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This Week: Illegal Eggs Over Easy

Becky and Nathan highlight similarities between Saudi religious sensibilities, Ultra-Orthodox Israel, and Mike Pence. David Diskin talks up California Freethought Day. And we ponder what perfumes and beauty accessories atheist starter kit might include.  (Definitely not jade eggs or witch oil).
33.9 September 16, 2018 00:57:00

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BluePrint September 17, 2018 at 12:43 am

In Israel, separation of religion and government is only intended, not official or enforced. So even with anti discrimination laws, the religious body that operates a service can’t be replaced for being implicitly discriminating, can present token compliance with anti discrimination laws, and is given leniency when it comes to inequality for being religious.

Israel is no longer the “secular beacon” in the middle east. That’s a vision that would fade within decades if the trend continues:
Majority of the population is religious or god believing, in recent years the legislation took a religious oriented turn, the supposedly secular education system is being systematically inundated with religious content while the quality of education is lowered to produce more graduates…

Only last week a poll was published (I found it wholly unrepresentative), that claimed misunderstanding and objection to the idea of common descent is growing towards 50% of the population, with the majority being the young.
The data was (possibly intended to be) presented incomplete, but it fits with the fact that evolution is taught only in select schools.


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