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Politics : World Affairs Discussion

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To: lorne who wrote (3299)1/15/2004 4:09:13 AM
From: GUSTAVE JAEGER  Read Replies (3) of 3959
 
Re: Like I have been saying it's all about religion.

From YOUR point of view, it is, indeed, all about religion... Keep in mind, however, that, over here in "Ol'Europe", we've swung over to a post-Christian worldview. So we are "very concerned" about the American's freakish twist of mind --not about our Muslim immigrants. Our churches are empty, the worthiest ones are basically used as touristic venues for Japanese and Americans.... And we're nonplussed by the American religiosity: the Jimmy Swaggarts sweating and crying before a crowd of thousands of Jesus freaks... amidst chants and prayers "my Lord!... Jesus! I'm a sinner!!" This is just a pathetic spectacle to us... G.W. Bush starts all his White House meetings with a prayer?!? Ridiculous....

From our viewpoint here in Europe, you Yanks are just a bunch of Jesus freaks who're ready to torch the whole planet for the sake of that "Mr Jesus" of yours.... That's basically why you're currently messing around in Iraq --you're on a "holy mission" to keep Jerusalem in Judeo-Protestant custody... As that nutcase Boykin put it, Muslims are just a bunch of idol worshippers who have no right whatsoever over the holy city. We used to call that a CRUSADE. Now, what's driving you mad is that we, Europeans, no longer play that silly Jesus game --you crazy bigots are on your own.... fighting the Muslims. Oh, sure, we do have a few Jesus freaks left, we do have a coupla pocket warmongers: Spain's Aznar and Italy's Berlusconi. But public opinion in both Spain and Italy is much closer to France's and Germany's than to the US's, anyway. Public opinion in Spain and Italy opposed the US crusade in Iraq.

Now, that doesn't mean we don't have any problem with Arab/Muslim immigrants. As I said, Europe has difficulties co-opting ethnic minorities... Europe leans towards the Brazilian segregative model ("racismo cordial" and all that...) not the US co-optative model. That means that the challenge for Europe is mainly socio-economic, not religious. The religious spin stems from the fact that Europe's Arab outcasts use Islam as a survival kit of sorts. Fifty years ago, the jobless and the immigrants used to resort to Marxism to rationalize their predicament... Today, North African youths rely on their religious heritage instead.

Gus
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