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    Find the article confusing, as he says, sounds as though the title is misleading and may not fit your intent.

    "I was 18 years old when a democratic revolution came to my country. Before we could not read the books or listen to the music we wanted," he says, speaking in his 13th-floor office in the Berlaymont building in Brussels. "I am radical on these matters. If there is an excess of freedom, it is better to have excess than less." Europe has been deeply divided over controversies surrounding Islam.

    Violent protests on the continent, in the Middle East and in Asia followed the publication in a Danish newspaper of cartoons caricaturing the Prophet Mohammed and the Pope faced calls to apologise after a speech on theology and the origins of Islam sparked international controversy.

    But Mr Barroso backs the right to offend.

    "We have to show respect for all communities but the fundamental right of freedom of expression is for me more important than other collective rights," he says.

    Growing up in the Portugal of the 1960s, Mr Barroso remembers being compelled to wear quasi-military uniforms. "I hate uniforms," he says.

    His own personal experience of authoritarianism has made him wary both of those who are seeking to ban the wearing of the Islamic veil and Muslims who require girls to cover up. "I think the UK has the right approach. The veil should not be banned just as girls should not be forced to wear it."
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    I agree there are mixed messages in the article, but the point I was trying to make is that a lot of Americans (mostly on the right) think that Europeans are hopelessly lost to the world of secular socialism. While I agree that the "Old" Europe (the Western side) has largely been over-run by the new "religion" of agnosticism/atheism, and a concurrent love for all things humanistic, the core of traditional Christian values is still there.

    But I don't think the author was specifically looking at the same issue I am. Not directly, but more indirectly.




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