NYTimes: email from Israel
Mon, 1 Oct 2001 20:56:06 -0700
> The US is a democracy that is based on it's
> own "religion" which could easily be defined
> as a mix of christianity and consumerism.
> It's the democracy that's important.
Yes, there is little difference between the TV set Today and the church
of 100 years ago. And for the few that the TV doesn't completely
engulf, the cult of science is the other side of US "religion".
Though the state isn't founded on religion, the people here have
religious tendencies just like every culture. "When you believe in
things that you don't understand" is the problem whether what is
believed comes from the TV set, oblivious national tradition (such as
the cold war fanatacism that has led us to this point), or a religious
The US has had and still has its share of fanatics too, despite our
marvelous separation of church and state: all countries need to reign in
their fanatics, whether the fanatics consider their profound convictions
"religious" or not.