Sunday, June 3, 2007


Here's a link to a fine piece by the BBC's Justin Webb, arguing that European fears of an impending theocracy in the US are greatly misplaced. In meeting with fundamentalist parents, Webb senses that they are "beleaguered" rather than triumphant, if only because the vast tide of American culture has become so secular, even profane. As long as Americans have the freedom to choose how to live, only a minority will opt for the Biblical way of life, and such a minority will have no power to impose that way of life on others.

This is the second essentially pro-US article by Justin Webb I've noticed on the BBC News website over the past few months; previously he offered a three-part series sharply criticizing the reflexive and infantile anti-Americanism that masquerades for enlightened thought in many places around the world. Wouldn't it be nice if the BBC were finally planning to abandon its traditional institutional hostility to all things Yanqui? One can only hope.

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