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Wrong Precedent to Establish Democracy

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in response to reader comment: What content does 'confessionalism form of government' convey in real life ? Theocratic pluralism ?

Submitted by BB King (United States), Oct 25, 2011 at 20:47

If inter-religious marriage becomes the foundation on which a democracy is based then we have a problem with your example of Israel as a democracy. Inter-religious marriages are prohibited in Israel i.e., a Jew cannot marry a non-Jew within the borders of Israel. The link is below:

http://www.religiouswatch.com/thread00595_interfaith_marriage_in_israel.htm

Inter-religious couples will have to travel overseas and get married in a foreign country and then return to Israel if they want their marriage recognized by the state of Israel.

In this regard Lebanon is more liberal. A Muslim man can marry a Christian or Jewish woman without the latter having to convert to Islam. Catholic men can marry Muslim women and the children will be baptized and raised as Catholics. The link is below:

http://www.mattarlaw.com/Lawyers-in-Lebanon/Marriage-In-Lebanon/Marriage-Law-Lawyer-in-Lebanon.htm

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