From Philip Jenkins in God's Continent:
In the drafting of the European Constitution, though many wished to included at least a passing nod to the Christian heritage of Europe, others strenuously resisted such an acknowledgement. Instead, its preamble declared:
DRAWING INSPIRATION from the cultural, religious and humanist inheritance of Europe, from which have developed the universal values of the inviolable and inalienable rights of the humanperson, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law . . .
In the words of Valery Giscard d'Estaing, former French president: Europeans live in a purely secular political system where religion does not play an important role.
According to Rocco Buttiglione, the European Union is succumbing to a soft totalitarianism founded upon a state religion that is an atheistic, nihilistic religion - but a religion that is obligatory for all.
Finally, former Irish Prime Minister John Bruton describes the current ethos as a form of secular intolerance in Europe that is every bit as strong as religious intolerance was in the past.
MY SUMMARY: This continent needs the God it is trying to hard to ignore.
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