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The Tolerance Agenda

7:14 AM, Jun 21, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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President Obama came into office on a promise to end divisiveness and suspicion and other things that blind us to our common humanity.  It was a nice idea which he has since discarded in favor of stigmatizing and demonizing his political enemies and, when that doesn't work, using the powers of the state to intimidate them.

On his trip to Europe, the president accomplished a sort of synthesis of these contrary impulses, stigmatizing his enemies in the name of unity and harmony.  The enemy, in this case, being the Catholic church.  Or, at least, its tradition of establishing schools.  As Charlie Spiering writes in the Washington Examiner, the president told an audience in Northern Ireland:

“If towns remain divided, if Catholics have their schools and buildings, and Protestants have theirs, if we can’t see ourselves in one another, if fear or resentment are allowed to harden, that encourages division.” 

One wonders if the president is willing to push his argument to its logical conclusion and lecture Muslim audiences as to why they should close the madrassas. 

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