Israel: Praying itself into obscurity

31 Jan

A very interesting thing is going on in Israel: They are experiencing a demographic shift in favor of the more fundamentalist version of Judaism. That’s right, the more extreme followers of Judaism are having more children and are now the fastest growing faction in Israel. Not only that, but they are making their power felt. Just recently the Israeli minster of transportation moved to allow sex-segregated buses to run is Israel in order to cater to the growing fundamentalist population and their anti-women stance.

If birth rates continue as they are now, these fundamentalists will quickly gain even more power of the small country. Right now Israel’s main export is its technology sector. You can’t export “Torah study,” it’s worthless. Without it’s tech sector, the Israeli economy will drastically shrink. Keep an eye on Israel if you want to watch a country pray itself into obscurity. Or, if you want something a little more action packed, grab your remote and turn to Pakistan where you can be sentenced to death for throwing away the business card of someone named Muhammad.

2 Responses to “Israel: Praying itself into obscurity”

  1. Mike January 31, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    Hi I read your blog from time to time and while I do not always agree with your viewpoint I find you an interesting blogger, and this blog a good read.

    I wanted to add a little to this as an Israeli myself. Yes the religious do wield a lot of power and are of a growing concern to Israeli’s particularly its moderate and liberal bases. These radical religious still are a minority however compared to modernized Israelis and I’ve read that there is a high turnover of religious rejecting their background and integrating into modern Israeli society. The religious are of a concern for a number of reasons. Most recently the political climate in Israel has swung more toward the conservative as the public has become disillusioned with the more moderate Kadima party as well as the Labor party for a number of reasons but most pressingly the Palestine situation. Additionally, just as the Evangelical Christians are better mobilized than more independently-minded and modern Americans, and thus wield more power in a sense (power in numbers), the religious in Israel are much the same and leverage the democratic system for their own purposes. Although this group is of concern for many modern Israeli’s, I doubt Israel is descending into religious radicalism like many of their mid eastern neighbors. Religious groups (especially in democracies) always try to look stronger than they really are and Israels political climate has been historically mercurial, meaning that while Likkud and many conservative elements may wield power today, that has a good chance of changing in the future considering Israels national issues and their publics propensity toward trying new political solutions.

  2. godlesspaladin January 31, 2011 at 11:10 pm #

    Hey Mike, wow, why don’t you comment more often, that’s really great! I really hope you’re right. Is the turnover rate really high enough to mitigate a lot of their effect? And what do you think about Pakistan? It seems like they’re having a much greater problem, though it’s a bit like apples to oranges as the political system in Pakistan is complicated to say the least.

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