Tuesday, December 14, 2004
French Thought Police Ban 'Christian' Chocolate.
France's latest attack on freedom of religion: The thought police have outlawed Christmas chocolates in the government school monopolies.
"It's an unhealthy political affair. Absolutely regrettable," said Andre Delattre, mayor of Coudekerque-Branche, which has shipped traditional chocolates shaped like crosses and St. Nicholas to schools for 11 years.
"What's the point? It's the children who are being penalized for this difference of opinion," he said. "They've been deprived of a festive moment."
Bruno Frappat, editor of the Catholic daily La Croix, wrote: "In 1968, the slogan was, 'It's forbidden to forbid.' In 2004,it 's, 'Forbidding is a must.' And one of the phobias most in vogue is Catho-phobia."
This most recent assault on Christmas is part of "Jackass" Chirac's war on religious symbols, including Christian crucifixes, Muslim head scarves, Sikh turbans and Jewish skullcaps.