The Age of Enlightenment was a cultural movement in an era that occurred in 17th and 18th century Europe. Its purpose was to reform society using "reason" to challenge old ideas, and to advance knowledge through science. It promoted skepticism and intellectual interchange, while opposing superstition and intolerance. The ideas of the enlightenment had a long-term major impact on the culture, politics and governments of the Western world.
Now here we are today, battling ignorance, superstition and intolerance all over again --- and it's all being promoted by the mainstream media, a slew of wacky politicians (you know who they are) --- and a few Hollywood crackpots (some with crack pipes).