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    • David
    • 10.12.09 | 03:58 (IST)

    I'm not just trying to be abrasive. The reality is that the secular liberal Western democracy is but one extreme along a complex spectrum of governing ideologies. Here in the United States we stress the separation of church and state, but no one would think to suggest we're a secular nation. Does that mean we're no different than Saudi Arabia? It's ironic that western liberals such as Levy are the first to tell us that we cannot impose our beliefs on other nations, including Iran, and yet they are the first to castigate us for not meeting their own ideals. It's no secret that Israel is still wrangling over just how much influence Judaism should have over the state (and what kind of Judaism should be doing the influencing), but the reality, which Levy does touch upon, is that most Israelis would not be comfortable or happy living in a completely secular society. That does not make them obtuse or backwards. It makes them Israelis.

    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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