June 12th, 2003

breaking bad

Do they mean us?

I think there is an increasing sense of mutual alienation between European and American culture. I suspect this will reverse in a few years, but at the moment it's gaining speed. A lot of it centres on the fact that we see the US as 'too religious' and they see us as 'not religious enough'.

Here are three different deductions which US commentators have drawn from this.

Not being Christian enough means that Europeans will die out.

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Not being Christian enough means that Europeans are lazy and good for nothing.

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Not being Christian enough means that Europeans are too sqeamish about killing people.

That last one is a corker. Antonin Scalia is a High Court Judge - he's not some nutter in Montana.

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