Religious Liberty in Peril, in France and Elsewhere

Soldiers patrol near the Saint Gery church in Cambrai, France, as the country has raised the security alert for its territory to the highest level after the knife attack in Nice, November 1, 2020. (Pascal Rossignol/Reuters)
The problem is not Macron or the French, but radical Islam.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T errorism once seemed to serve a purpose, albeit an awful one. Osama bin Laden was evil but rational: The most effective way to attack a military superpower for its interventionist policies is to strike civilians.

However, the latest assaults in France, shooting a priest and knifing three people in a church, are as close to pointless as one can imagine. The acts do not even pretend to defend Islam, and they convince no one of the faith. At least there was a hint of purpose — entirely evil, of course — in the beheading of a teacher last month, as an

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Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. A former special assistant to President Ronald Reagan, he is author of Foreign Follies: America’s New Global Empire and Beyond Good Intentions: A Biblical View of Politics.

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