Religion should be religion and state should be state. What religious law decides on identity of people should be one thing: when you go to rabbi, it should matter. But for a democratic state, to decide about the personal identity should be the right of the citizen himself. E.g. if the atheist and patrilineal descent states "I identify myself as Jewish", his/her statement should be accepted directly by the state and not via the religious body. The religious body in turn should retain right to identify a person in all the religious issues. This is the practice in all (or most) democratic states in the world.
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from the article: Zionism must reject ultra-Orthodox view on conversion