bigduke6 wrote:Confuzius, my point is that in Israel, a Jewish state, it is not against the law if you criticize Judaism. As far as I know, it is not against the law in the deep south to call Jesus a fag.
I also know that in Israel, those crazy ultra orthodox Jews will get prosecuted if they stone someone. Not sure when they last stoned someone other than John Cleese?
They usually revert to less lethal measures like spitting, which also results in prosecution.
Youre acting as though that makes either Judaism or xianity more civil or evolved than Judaism.
However, your point proves the exact opositte. it is BECAUSE the US and Israel are not theocracies or ran by clerics. Put the US govt in the hands of the evangelicals or put Israel in the hands of the ultra orthodox and thered be death penalties all around.
The SURROUNDING SOCIETIES which Judaism and Xianity find themselves have progressed more than the SURROUNDING SOCIETIES where Islam is the big fish (ie the middle east). The societies where Judaism and Xianity are more prevelant went through the enlightenment, embrace modernity-things that are AGAINST their religions.
So its not that Judaism and Xianity have actually evolved...its that the people in power in Jewish and Xian countries have....by abandoning Judaism and Xianity!
Once secularism gains a greater foothold in the middle east and the govt isnt run by the religious people, the same thing will happen.