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French Laïcité - Secularism - In School and State

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Thursday, 13 Apr 2023, 16:24

Here is my contribution on Laïcité (secularism) in school and state. I have included a link below of an interesting newspaper article from "the conversation" an independant publication found on the internet.

 Laïcité in France is a system which has resonated well throughout the years. Up until now there has been very few problems, and is well accepted by both french citizens and those who came to live in France from other countries. 

In France there has been three flows of immigration, there are people from many different faiths, culures and nationalities, that why it is so important that all religions, and ethnicities are seen as equal and not one should dominate more than another. This is why all religious symbols and clothing are banned in public places. People can still worship at home,  temples, churches, synagogues,  and mosques but not in public spaces. All religions are equal, all cultures and races are equal. This is paramount to keep a balance of peace in the country beteen citizens in France.

The idea of separating church and state first came into being in the 1800s and then was written into law in 1905, the idea was to have a peaceful coexistence of all religions under a neutral state, prior to this law, the religion of the country was majority Roman Catholicism.

 Instead of a government answering to a powerful religious clergy who dictated the morality and the laws,  the system of Laïcité was established and is still relevant today. The identity of the french culture enshrined by the law should be 'la regle d'or' of intergration or assimilation. I see Laïcité as a positive rather than a negative.


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