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French schools ban Christian film

France’s "one-sided secularism" has shown its ugly face. The country - a supposed "secular Republic" because it separates religion and state - tacitly allows Muslim street prayers while confining Christianity strictly to the home and places of worship.

Published: December 28, 2017, 9:59 am

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    When Islam is involved however, France’s secular principles are up for debate it seems. According to the European Post, a Christmas movie in the French city of Langon was banned, because it was “too Christian”, or “not secular enough”.

    The film was dismissed by teachers as “not secular enough” and banned from screening at schools in Langon in the department of Gironde on 13 December this year.

    Some 83 students of a French school started to watch the movie “The Star”, a computer animated adventure comedy based on the story of Jesus, produced by Columbia Pictures.

    But when the teachers discovered that the subject of the movie was the nativity of Jesus Christ, they immediately cancelled it because it was “not secular enough”. All students were sent back to class without watching the end of the animated film.

    French officials complained that the nativity scene from the film The Christmas Star was “too Christian” to show to children.

    “This one was judged not enough secular by the teachers,” reported le Républicain. “They [the teachers] had not realized, before organizing the release, that the animated film was about the birth of a certain Jesus.”

    “They realized ‘there was a problem of the theme’ being projected and stopped the film, before deciding to send the children back to their school, near Langon.”

    In contrast, French officials have tried to charge former French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen with”inciting hatred” – considered a crime in France – for speaking out against Muslim street prayers.

    “It is an occupation of part of the territory [of France], suburbs where religious law is applied [by migrants],” she said in 2010 in speaking out against Islamic street prayers. “Sure, there are no armored vehicles, no soldiers, but it is an occupation nonetheless and it weighs on residents.”

    France’s history is steeped in Christianity, yet officials today have no problem vilifying it to advance one-sided “secularism”.

    Local Muslims leaders announced last month it was taking local politicians to court after they had tried to stop street prayers. Remi Muzeau, the conservative mayor of Clichy, a multiethnic suburb of Paris, had intervened before by closing a local radical mosque in March and transforming it into a library.

    The country meanwhile also faces a tourism collapse. “The recent wave of terrorist attacks is why so many tourists are shunning Paris, but the terror threat does not explain everything,” said tourism official Valerie Pecresse.

    “Tourists spend less time in Paris than they do in London. They spend less here. This is because the quality of the services on offer has massively deteriorated.”

    France’s highest administrative court ordered the removal of a cross from a Pope John Paul II statue in Ploërmel near Brittany  in November.

    The same court ordered the removal of a Nativity scene in the municipal hall of the town of Béziers in the same month.

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