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31.3.12

The Wall Street Journal has an article blaming Catholics for Islamic addiction to murder.

The Wall Street Journal has an article blaming Catholics for Islamic addiction to murder.
(Voltaire and Toulouse, Then and Now)
Here is a comment (not mine):
Here is an extraordinary exercise in cynicism. Using the killings in Toulouse as a pretext, the author manages to write (another) expletive against Catholicism, under the guise of a condemnation of an abstract sentiment: “religious fanaticism”. Being a professor of history, the author certainly does not ignore that the complexities of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, as well as the subsequent emergence of the Enlightenment rationalism, do not even remotely fit into his suggested and preposterous caricature of a dualist fight between “reason” and “religious fanaticism”. One does not expect a treatise, or an essay, from an opinion column, but the format is no excuse for such gross historical misrepresentation.

However, this is not the worse: the author manages to dedicate eleven paragraphs to a judicial absurdity that occurred in 1762, while only mentioning the murderer of French soldiers and a Jewish family in the last two paragraphs, but only after invoking Voltaire’s writings –malgré lui même– to engage in (another) exculpatory exercise of Islamism. A distracted reader could be excused for thinking that Mr Merah’s murderous ideology of Islamism was an offspring of Catholicism.

In a word: deplorable.