Now for something really radical: Hasidic thought teaches that G-d is not really omnipotent, at least not in the Western meaning of the word. It even teaches that there was a problem that occurred during the process of creation. That is, in some ways, the starting point for the concept of tikkun olam, repairing the world (you may have heard the term "klipot", shells, bandied about by dabbling Kabbalists). I say this by way of demonstrating that we are a very long way apart in terms of our basic assumptions about theology and how the world works.
You do it articulately and you spell better than me.
My faith is a matter of my own making.
But God is not. Mad Magazine once described Jesus as a nice Jewish boy who went into his father's business. That's not a bad way of looking at it.
I say this by way of demonstrating that we are a very long way apart in terms of our basic assumptions about theology and how the world works.
Of course we are. But, and this is important, our values are almost exactly the same. If the Jews were to take over entirely and impose Judaic law and Jewish values on this country and I suspect I could still live her quite happily although I guess that would depend on how much of a prohibition there would be for me to witness. I suspect there wouldn't be.
Now if the Druids took over and I was subject to their law (Druidaic law?) I would not feel that way. Which may be why I might be seem a tad intolerant to the new age, postmodern types.
Regardless, law should be applied equally no matter what one's religion is.