Monday, March 5, 2012

Now They're After the Kosher Meat Too!

The CRIF is shocked! François Fillon seems to want to include kosher as well as hallal meat in the UMP's latest assault on what it believes to be "the primary preoccupation of the French" (dixit le président): the fear that a piece of meat sanctified by someone else's religious dietary laws might pass the lips of "des Français innocents," to borrow Raymond Barre's expression of regret for French Catholics slain by accident in a terrorist attack aimed at French Jews:
En pleine polémique sur la viande halal, François Fillon a déclaré lundi matin que "les religions devaient réfléchir au maintien de traditions qui n'ont plus grand chose à voir avec l'état aujourd'hui de la science, l'état de la technologie, les problèmes de santé".
The French Right seems to be taking its cues straight from the American Right's culture wars playbook. But this is really getting out of hand. If the strategy is to attract Le Pen voters, the UMP had better watch out: any more dérapages of this sort and anyone hesitating between Sarkozy and Le Pen will have no reason to avoid Le Pen, whose efforts to disassociate her party from its anti-Semitic demons are visibly more successful than the efforts of the formerly "respectable" Right to woo back her voters.

6 comments:

Kirk said...

"The French Right seems to be taking its cues straight from the American Right's culture wars playbook."

Well, yes and no. No one on the American right - or left for that matter - would say that these are ancient traditions with no scientific value. Frankly, I'm glad he said it.

Personally, I had always thought that animals were slaughtered humanely; I know they are where I live, but that's a semi-rural area. I am surprised to think that they are slaughtered in this manner.

This said, he's throwing fuel on the fire, and it's generally not his way of doing things.

Massilian said...

As an atheist, I for once have to agree with Fillon "les religions devaient réfléchir au maintien de traditions qui n'ont plus grand chose à voir avec l'état aujourd'hui de la science, l'état de la technologie, les problèmes de santé".
Refléchir, among other things, about the emancipation of women.
The right has a very nasty way of using and twisting the values of laïcité, but I do believe laïcité is a cornerstone of the french concepts of république and democracy. And it is indeed challenged by growing communautarism. As an old soixante-huitard, I don't remember such a religious challenge until fairly recently which means there never was an adequate political answer, neither from left or right.

Anonymous said...

Yesterday, Mélenchon made a joke along the lines of "you don't catch islam by eating meat" and thoroughly debuked the notion halal/Kosher meats were a real problem. I don't support him but I admit he was very good.

Let us note that the grand Recteur de la Mosquée de Paris stated he wasn't opposed to a "more humane" way of killing animals; and that Rachida Dati pounced on Fillon, thus framing Fillon's statement in a "future election contest" way.

In "Mon oeil", this Saturday, there was a couple of farmers who had worked very hard from age 14 until very old; they did not have enough to buy meat (farmers' pension is 400 euros or so). They used to "kill a pig" and grow their vegetables to supplement their diet but now, past age 80, they can't.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HofNqEobwcc

The conclusion is also awful in its own right, with farmers who had invited Sarkozy and having their concerns at earning barely enough to survive casually dismissed with a "well, *I* don't own land".

Still can't understand how Sarkozy came to think "halal" is the #1 problem for French people. I mean, people do worry about where their meat comes from and many do not want to eat "religious food" so the worry is there. But is that going to take over everything else? Can it?
http://owni.fr/2012/03/06/sarkozy-le-pen-halal/

Anonymous said...

I don't think this is similar to a "culture war" playbook.
The issue does raise important cultural points such as relation to raw and cooked, relation to animals as food, religious practices, sanitary practices, industrial distribution...
At best the division will be between French people who care and those who don't, but I can't imagine that many would see that as THE major problem.
Just for fun:
http://www.variae.com/tendance-le-halal-priorite-des-francais-lopif-conforte-sarkozy/

Anonymous said...

http://leplus.nouvelobs.com/contribution/356611-sarkozy-le-halal-et-la-droitisation-de-la-campagne-la-strategie-du-pire.html

FrédéricLN said...

h"les religions devraient réfléchir" is from start a stupid sentence, insofar it suggests a religion is a kind of brain, or of deliberating Chamber.

Sure, believers, religious leaders, clerks, do have brains. But then?