NY Post: “Tocqueville v. Terror”
An interesting article from Bill McGurn in last Friday’s New York Post called Tocqueville v. Terror. Here is an excerpt:
The received wisdom is that France — and Europe — must respond to the threat of radical Islam by rededicating themselves to their highly secularized selves. What no one asks is whether it might in fact be the way the French and the Europeans define a secular state that accounts for some of their weakness.
Well, some have asked.
Not quite a decade ago, Pope Benedict asked at Regensburg, when he warned of the perils of faith uninformed by reason and of reason whose definition of truth was limited to science — and was roundly condemned for his supposed insensitivity to Muslim feelings.
In fact, the questions he raised were as much a challenge to a secular Europe.
Read the entire column here.