December 4, 2014
Despite the stereotypes of liberated French society, they have done better than most countries in the West of Europe in holding on to their traditions.
They fought faggot marriage harder than anyone, really. Definitely harder than “conservative” America.
But no one can hold out forever.
The latest row over secularism in France has erupted after a court in the western city of Nantes ordered a traditional nativity scene to be removed from the Christmas decorations in a local council building.
Nantes’s administrative court ruled on Tuesday that the traditional Christmas scene of Baby Jesus in a manger surrounded by cattle and shepherds does not stand in line with France’s 1905 law on the Separation of the Churches and the State.
The court ruled this week that the traditional nativity scene or crib must be removed from the entrance to the Vendée’s council building in La Roche-sur-Yon, where it has stood each Christmas for years.
“It undermined the neutrality of public service” ruled the court.
“A nativity scene is a religious symbol, representing a specific religion,” said Jean Regourd, President of the Free Thinking Association of France’s Vendée department, the organisation that had complained about the crib.
“In theory it doesn’t respect the law of neutrality of public buildings nor of the State, and it doesn’t respect the freedom of conscience of a citizen who sees a religious emblem imposed on them when going into Vendée’s departmental council,” he said.
Regourd had already brought the matter to Nantes’s administrative court in 2012 after he visited the building in question in December 2010 and sent several letters to them which fell on deaf ears.
The row comes at the same as an activist group called Collectif Anonym wrecked a nativity scene in the centre of Brussels, spurring a debate in both Belgium and France over whether this Christmas tradition should be outlawed.
The story was widely covered by the French press on Wednesday and prompted news websites like Direct Matin to poll readers on whether they thought traditional nativity scenes should be banned.
“Respecting secularism doesn’t mean abandoning all our traditions and cultural heritage,” argued Bruno Retailleau, President of the General Council of Vendée, adding that they would appeal the court’s decision.
“Should we also ban the Christmas stars hanging on our streets right now, under the pretext that a religious symbol will tarnish public space?”
Retailleau’s predecessor Philippe de Villiers went as far as calling the verdict “sinful”.
“The Free Thinking Association isn’t free thinking, they want to get rid of all our cultural heritage,” de Villiers argued.
“France is an ancient Christian land and the nativity scene is part of its roots regardless of beliefs and sensitivity. Why not ban bells?
“I reject this totalitarian secularism, it’s a form of modern terror with incalculable consequences.”
The article doesn’t mention it, but pandering to Islam was certainly a huge part of the decision to remove it. Though the concept of pandering to Islam, somewhat counter-intuitively, is in itself a push from “secular” society – because they are really just Jews and self-hating Whites who use any excuse necessary to destroy our traditions, they aren’t specifically attached to anti-theism in any way.
Real anti-theists would surely respect the fact that people have a right to believe as they wish, and they wouldn’t be supporting Muslims.
Anyway – anymore I just look at stuff like banning Jesus as fuel for the revolution. There is only so much people will take.