Labor Party leader Merav Michaeli is about as secular a politician as you’ll find in Israel. And on Sunday her disdain for the Word of God was on full display during a session of the Knesset Law Committee.
For Israelis like Michaeli, the Bible is little more than a collection of national fairytales, similar to the verbal and written folklore that many nations and peoples pass on from generation to generation.
During the committee debate, Michaeli was explaining in her words how democracy is different than other outdated forms of government.
“One of the things that characterizes a democracy is that everyone is equal under the laws of the state,” she said. “What differentiates a democracy from an authoritarian regime like what existed in the Middle Ages or in your Bible is that the law obligates everyone, from the top to the bottom.”
Her derogatory use of the phrase “your Bible” was directed at religious coalition members, who opposition lawmakers like Michaeli see as “messianic” because they want to govern the modern State of Israel according to biblical precepts, with an eye toward a “messianic age.”
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