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God and the E.U.

I have pointed out before how Europeans are often critical of the prominent role religion plays in our daily life here in America. Many on the continent view us as naive and superstitious, and question our commitment to the separation of church and state.

With no apparent sense of irony, however, the people charged with drafting the European constitution are involved in a contentious debate regarding whether explicitly to acknowledge Europe's Christian heritage and nature.

So what's the deal? Did they get religion all of a sudden?

Sorry, I'm more cynical than that. I think it's a crass tactical move to keep out the Turks.