Sunday, September 23, 2012

My Suggestion For Marie Le Pen

French far right leader Marine Le Pen has confirmed her call to outlaw Jewish skullcaps and Muslim veils in all public places on Saturday, a day after her statement regarding a ban on all religious symbols triggered widespread controversy in the country.
When asked, on Friday, if a ban would include the Jewish yarmulke, the leader of the far-right National Front (FN) party said: "Obviously if we ban the veil, we would ban the kippa in public places."
However, Mrs Le Pen has put her suggestion into proportion:

Regarding her call for a ban on Jewish skullcaps, the far-right leader said that she was "asking our Jewish compatriots to make this small effort, this little sacrifice probably” for the sake of equality. “I’m sure a big part of them are ready to make that little sacrifice,” she said. 
To be perfectly honest, it must be pointed out that Mrs Le Pen was not going far enough. Those Veils and Skullcaps, are only the tip of the iceberg of religious symbols we should remove from the French public sphere. In the bible we find that the first clothes were created by God:

כא  וַיַּעַשׂ יְהוָה אֱלֹהִים לְאָדָם וּלְאִשְׁתּוֹ, כָּתְנוֹת עוֹר--וַיַּלְבִּשֵׁם.  {פ}21 And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins, and clothed them. {P}

The bible is also filled with other commandments about what we can and can not wear. As such, all clothes at some level must be considered religious symbols. Luckily, the french are not known for their modesty (Modesty may also be considered a religious symbol), and I'm sure that the French will not be overly stressed about the removal of all clothes from the religious sphere.  

There is however one major drawback to this suggestion. Ridding all people in France of clothes will bring another prominent religious symbol - at least on Jewish and some Muslim MALES into display... 

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