Israel stands as the only true democracy in the region. Are we to become a state run by religious extremists? A state where discrimination is the rule? A state that treats people based pm their religious beliefs? If so, we're not the Israel I thought we were. We live in the 21st century yet it seems our mentality isn't moving with the times. All jews don't feel the same but we do share a future. Running Israel on a religious agenda will not enhance our chances of a future of peace. So we can let the relgious right continue to bring us down or we can join the rest of the democratic world. I was raised that being Jewish meant a higher standard of tolerance and undersanding not selfshness and trying to make secular Jews feel less of a Jew because of our more liberal 21st century ideals only distances us further. We need to become one nation with justice and liberty for all!