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Nosemonkey's response is good:

The EU is - in its idealised form - supposed to STRENGTHEN the ties that bind us, to emphasise and build upon the areas of similarity amongst a culturally-diverse continent which has seen more than its fair share of mistrust, division and war over the centuries.

All religion has ever done - and in Europe's history more than that of pretty much anywhere else in the world - is enhanced the "us versus them" idea, heightening perception of differences, and created hostility through the insurmountable believers versus non-believers dichotomy.

We already have enough alienated and annoyed non-believers in the EU - they're called Eurosceptics - let's not add to their number, eh?

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Aug 29th, 2006 at 07:50:54 AM EST
Yes, this hits the nail on the head. One of the biggest problems with this idea is that it assumes a homogenous version of "God" and the "wisdom" of religion that is simply not visible in the reality based universe.

The different versions of Christianity may pretend to a mutual tolerance, but ideaolgically many have serious issues with each other. It the very idea of having different belief systems, it cos they don't agree about what god means or how to worship it.

Factor in all the other superstitions running around Europe and you realise immediately that;-
a) It is a deeply stupid idea
b) Despite that, the proposer cynically sees a personal advantage in promoting it.

question is, what does merkel gain from being such a merkin ?

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Aug 29th, 2006 at 08:58:17 AM EST
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