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    Why were we (as in Americans) taught that Judaism was "just a religion"?

    The title says it all, really. Why aren't we told more accurately that it's a ethnoreligion than "just a religion"? I don't understand. Maybe to protect them from racism? I think.

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    Recently someone identified themselves as Jewish as an ethnicity. Someone remarked they were "50% Catholic and 50% Protestant" as a reply. Funny, but I think it highlights how badly educated we are which has lead some to confusion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saraman View Post
    Recently someone identified themselves as Jewish as an ethnicity. Someone remarked they were "50% Catholic and 50% Protestant" as a reply. Funny, but I think it highlights how badly educated we are which has lead some to confusion.

    there is confusion in all religions

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    Oh for goodness sakes. You'd have to have been living in a box not to know that it's not just a religion, at least if you've been involved in the amateur population genetics community. Otherwise why would Jews who are atheists, and there are a lot of them, identify as Jews. Nobody was lying to anyone.

    It's like Sikhs aren't just a religion, or the Amish. You think all religions are like Islam and Christianity, i.e. proselytizing religions. They're not. You have to be born into a lot of them.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela View Post
    Otherwise why would Jews who are atheists, and there are a lot of them, identify as Jews. Nobody was lying to anyone.
    Not so much, they're very secular and they intermarry a lot. But some 73% still consider themselves to be part of the religion, even if they're liberal in their faith.

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