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    • arik
    • 18.07.10 | 08:00 (IDT)

    Israel as a other democracies in Europe are enacting a variety of constitutional devices in order to utter and express one single thing to their country's minorities. "This is the end of overlapping consensus about national/cultural values .... We start a confrontational era." In each country the laws enected are different, ( minarettes, burqas, jihab, citizen oath, etc) depending on the quality of the conflict with each minority, but they point into the same direction....limiting the level of tolerance vis a vis demands of those minorities. American liberals compite amid each other to see who is more tolerant towards the "other". It seems that other western democracies (Switzerland, Belgium, France) are turning its back to that trend. They are right in doing so. Minorities should enjoy liberal rights and in some cases group cultural rights, however, majorities have also rights that should prevail, (if the liberal democratic rights of the minority are preserved) even under the threat of minority rebellion.

    from the article: Loyalty to the state is enough
    First published 01:47 18.07.10 | Last updated 01:47 18.07.10
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