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My intuition, for what it's worth, is that for a given population to be receptive to the equality argument, it must be at least one generation removed from religious hegemony. When scripture, and its earthly interpreters, are an effective guide to daily behaviour and morals, there is no argument. Literally. (This is, of course, a European perspective, I'm not sure how applicable it is in an American context, given the hegemony of religious observance).

Demographically, immigrants to western European countries are likely to be more religiously observant than their host populations.

In France, the anti-equality movement was spearheaded by the vestigial religious right, but included large numbers of French muslims. It is a sad fact that the resurgence of Muslim religious sentiment and practice in France brings a wave of reactionary attitudes on "social" issues. This is, of course, not something inherent to Islam, but inherent in prescriptive religious practice.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Tue May 26th, 2015 at 08:35:31 AM EST
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