Baby Jesus banned from local council in France
Posted by doctore0 on December 3, 2014
The latest row over secularism in France has erupted after a court in the western city of Nantes ordered a traditional nativity scene to be removed from the Christmas decorations in a local council building.
Nantes’s administrative court ruled on Tuesday that the traditional Christmas scene of Baby Jesus in a manger surrounded by cattle and shepherds does not stand in line with France’s 1905 law on the Separation of the Churches and the State.
The court ruled this week that the traditional nativity scene or crib must be removed from the entrance to the Vendée’s council building in La Roche-sur-Yon, where it has stood each Christmas for years.
“It undermined the neutrality of public service” ruled the court.
“A nativity scene is a religious symbol, representing a specific religion,” said Jean Regourd, President of the Free Thinking Association of France’s Vendée department, the organisation that had complained about the crib.