- ...most Israeli pagans reveal their beliefs only to those who share them. They usually keep religious gatherings ... secret.
- "Some guys live with religious families. They can't tell their parents, 'I don't believe in Judaism, I'm a pagan.' They'd chop off their heads."
- "In a country like ours ... being a pagan is not easy ... Worshiping other gods is something very sensitive in Judaism. We all were educated [to think] this is intolerable and illogical."
- "...Judaism has only one god, and if you do not believe in him, you will be driven off with stones."
Monday, March 23, 2009
Pagans in ... Israel?
The headline brazenly proclaims, "Paganism returns to the Holy Land," but the truth is so much more subtle. Of course, one could make the argument that paganism never really left Israel. That, at most, it was driven underground. And that seems to be the way things still are. Consider the following quotes from Ofri Ilani's article: