Yet, it is not so much about the Inquisition that the autodafe those warriors of “tolerance,” “human rights,” or whichever ideology are writing makes me think. I am more tempted to relate this to Mao’s Cultural Revolution in the sixties and seventies. “Destroy the old, forge the new” was the motto of those who engaged in the campaign. Classical literature, temples, all products of millenia of Chinese cultural development, were destroyed because they did not fit in the new ideology that the leadership sought to impose to modernize the country. With the consequences that we know.

It is not because the contemporary campaign to remove even the greatest literary treasures of faith and culture does not involve violence that it is legitimate and just. It still denies people the most precious treasure they hold: their culture and collective memory. Violence lies in this denial. If such is the contemporary European dream of tolerance and live-together, then we should resist it and fight for it never to happen.