France and just how strict should secularism be.

France is going through one of its periodic bouts of "secularitis" - that disease of the national soul whose symptom is loud and prolonged agonising over the encroachments of religion.

This time the issue is school meals - and specifically the question of whether town authorities should be obliged to offer Muslim children an alternative to pork, whenever pork appears on the menu.

In some countries, that might seem a no-brainer.

"Why not?" would be a more likely interrogation.

In France, it is not as simple as that. Here, there is a very strong and broadly accepted answer to the question, "Why not?".

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Comment by Laroche Sandrine on October 23, 2015 at 4:00pm

The fact is, when you don't seclude yourself in a community with one way of thinking, your own opinion about what right/wrong/stupid shift by itself with time. When you decide for yourself, you're not stringed to what was imposed to you in childhood. A lot of product have pork or pork derivative in them even if you don't know it (like candies) so at the end, some religious beliefs just can't stand any more.

Comment by Davis Goodman on October 23, 2015 at 5:25pm

I almost never passed an evening in the Middle East without drinking alcohol with a muslim man, guys telling stories of secret girlfriends or prostitutes and sometimes men hitting on me (especially in Syria). It's yet one more example of pick and choose. Stone that woman for adulatory while I sip on my moonshine and smoke during ramadan. Allah is great.

Comment by Laroche Sandrine on October 23, 2015 at 5:33pm

Unfortunately, hypocrisy is a human defect I wish we can banish. World will be better, I think. It's the same think with Christians family saying gay marriage destroy the sanctity of marriage when Daddy got a mistress online...


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