Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Guaino Aims High

Henri Guaino wants to "elevate and enlarge" the identity debate, and apparently his gaze is elevated indeed, fixing on bell towers and minarets. When asked if Sarkozy's advice to Muslims that they practice their religion with discretion applied to Catholics as well, he replied, "Of course." When asked whether that meant that Catholics should no longer ring church bells, he replied that that was "not a religious problem but a problem of civilization, a problem of society, a problem of tradition."

He also said that to define French identity as « la liberté, l'égalité, la fraternité et la laïcité, c'est un peu court ». Indeed. One would have to add l'hypocrisie to the list.

6 comments:

satchmo said...

To state the obvious yet another way, the great debate has predictably descended into one of the worst imaginable ideas the Sarko regime has come up with. Bravo Eric!

Ça ne fait pas l'honneur de la république!

satchmo said...

Also, since I don't know where else to write it, may I add a year-end comment to say thanks Arthur for a great blog. This is a favorite for me and I enjoy it greatly.

Best for the new year.

Arthur Goldhammer said...

Many thanks, Satchmo, and Happy New Year to you as well.

Anonymous said...

Usually I just read (and lurk) but let me surface and second satchmo

FrédéricLN said...

Usually I short-comment without any thank, let me correct this at once and "plussoyer" marisacat and satchmo. This is just the very best blog on French politics, all French blogs being included in the comparison set.

Arthur Goldhammer said...

Un grand merci à tous, et bonne année.