While browsing the internet for a class project, I came across an interesting article on Islam, European democracy and the role of multiculturalism in western societies by French philosopher Pascal Bruckner:
- "[...] two directions lie open to us here. The first, inspired by the Anglo-Saxon tradition, stresses strict differences, basing itself on the respect for religious adherence. Here multicultural Canada is the key reference. The other, more French in inspiration, is based on an equally strict separation of church and state, and the subordination of beliefs to civil law. Even if both models are currently undergoing a crisis, as Timothy Garton Ash rightly notes, it seems to me that in all respects the principle of secularism remains the best compass."
The Europeans took the wrong path and there are lessons in their experience for all of us here in North America. We must not repeat those mistakes. That's a must, if we really want to save our country, traditions and democratic values that are being constantly threatened by the menace of radical Islam at home and abroad.