Surely the problem is that Israel's becoming more religious - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Michael
    • 10.12.09 | 11:09 (IST)

    In many ways Jonathan 4 makes a fair point. We in western countries do live in societies that contain significant vestiges of Christianity. But vestiges is the key word here. Church-going is constantly dropping, Christmas is becoming largely secular and all about fir trees and presents instead of religion, and things like the Queen being the official head of the Church of England are anachronisms from past centuries that mean nothing today. Israel seems to be going the other way. In the West, we tend to assume society will always get more secular, more western, more liberal, but Afghanistan shows that's not true. There were mini-skirts there in the 1970s and burqas now. Religion was not centre stage in Israel in the 1950s and 1960s, but now hardline nationalist religion is on the rise in the power centres of Israel like the government and the IDF. We know how violent Christianity and Islam can get, Judaism has yet to discover how bad it can get but some rabbis already give hints

    from the article: Gideon Levy / Let's face the facts, Israel is a semi-theocracy
    First published 01:19 10.12.09 | Last updated 12:47 10.12.09
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