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France’s Le Pen: ban religious symbols in public

October 19, 2016

Citing the need to combat Islamist extremism, the leader of France’s third-largest political party said that France’s ban on religious symbols and garb in schools should be extended to all public places.

“I know that every French person, including Jews, can understand that if we ask for this sacrifice from them [in the framework] of the battle against the advance of Islamic extremism, they will make this effort and understand it,” said the National Front’s Marine Le Pen.

 
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  • Posted by: bernie4871 - Oct. 19, 2016 2:53 PM ET USA

    Scarcely believable. Nearly 2000 years of Christian religious symbols permeate the whole atmosphere of France, whether they can any longer recognize them or not. Frenchmen! Wake up! A country formerly filled with philosophers, theologians and Catholics! Have you now lost your brains?

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Oct. 19, 2016 10:20 AM ET USA

    Isn't it past time to reject the moral equivalence? This is one of the problems with political tolerance. It is based on human will, not the eternal law. Imagine a world where all governments were religious. You would then have a choice about where to live. Only the financially wealthy have this choice today (e.g., to live in Malta or Andorra). Would the basis for war then be religious? If so, then how would that differ from violence in India, Africa, the Middle East, and worldwide terror?