There are many symbols that people use to express their own egos, or agendas, and religion is only one of them. It was said that in the Soviet Union, Marx and Lenin were raised to the level of a "form of believing", so that to speak out against them was "anti-Soviet" and might send you to Siberia. In Syria it was against the law to speak out against the "Rais" so that even a joke put one comedian in jail for using the leader's name. As wrote earlier, there is an agenda here, to bring the alleged power of what these Reform activists call "the Orthodox" down. They may have the authority to run the area of the Western Wall, but without the people that actually "go there" they wouldn't have any voice at all. The same goes for Kashrut, and other aspects of Judaism in Israel--in Israel, and in the Mediteranean in general, most people are traditional regardng the way they practce their faith. They may not be stringent, and even some people are lax, about their observance, but there are benchmarks that cannot be "violated". That being said, there are some extremists, however, most people do what they do, some more and some less, and leave the non-believers to themselves. Hardly opium, more like aspirin, or a nice cup of tea.
Hamas says Egyptian mediation has restored calm along Israel, Gaza border (Haaretz)
from the article: Jerusalem police detain women at Western Wall for wearing tallits