Friday, 15 June 2012

Plus ça change (plus c'est la même chose)

"In the 19th century, Catholicism was regarded by many people in this country as thoroughly incompatible with Americanism. They saw it as a hostile foreign element that would subvert democracy. Today, a majority of the justices on the Supreme Court are Catholic, and they are taken to be as American as Mountain Dew.
We've come a long way in religious tolerance. Or maybe not. The belief that Catholics are irredeemably alien and disloyal has given way to the fear that Muslims pose a mortal threat to our way of life."
Steve Chapman on the bogus threat of Islamic law in the US: Chicago Tribune, 10 June 2012

This is equally so in respect of the UK - Catholics and non-conformists were the "enemy within" for centuries (until the 20th century); in the 20th century it was Jews...  people of non-Christian faiths ... those of Irish origins... "ethnic minorities"...  and now, in the 21st century, specifically Muslims. Whose next?

Plus ça change (plus c'est la même chose) - translation: 
 the more things change, the more they stay the same. 

Do we never learn the lessons of 


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