Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Human Rights in France

Freedom Magazine has a separate web site specifically focusing on human rights in France.

France is one of the most influential countries in the EU. And although it is a cultural center with a very rich history, it has not got a good record on human rights or religious tolerance.

Two hundred years ago, in a fierce reaction against centuries of repression and bad administration, where power and wealth was concentrated in the few and the "common man" had no opportunity for advancement, the revolutionary government "secularized" France. Whereas prior to this there was an official state religion and all had to abide by it, and France waged a civil war against those who held different beliefs, their solution was to outlaw belief and faith.

And in that same tradition, today they outlaw any outward manifestation of faith.

Imagine, an orthodox Jewish man may not teach school in France unless he is willing to abandon an essential part of his faith, the wearing of a yarmulke.


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