The Corner

Coming to Europe

The author Bruce Bawer thought he had had it with America’s religiosity. He and his male partner set out in 1998 for Europe which, they figured, had transcended “culture war platitudes” and “the foolishness of fundamentalism.” What they found, he reports in a new book, While Europe Slept, was a continent turning steadily to fundamentalist Islam:

Europe was falling prey to an even more alarming fundamentalism whose leaders made their Protestant counterparts look like amateurs…Western Europeans had yet to even acknowledge that they had a Religious Right. How could they ignore it? Certainly as a gay man, I couldn’t close my eyes to this grim reality. Pat Robertson just wanted to deny me marriage; the imams wanted to drop a wall on me. I wasn’t fond of the hypocritical conservative-Christian line about hating the sin and loving the sinner, but it was preferable to the forthright fundamentalist Muslim view that homosexuals merited death.

There’s much more. Andrew Bostom has an interesting review at FrontPage Magazine.

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