and greatest union of religion and state, Luther and his colleagues laid the foundations of modern democratic republics in Europe and then world wide. At enormous cost in human lives and suffering - endless wars and inquisitions in Europe, spread from there around the world. It's time for Israe to grow up, politically, and religiously, and admit that religion should stay out of politics. And enshrine that principle in the basic law of the land. In its constitution when it gets one. But even now.

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