French anti-Semitism must share the blame for the murders in Toulouse. – Slate Magazine

by mgopin on March 23, 2012 · 5 comments

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French anti-Semitism must share the blame for the murders in Toulouse. – Slate Magazine.


This is an excellent article. But it is not secularism that is at issue, it is simple intolerance and bigotry hiding behind an Enlightenment veil. I saw that same thing among Ba’athist secular anti-religious ‘enlightened’ elites in Damascus. Now we see the hatred they were covering up. Let’s not insult secularism and the Enlightenment, and the beautiful values espoused by Locke, Kant and so many others all the way to Rawls etc,  and instead indict hate and tribal intolerance, a perennial and universal human quality that we all need to struggle with in our souls every day. We can be victorious when we face things for what they are.

© Marc Gopin
  • David Lobron

    I think Marc is making a critical point here. Just because democracy and reason failed to stop violence and hatred in the 20th century doesn’t make them worthless. I think people have a tendency to reject systems completely when they fail (e.g., people who totally reject the Enlightenment in favor of fundamentalist religion). What if, instead, we try to combine the wisdom from many systems and traditions and let them all have a voice. That mingling of voices seems to me like democracy’s greatest strength, as long as it’s not stifled.

  • Conflict System

    This is a keeper! Good info! mgopin I hope you keep writing more blogs like this one. Well put mgopin.

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