Shocking affirmation of medieval Catholicism

Stanley Kurtz discussing Islam’s presumed long slog to embracing a democratic society:

Catholicism’s centuries-long war against kin-based social structures helped create the conditions for Luther’s individualist Protestantism.

What’s that?

From the 4th century through the Middle Ages, the Catholic Church fought to protect personal choice in marriage, while prohibiting marriage between cousins and other relatives. This policy undercut social forms based on kinship and collective identity, laying the basis of democratic individualism in the West. [italics added]

How often have we heard of the church’s cutting through customs that undercut individualism, that is, human dignity, during the Middle Ages, for God’s sake?!

Point is, we see nothing like this concern for the individual in fundamentalist Islam, which rules the Middle Eastern weltanschauung.

Hence, the long-slog, not-in-our-lifetime-realized democratization of Muslim Brotherhood, Kurtz argues, vs. Reuel Marc Gerecht, whose books he discusses The Islamic Paradox: Shiite Clerics, Sunni Fundamentalists, and the Coming of Arab Democracyir?t=claremontreview-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0844771791and The Wave: Man, God, and the Ballot Box in the Middle Eastin Claremont Review of Books for summer, 2013.

A save-the-cars proposal

Sun-Times’ David Roeder about capping the Kennedy:

City planners have for years seen as sensible the idea of building a landscaped cap over the Kennedy, shielding the cars from neighbors and creating a park. [italics added]

Whoa. As if the neighbors were lobbing grenades at rush hour. He wants shielding the neighbors, I’d say.

Incidentally, he says it’s his last column before joining state gummint’s (“Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration in his”) Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

What’s that? He’s leaving a business with so much growth possibility? He must be very patriotic fellow.