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Statue of John Paul II must be removed, French court rules

May 04, 2015

A French court has ordered the removal of a statue of St. John Paul II from a town square, saying that the display violated the separated of Church and state.

The court in Rennes said that the statue, erected in the town of Ploermel in Brittainy, had a clearly religious character, and therefore violated the secularity of the public square. The court said that the statue must be removed within the next six months.

The court’s decision came in a suit brought by the National Federation for Free Thought, which has campaigned successfully against the display of Christmas crèches in public places.


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  • Posted by: rjbennett1294 - Nov. 02, 2017 6:43 PM ET USA

    Of course the future rulers of Europe, members of The Great Religion of Peace, won't like statues like that. They won't like statues of any kind, in fact, so it's better for such things to be removed now.