12.28.2006

Something to Ponder

Question: If a Muslim father makes one a Muslim (a claim falsely made by Debbie Schlussel to smear Barack Obama) and a Jewish mother makes one a Jew, if a Muslim man marries a Jewish woman and they have a kid, is the child both Muslim and Jewish?

If so, can we fix the whole Middle Eastern situation through intermarriage?

Richard Dawkins would argue against the frame of the question. In his latest book, The God Delusion, he posits that children can't truly hold religious beliefs, so a child is a "child of Jewish parents" rather than a "Jewish child."

UPDATE: As I thought, being a Muslim requires one to submit to Allah. So much for that idea.

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