Why must we erase our Chris­tian past?

The Week Middle East - - News -

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.

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