This is one of those things I consider objectively harmless. A dispute broke out over an eruv in my hometown and in the town where I attend university, and it's a stupid thing to get upset over.
My town has always been a very diverse and tolerant community, with immigrant families from all over the world, and people from different cultural backgrounds living together. There's a large Jewish population in this county, approximately 25%, and that includes every denomination from Orthodox, the most conservative, to Reform, the most liberal. This cultural diversity is the reason why door-to-door Christian evangelists have to accept, "No thanks," for an answer and not press the matter when they show up, because there's a very good chance they'll run into a non-Christian family.
To hear some of the reasons people had for opposing the eruv made me sick. From the article:
'I don't want them in my town. I don't want to see them when I walk outside. I don't want to breathe the same air they breathe.'
Seriously? We're talking about nearly invisible plastic clips on existing telephone poles. The only way to notice them is if you actively go out looking for them, and most people don't even know or care about them. For the past 14 years I've been researching and debating issues of religious extremism and abuse, and this does not qualify. The Orthodox Jews are not knocking on doors attempting to force their beliefs down the throats of others, because Judaism doesn't evangelize. They're not trying to change secular laws based on their beliefs to impose their morality on society. The only time their religious activities are even noticeable in public is on Saturdays when they're walking home from temple because they don't drive on the Sabbath, and every citizen has a right to go for a walk on public sidewalks and roads.
Does it affect the way I live my life day to day? Does it harm anybody? Does it deprive anyone of their rights? Hell no.
If you want to talk about stupid religious laws that were written into secular law and imposed on the public, I say get rid of the asinine Blue Laws. If you want to stop religious institutions from forcing their backwards and dangerous beliefs on society, then contact your elected representatives and tell them to stop the Republicans from slashing funding to Planned Parenthood. If you want to prevent religiously motivated bigotry from violating the human rights of others, then stand up against Trump's Muslim Ban and kick out any asshole politicians who support it.