Joseph H.H. Weiler
A Reply To Simone Pajno
I thank Simone Pajno his thoughtful reactions to my piece. I do not want to respond directly but to offer one lexical clarification. I think I made a mistake using the metaphor of the "naked wall" or the "empty wall" -- which has a very clear meaning in American culture, but creates confusion in Europe. In the laique conception of neutrality the "Wall" is not naked at all. What is displayed on the "Wall" is determined by the democratic politics of the polity.