Couldn't happen? The above paragraphs are only very slightly adapted from this article on the 18th Century Jewish Enlightenment or "Haskalah".
But surely the Wahhabite version of Islam currently tearing up the Middle East is too ferocious to ever permit liberalisation?
So was Judaism at one point. Have a look at the Bible, for example the Book of Numbers, Chapter 25. Here's a snippet:
"6 And, behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought unto his brethren a Midianitish woman in the sight of Moses, and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, who were weeping before the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
"7 And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose up from among the congregation, and took a javelin in his hand;
"8 And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly."
That (and other things) brought me up short when I was trying to read my way through the Bible as a child.
Things will change, over time, once the worst have been dealt with. One hopes. In any case, the headbangers do not represent the majority, even now.
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