If Judaism is “Just a Religion,” Why Does an Atheist want to be the “First Jewish Prime Minister of Britain” ?

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The announcement by Ed Miliband, the leader of the UK’s Labour Party that he wishes to be the “first Jewish Prime Minister of Britain”—even though he is a self-declared atheist—has once again highlighted the reality that Judaism is not “just a religion” but has a deep-rooted ethnic, and even racial basis.

Ed Miliband

Miliband’s announcement—made, of course, in Israel while on a recent visit there—said: “Someone asked me if I thought it was a disadvantage, that people would be less likely to vote for me because I’m Jewish, and I said absolutely not. I have said I hope that I’ll be the first Jewish prime minister if we win the election.”

He went in to describe himself as a “Jewish atheist who does not believe in God but believes his heritage is important.” While in Israel, Miliband also visited members of his extended family who live in the Jews-only…

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