Among the most amazing developments of the twenty first century has been the growth of orthodoxy within Judaism and the Islamic religion. Both faiths increasingly have returned to the idea of thousands of years ago and both insist that God commands them to do this or that. Both insist that women are not the equal of males and both insist there is need for certain clothing arrangements in our daily lives. Orthodox political groups now dominate Israel politics, which enables them to take over land on the West Bank because “God” wants Jews to spread out over the entire area that used to be known as Palestine. Only rabbis can marry people in Israel, and Jews are not supposed to fall in love with Muslims. Orthodoxy means that religion is a factor in making decisions within Israel or within Muslim lands.
Ironically, Israel was founded by secular Jews who believed that religion should not control the lives of ordinary people. Something has happened to modern humans since so many insist that religion is the dominating issue of their lives. Of course, this attitude is not that of modern young Americans except for so many modern Jewish youth and the crazies who are known as the Tea Party. With God on their side followers can now understand how to live, how to hate, and how to ignore the reality of life. Orthodoxy always means follow the narrow path of thinking.