European Union and Christ

The European Union has reached final constitutional language about Christ, which is not to mention Him. Avoiding mention even of "Christianity," the constitution relegates religion to comparability with culture and humanism. Pope John Paul had campaigned to give Christianity special mention in the Constitution, but "multiculturalism" carried the day. Post-modernism has gained such power that it ignores the historical fact that Christianity was central to the creation of the very society that now refuses to acknowledge it.


Rather than referring to Christianity by name, the constitution refers to the "cultural, religious and humanist inheritance of Europe, from which have developed the universal values of the inviolable and inalienable rights of the human person, democracy, equality, freedom and the rule of law."


While avoiding aligning itself with any specific religion, the constitution retains the essentialism with the term "universal." Since human rights are not respected worldwide, in what sense could they be "universal"? Only in an essentialist sense, in which these values are "really" universal even though they would be local by any materialist measurement.


July 2004