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‘Nativity war’: Baby Jesus to be allowed in French town halls, despite secularists’ complaints

11 Nov

Incredibly good and unreal news – secularists have lost to Christians in the ‘Nativity War’ in France!

Baby Jesus, as well as Mary, Joseph, and the three wise men will be allowed in French public places this Christmas, but on several conditions, a court ruled. Secularists have long argued that it is against a 1905 law on separation of church and state.

A French administrative court (Conseil d’Etat) gave the green light to installations devoted to Baby Jesus in public buildings such as town halls at Christmas. The installations are permitted only if they serve “cultural, artistic or festive” purposes, and show no preference for a religion, according to the court’s statement on Wednesday.

“Nativity scenes have a variety of meanings: they have a religious meaning but are also a decorative element during the end of the year holidays,” the court said.

Vive la France!

People pass by a Christ's nativity scene displayed in a street of Luceram, southeastern France, on December 21, 2015. © Jean Christophe Magnenet / AFP

People pass by a Christ’s nativity scene displayed in a street of Luceram, southeastern France, on December 21, 2015. © Jean Christophe Magnenet / AFP

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Posted by on November 11, 2016 in culture, good news, law, religion, The Kulturkampf

 

6 responses to “‘Nativity war’: Baby Jesus to be allowed in French town halls, despite secularists’ complaints

  1. Carnivore

    November 11, 2016 at 6:12 am

    Well, OK, yeah good news, but “show no preference for a religion”? How idiotic. How nice of them to virtue signal. France is a Christian nation. It should definitely show a preference for only such displays.

     
    • Will S.

      November 11, 2016 at 6:18 am

      Yeah, they felt they had to throw a bone to the laïcité fundies, I guess.

      Agreed.

       
    • feeriker

      November 12, 2016 at 10:51 am

      You took the words right off of my fingertips. I wanted to say “only the French …,” but in all honesty, that’s the sort of moronic nonsense that could just as easily be issued by any court here in the Lower 48 (or heck, anywhere in the Commonwealth or Western Europe, for that matter).

      But yeah, I’ll take any small victory any way I can get it.

      France is a Christian nation.

      Sorry, but gotta quibble with you here. There is no such thing as a Christian nation, only individual Christian people. Even if we stretch the definition of the word “Christian” to its breaking point, I doubt we could honestly say that ANY nation in the world today is “Christian,” or even anything remotely close to it. Most assuredly France wouldn’t fit into that category. At best, you could say that France is “a country that still celebrates its Roman Catholic heritage, even if only to a limited extent.” Or, if you prefer, “pays lip service to the common [mis]conception of Christianity.”

       

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