Retired Dutch politican Frits Bolkestein offered one of the oddest bits of cultural analysis I’ve ever read in the Wall Street Journal last Saturday. Bolkestein rightly notes that embracing radical multiculturalism has rendered Europe incapable of handling radical Islam. But he then suggests this mindset is the result of guilt which comes from, get this, Europe’s Christian past.
Let’s put aside for a second that Christianity is so far in Europe’s past that it has little to no influence today. The truly bizarre idea here is that moral and cultural relativism is somehow the result of Christianity’s emphasis on moral absolutes.
Still, the strangest part may be Bolkstein’s suggestion that Europe return to its classical values – you know, the “Enlightened” ones that birthed genocide and imperialism. A better idea would be to return to the moral guidance of Christianity -- at least that ended the slave trade and birthed science.