Friday, December 21, 2007

Une République Une, Indivisible ... et Laïque?

Did we need this? It's not enough to have to deal with the problems of the 21st century? Do we have to refight the church-state battles of the 19th and 20th? As an American pluralist at heart, I've come to despair of ever persuading my French republican friends that, really, the citizen needn't come naked to the public square; democracy can tolerate differences; the salad bowl rather than the melting pot is the contemporary ideal. Indeed, as a good card-carrying pluralist, I accept their militant laïcité as an expression of their droit à la différence. But inwardly I think it would be better if it were otherwise ... until, that is, somebody like Sarkozy goes and pours gasoline on the fire by giving the speech he gave yesterday at Saint John Lateran. It's not that there's anything really terrible about the content of the speech, which was little more than a rather aggressive statement of the persistence of different attitudes on this issue. But did he have to make this point from a Catholic pulpit in Rome? Did he have to emphasize France's "Christian roots?" (One almost expected him to wax lyrical about France's position as "the eldest daughter of the Church.") Did he have to accuse secularists of "fanaticism?"

Are there really that many votes to be had in appeals to les talas (ceux qui vonT-A-LA-messe)? Sarko gave the Pope a copy of his book, which Ron Tiersky reviewed in this space a while ago. At Saint John Sarko repeated a thought he expressed in the book, that the well-spring of religion is hope. But hope is also the well-spring of politics, which looks for a better life here and now rather than in the hereafter, and as Sarko in the throes of spiritual transport may have forgotten, the deferred hope proffered by religion has often been used to encourage passivity and resignation here below. He would do better to render unto Caesar what is Caesar's and leave otherworldly hope to the professionals. Indeed, France's latter-day Caesar has a surer hand when it comes to dispensing bread and circuses to the masses in the form of photo spreads in Match and Closer of his excursion to Disneyland in the company of a decidedly uncloistered Italian.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Are there really that many votes to be had in appeals to les talas

Pissing off the well meaning moderate, laic left is, in his experience, free, fun, and profitable. So I think it's just reingorcement learning at work.

I think we are paying the Chirac years now : everything the jerk does is, for the media, endlessly bold, new and fresh, and all he does is wrecking the country.

He was elected by making the cops his cheerleaders, and on a resurfacing of the most digusting communautarism. Now comes religion, and why not?

The consequences don't vote enough. Hey arabs, blacks, muslims, you thought it was liberté, egalité, fraternité? Well suck on this, bitches : here it's catholic land, and the white man rules.

Fuck fuck fuck, fuckityfuck.

... By which I mean "this mild mennered, moderate, living-in-central-Paris-with-a-decent-job guy feels itches in the region of the pavé upon hearing this".

Anonymous said...

Are there really that many votes to be had in appeals to les talas

Pissing off the well meaning moderate, laic left is, in his experience, free, fun, and profitable. So I think it's just reingorcement learning at work.

I think we are paying the Chirac years now : everything the jerk does is, for the media, endlessly bold, new and fresh, and all he does is wrecking the country.

He was elected by making the cops his cheerleaders, and on a resurfacing of the most digusting communautarism. Now comes religion, and why not?

The consequences don't vote enough. Hey arabs, blacks, muslims, you thought it was liberté, egalité, fraternité? Well suck on this, bitches : here it's catholic land, and the white man rules.

Fuck fuck fuck, fuckityfuck.

... By which I mean "this mild mennered, moderate, living-in-central-Paris-with-a-decent-job guy feels itches in the region of the pavé upon hearing this".

Anonymous said...

Are there really that many votes to be had in appeals to les talas

Pissing off the well meaning moderate, laic left is, in his experience, free, fun, and profitable. So I think it's just reingorcement learning at work.

I think we are paying the Chirac years now : everything the jerk does is, for the media, endlessly bold, new and fresh, and all he does is wrecking the country.

He was elected by making the cops his cheerleaders, and on a resurfacing of the most digusting communautarism. Now comes religion, and why not?

The consequences don't vote enough. Hey arabs, blacks, muslims, you thought it was liberté, egalité, fraternité? Well suck on this, bitches : here it's catholic land, and the white man rules.

Fuck fuck fuck, fuckityfuck.

... By which I mean "this mild mannered, moderate, living-in-central-Paris-with-a-decent-job guy feels itches in the region of the pavé upon hearing this".

Anonymous said...

... aaaand now the triple post. God I'm pissed.

gregory brown said...

I think the "racines chretiennes de l'europe" has been a theme that, during and since the campaign, has been both central to his public discourse and almost entirely ignored in the American press' discussion of Sarkozy.

I share your reaction and encourage you to pursue this further since some of the same who are been among the most avid promoters of Sarkozy as representing the "new France" with a new orientation towards the world, especially towards the US and towards the middle east, have lauded Sarkozy in part because he promised to reject the supposed "nouvelle judeophobie" that was supposedly a result of "left-wing intellectuals" (and more specifically the PS) tilting towards "anti-semitism" by not reacting strongly enough against the "islamic menace" to the French tradition of laicite.

Anonymous said...

^^ nice blog!! ^@^

徵信, 徵信網, 徵信社, 徵信社, 徵信社, 徵信社, 感情挽回, 婚姻挽回, 挽回婚姻, 挽回感情, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信, 捉姦, 徵信公司, 通姦, 通姦罪, 抓姦, 抓猴, 捉猴, 捉姦, 監聽, 調查跟蹤, 反跟蹤, 外遇問題, 徵信, 捉姦, 女人徵信, 女子徵信, 外遇問題, 女子徵信, 徵信社, 外遇, 徵信公司, 徵信網, 外遇蒐證, 抓姦, 抓猴, 捉猴, 調查跟蹤, 反跟蹤, 感情挽回, 挽回感情, 婚姻挽回, 挽回婚姻, 外遇沖開, 抓姦, 女子徵信, 外遇蒐證, 外遇, 通姦, 通姦罪, 贍養費, 徵信, 徵信社, 抓姦, 徵信, 徵信公司, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信公司, 徵信社, 徵信公司, 女人徵信, 外遇

徵信, 徵信網, 徵信社, 徵信網, 外遇, 徵信, 徵信社, 抓姦, 徵信, 女人徵信, 徵信社, 女人徵信社, 外遇, 抓姦, 徵信公司, 徵信社, 徵信社, 徵信社, 徵信社, 徵信社, 女人徵信社, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 女子徵信社, 女子徵信社, 女子徵信社, 女子徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信,

徵信, 徵信社,徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 外遇, 抓姦, 離婚, 外遇,離婚,

徵信社,外遇, 離婚, 外遇, 抓姦, 徵信, 外遇, 徵信,外遇, 抓姦, 征信, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信,徵信社, 徵信社, 徵信, 外遇, 抓姦, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信, 徵信社, 徵信社, 徵信社, 徵信社,徵信,徵信,