Hints of a conversion at the Standard? A new neocon embrace of strict church-state separation and France as a warning instead of a threat? Not quite. Caldwell falls back on the hackneyed “clash of civilizations” thesis, but as always at the Standard, distinguished for excellent writing in the service of tired agendas, it’s a glorious fall.
Caldwell is right — America can learn from France’s veiled anti-Islam. And religion writers can learn from Caldwell’s bare-naked rhetorical cosmopolitanism.