For me, the issue is not philosophic or academic. It is a deep seated part of me. Jewish history is replete with forced conversions. On two of the most sacred holidays of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, the "Unesaneh Tokef" prayer is recited. It was composed over 1,000 years ago when the Archbishop of Mainz ordered that Rabbi Amnon, one of his friends and advisers, have his limbs amputated one by one after refusing to convert.