Ethics & Public Policy Center

Europe's Two Culture Wars

Published in Commentary on May 4, 2006



There are two interrelated culture wars that beset Western Europe today. The first of these wars is a sharper form of the red state/blue state divide in America: a war between the postmodern forces of moral relativism and the defenders of traditional moral conviction. The second is the struggle to define the nature of civil society, the meaning of tolerance and pluralism, and the limits of multiculturalism in an aging Europe whose below-replacement-level fertility rates have opened the door to rapidly growing and assertive Muslim populations.

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