Sightings Articles


France | Islam of France | right-wing | secularism

Islamo-Leftism and Hope, Faith, and Charity in Modern France

Those demanding adherence to secularism would do well to remember the Christian theological virtues...

April 8, 2021
laicite protest

France | Islam | Islam of France | secularism | colonialism

The Problem with Freedom from Religion

Laïcité must reckon with the continuing impact of French colonial history ...

March 8, 2021
HW Bush

Islam | France | Communism | right-wing


The Cold War origins of anti-Islamic rhetoric...

March 1, 2021

France | Medieval Christianity | Notre Dame

Mourning (and Not Mourning) Notre Dame

Last Monday, millions around the world mourned as, in real time on the news and over social media, we witnessed the fire that consumed the roof of Notre Dame and threatened the cathedral’s total destruction. And yet, some did not share in this...

April 25, 2019

burkini | France | Muslims | secularism | women

A Crisis of Faith in Laïcité

A few weeks ago in late August, a woman was napping on a crowded beach in Nice when a group of police officers approached and ordered her to remove her shirt. In a striking sequence of photos, a photographer for AFP captured the scene (see Gillman, e...

September 15, 2016