The debate on Macron and Islam is not about terrorism and how to respond to it. It’s about the nature of liberalism and how to think about the Enlightenment. In one view liberalism and the Enlightenment are about a modus vivendi between different ways of life and philosophies
In the other conception liberalism and the Enlightenment are a specific way of life, a specific philosophy which in order to survive must defeat every possible alternative. You can think about it also in terms of the first Rawls and the second
That is why Macron - subscribing to the view of liberalism as a specific way of life - was bound to conclude “Islam is a religion which everywhere in crisis.” Whereas those like myself with a different view of liberalism prefer to leave those questions to experts: Muslim clerics
In both conceptions the state has no tolerance for terrorism and violence. So once again this is not about terrorism: those who bring it up in this discussion are not to be taken seriously.
Every time I quote Macron as saying that “Islam is a religion which is everywhere in crisis” I receive angry replies saying he never said that. Please save yourself the effort and google the video before typing

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