There Are No "Ifs" In History - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Vittorio Antonio
    • 24.12.13 | 20:03 (IST)

    Speculation can at best only imagine another face on present reality, but doesn't change anything. The symbiosis between religious authority and state power is antithetical to democracy, and to freedom of religion including all human rights. The State of Israel is an occupying colonial power bent on imposing its will on millions of Arab Muslims and Christians. Its manners are antiquated, regressive and out of sync with the march of civilization which is universalizing and integrating what is best in human development. When religious leaders allow their communities to become the religious arm of the state (e.g., the settlements) or the state to use symbols of religion to impose its authority over others (e.g., the occupation) then the religion, the state, and the people are destined to fail.

    from the article: Imagining an Israel free from the grip of Orthodoxy
    First published 14:02 11.12.13 | Last updated 14:02 11.12.13
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