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French Town Commanded to Take Down Virgin Mary Statue Under National Religious Symbol Ban

A French town has been told it must take down its statue of the Virgin Mary to comply with a national ban on religious symbols in public spaces, the town's mayor said on Saturday.

A court has given the town of Publier, in eastern France, three months to remove the work.

If it fails to do so, it will be fined €100 (£80; $105) a day.

Mayor Gaston Lacroix said he will try to relocate the marble statue on private land

The image of the mother of Jesus has been standing on the shores of Lake Geneva since 2011.

It has been the subject of local controversy for some years after it was paid for with municipal funds.

The decision to remove the statue has been criticised on social media, with some wondering whether freedom of expression had been curbed.



  • Farmer_Sean_DEP_Farmer_Sean_DEP_ Member, Moderator
    A nation-wide ban on idols will likely do little to stop idolatry, which will simply take place behind closed doors by irritated and resentful idolators.

    I'm curious - what about all of the cathedrals and lavish churches across France?  Those are idolatrous as well.  Do they draw the line when tourist revenue is sufficiently high?
  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    Are Europeans so naive as to not have realized that the real reason they're going after 'muslims' all the time is simply so that they can use them as a vehicle to impose greater control over the wider population? Don't they see the relationship between headscarf / burka bans and the bans of *all* religious symbolism? Don't they see the relationship between fake-attacks blamed on a certain demographic of people and the thousands of French soldiers that now patrol French streets in perpetuity?
    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
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