Why must we erase our Christian past?
The secularist drive to rid France of any hint of its Christian past is becoming “insane”, says GillesWilliam Goldnadel. A court has just ruled that a cross atop a statue of Pope John Paul II in the town of Ploërmel in Brittany – sculpted by Russian artist Zurab Tsereteli – must be removed. Apparently it contravened the 1905 ban on religious symbols in public, even though it was plainly just “a symbolic ornament on a work of art”. Or consider the case of the Greek yoghurt pots that Lidl recently put on sale: they were decorated with pictures of Greek villages, but the Orthodox cross on the churches had been photoshopped out by the supermarket chain “to avoid offending anyone”. For the same reason, the Paris transport system refused to let a charity run posters inviting donations for Christians being persecuted in other parts of the world. What sticks in the craw is that the authorities are so strict about Christianity, our native religion, yet they positively encourage public religious activity by foreigners – it’s considered fine for Paris’s mayor to stage an event at the taxpayers’ expense to celebrate other religions. The ban on religious symbols should mean more than giving offence to Christians.