The Enlightenment has been the founding philosophy of America.
It has given us concepts like the separation of church and state, established a number of the freedoms which we take for granted in the West like freedom of speech, democracy etc.
It also allowed the formerly ghettoised Jews of Europe to finally become more incorporated into their own societies.
But, it has been a mixed blessing.
Christians have long been critical of the Enlightenment's corrosive effect on belief in God and on the retreat of the Christian faith to the private sphere, for instance.
Now, i think, we are (finally)seeing the corrosive effects of the Enlightenment in the political sphere. And, this cartoon on the left says it all.
It's time for something better.