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Response to cbayer (Reply #20)

Tue Feb 10, 2015, 07:07 PM

22. LAIICITE

The concept has its roots in the French Revolution, which was a revolt against the Catholic Church as well as the monarchy. The same revolt against the influence of the Catholic Church and religion in general became a political issue in Quebec during our so-called Quiet revolution of the 1960s.

I agree that recent expressions of laiicite in France and Quebec have been primarily aimed against Muslims. The various forms of veiling by observant Muslim women have inspired many politicians and citizens in both places to speak out about this non-traditional (by western standards) dress. On a personal note, I was schooled in Catholic schools where the Sisters all wore 15th century style robes. Not a lot of difference there!

Charlie Hebdo in the past has targeted the Pope, Jesus, the Jews of course, as well as politicians from all parties, but seems to have concentrated most on Muslims. The targeting of Muslims by Charlie Hebdo plays well with the fascist hatred that Marine and Jean LePen often speak when talking about Muslims. The Front National rhetoric about Muslim dress and religion not being in keeping with "the essential nature of the Republic" is often used by both. Code words for "Muslims are not and cannot be really French".

Similarly, Charlie Hebdo had a cartoon depicting pregnant, veiled black women with the headline "touchez pas a nos allocs" which translates as "do not touch our welfare". Gallic humor or Ronald Reagan style racism?

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