The Corner

Secular ideologues

Jonah, JPod, the American left are a bit slow fully embracing this but in the European Union the secular religion is more or less the established church – the church as state, so to speak. I’ve had conversations with three senior EU officials in recent years in which the words “post-Christian Europe” were used approvingly. These men hold that a religious faith is incompatible with progressive society, which is why the Europols resisted a reference in the mooted EU constitution even to the Continent’s Christian past. A former Swedish deputy prime minister dismissed the proposal as “a joke” and a French Socialist called it “absurd”. Over here, the left is wary of such open contempt, at least publicly. In private, they can sound very European…

Mark Steyn — Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.

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