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December 04, 2003

Culture wars in Europe

The debate over whether God and Christianity should be mentioned in the preamble to the European Union's Constitution is causing controversy. What I find interesting is that those who support the inclusion seem to be mostly Catholic-while the French and the Protestant nations seem to be set against it. An Italian asserts: "If you go from one end of the continent to the other, what is it that says you are in Europe?...The presence of the church." Which church does he exactly mean? I think some of the tension has to do with Europeans who oppose the merest hint of a One True Church (the French + the Protestants) and others who can not imagine their identity without Catholicism (Poles, Irish, etc.).

Posted by razib at 10:35 PM