.- In an article published by the Italian daily Avvenire, French philosopher and historian Remi Brague holds that the Koran and other Islam writings provide ample justification for terrorists in carrying out their attacks. âI hope that Europeans realize that the sources of Islamâalthough the majority of Muslims are not aware of it--unfortunately contain everything that is necessary to justify these attacks,â he explained.
In his article he called on Europeans not to be content with simply distinguishing between the majority of peaceful Muslim immigrants and Islamists. While this may be valid, he said, âit is not sufficient.â
âThe original Islam is absolutely incompatible with the European project. Islam needs to be reformed from within,â he stated.
He noted that Europe âalready has an identityâ that must be reaffirmed. The exclusion of Christianity from the European Constitution is a source of great concern, Brague said.
âThey should have called a spade a spade and included a reference to Judaism and Christianity. They want to eliminate Christianity as if it did not exist. And this scares me, because ideologies typically rewrite the past. Remember George Orwellâs â1984â,â he warned.
Braque also emphasized that Europe is much more than just âan economic engine.â Culture also figures predominantly in European history, he noted, but the teaching of that history needs to be fostered. âEconomy is no less noble than culture,â Braque stated, as long as âthe production of goods is done in an equal way.â
The French philosopher and historian also suggested that the family and the rule of law, among other things, not be referred to as values but as âgoods.â This âchanges everything,â he argued, because goods âshine with their own light and enlighten us.â âInstead of taking values as a burdensome âsuper egoâ, let us rejoice in the goods, let us be nourished by them and let us assimilate them. Instead of having something to die for, letâs have something to live for,â Braque said.
He called the rejection of a referendum on assisted procreation in Italy a âgood sign,â but he also said âdefense of the environment should not be confused with respect for the human person, nor should human life be confused with plant or animal life.â
Lastly, while he said it was unfortunately possible to create a unified Europe devoid of any spiritual dimension, he wondered, âWould it still be Europe?â