Monday, October 24, 2005

The Banality of Welfare
Israel passed a hot lunch law and the Supreme Court said it couldn't go to the hareidi schools which don't meet the governments educational requirements. Reaction against this came strongly from the Left (and Right). The rhetoric was that the Supreme Court had said that children must go hungry if they are religious. Suddenly a law which was not there for all of Israel's history is required to feed the children. Also interesting is that the controversial law in the U.S. is that if the legislature gives money to religious school is it allowed. In Israel the separation of religion is one step less although it is in general probably more left than the U.S. is in this matter more right-wing.

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