Today is Bastille Day, a day to remember that the French revolution, though done in the name of “Liberté, égalité, and fraternité, was really an exercise in mob rule and atheism. And we don’t have to look far: France rejects religious liberty for Muslims. “Religious liberty” for France means in the privacy of your own home you can do your religious thing if you must–just don’t let us see it.
And the theme that ties together Paris and Jerusalem is this theme of democracies denying religious liberty. In Israel, a woman was arrested for holding the Torah at the Western Wall. She didn’t go to the men’s section. She didn’t even read it (God forbid!)–she just held it.