Tuesday, February 27, 2007

The infidel Europeans love to hate

The infidel Europeans love to hate. - By Anne Applebaum - Slate Magazine: "Curiously, what seems to rankle Europeans most is the enthusiasm with which Hirsi Ali has adopted their own secularism, and the fervor with which she has embraced their own Western values. Though this is a continent whose intellectuals routinely disparage the pope as an irrelevant dinosaur, Hirsi Ali's rejection of religion in favor of reason, intellect, and emancipation seems to make everyone nervous. Typical is the British feminist who complained that not only does Hirsi Ali paint 'the whole of the Islamic world with one black brush,' she also 'paints the whole of the western world with rosy tints,' which is of course far more objectionable. "