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[Jun. 20th, 2006|02:35 am]
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A lil background to my question.....
I plan to convert to Judaism once I'm close to an area conducive to that, and for all converts there is an issue with different movements of Judaism not accepting each other's conversions. For those of you not familiar with this, basically the more strict a movement is, the less likely they are to accept a less traditional movement's conversion--or convert. Reform accept all conversions, Conservatives accept Conservative, Orthodox, and Reform provided they meet certain requirements, and Orthodox don't accept anyone other than an Orthodox convert as Jewish. Some people choose to convert Orthodox for this reason, even though no conversion is 100% accepted by everyone. If your conversion isn't accepted by a community, it means they don't consider you Jewish, even though you've done the studying and gone through the rituals to become a Jew elsewhere.

I was just wondering if this kind of situation occurs in other religions as well and to what extent. I was raised in a mainline protestant church and remember other students in our public school proselytizing to the tune of "my Christianity is better than yours" and was curious to see if people in other groups ran into conversion issues as well.

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From: enchantedescape
2006-06-20 11:59 am (UTC)
I usually run into the "You're not Japanese, so you can't be Shinto" line myself. However, I don't get as much of that from Japanese people as one would expect. I tend to get it more from people who aren't Japanese and almost use it as an excuse or Japanese people who have left all their traditions behind.
I wish you the best!
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