Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Forces for Freedom and Decency

In writing a review of this book, Michael Barone makes this important point:

The militant atheists of our time like to dwell on the religious persecutions and wars of the 16th and 17th centuries, and the fashionable multiculturalists of our time appear to believe that all non-western cultures are morally superior to our own. Burleigh's book is an impassioned and scholarly reminder that Christianity (and Judaism) have been forces for freedom and decency over the last hundred years, and that the Islamist fundamentalism of recent years is a force for the opposite.

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