The French Episcopal Conference (CEF) he is severely critical and calls for a revision of the government bill aimed at “reinforcing respect for the principles of the republic” and combating Islamist gangrene. This project was approved in the National Assembly on February 15th in first reading. And it must be reread, revised and amended, in the Senate, over the next few weeks.
Faced with the ‘risk’ of final approval, the CEF and its president, Monsignor Éric de Moulins-Beaufort, arzobispo of Reims, lead a movement of criticism, protest and revision of the bill, which they justify in this way: «There is a risk of transforming the 1905 law, which allows the exercise of religious freedom, into a law that multiplies administrative controls and restricts freedoms. As citizens, those responsible for the Christian, Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant churches, we fully understand that the State must fight against those who try to impose their customs on a neighborhood or a part of the population. The State, without a doubt, must combat practices that threaten the dignity of women, against the propagation of messages of hatred and violence. But freedom of worship must also be respected.
As president of the CEF, Monsignor Éric de Moulins-Beaufort has drawn up a kind of manifesto that has also been signed by the president of the French Protestant Federation (FPdF), Pastor François Clavairoly, and Emmanuel Adamakis, president of the Assembly of Bishops Orthodox of France. The document launches against the bill conceived by the government of Emmanuel macroIn this substantive criticism: “The bill runs the risk of being an attack on fundamental freedoms, such as freedom of worship, freedom of association and freedom of education. Even freedom of opinion runs the risk of being the victim of a thought police, establishing itself in civic life.
The Episcopal Conference, the Federation of Protestants and the Assembly of Orthodox Bishops consider these aspects of the bill to be positive: “The State fulfills its duty by fighting violence, protecting citizens. We expressly support legislative provisions that prevent forced marriages, sexual mutilations of young women, inequality in inheritance, discrimination and the spread of hatred … But why complicate the functioning of cultural associations? ».
Monsignor Éric de Moulins-Beaufort, president of the CEF, has not wanted the Jewish or Muslim authorities to sign the manifesto signed by Catholics, Protestants and Orthodox, for this reason: “We have not wanted to form a ‘religious front’ against the government project . Each religion has its own relationships with the state. For us, Catholics, Christians, the essential thing is that the State understands that civic life cannot be reduced to its regulation by the administration or the market. It is essential that the State understand that citizens have their own relationships with a spiritual reference, a reference that transcends and goes beyond politics or the market. That is the ultimate meaning of our criticism against the bill, which it should be modified in essential things.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism