There is something in this sprawling Mark Steyn essay to fire up just about anyone. I realize that this is off the normal GetReligion path, but there are the hooks of major news stories — many rarely covered — throughout the text.
I think you’ll make it all the way through if you manage to hang on to the roller coaster until the BBC interview and Steyn’s remark: “Hmm. Lady Kennedy was arguing that our tolerance of our own tolerance is making us intolerant of other people’s intolerance, which is intolerable.”
Of course, please note the role that religion plays in this epic, which ran in the Wall Street Journal under the headline “It’s the Demography, Stupid: The real reason the West is in danger of extinction.” It does appear that making more than 2.1 babies in a lifetime is linked, somehow, to traditional religious faith.
Enjoy! Or enjoy hating it.