By William A. Thomas
The European Union expanded last year with the addition of 10 new nations, and it will continue to expand in the next 10 years with up to 20 new member states, not only in Europe, but in Asia Minor and beyond, perhaps as far as Israel.
The founders of the concept of the common market, namely Robert Schumann, Alcide de Gasperi and Jean Monnet, began with the concept of the union of Christian states within Western Europe with a "common agricultural policy." Now that the common market has evolved into the EEC, the EC and now the EU, will a new name be brought forward to indicate that it has expanded way beyond its original mandate ?
Firstly, it may be said that Europe is no longer a union of Christian states ; Christianity is no longer recognized in fact or in theory. France has decided to remove all crucifixes (as the ultimate sign of love, albeit paradoxically) from its schools. Italy was also in trouble earlier this year with the crucifix following the complaint of a 15-year-old Muslim girl that the .................