ADVERTISING
 
Monday, January 20   Sign in or Register
 
Evangelical Focus
 
Flecha
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
FOLLOW US ON
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud
 

Newsletter
Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.
 
 

POLL
Society
Should Christians join social protests?



SEE MORE POLLS
 

 
TOP 10 MOST VIEWED



Public square
 

France debates whether to ban religious political parties

Some fear Islamic groups could win seats in regional parliaments. Evangelicals do not plan to create faith-based parties but warn against the attempts to limit religious expressions in the public square.

AUTHOR Evangelical Focus PARIS 23 OCTOBER 2019 14:52 h GMT+1
the French Minsiter of the Interior, Christophe Castaner, speaking at the Senate, October 2019. / Facebook Sénat

The leader of right-wing The Republicans party in the Senate of France, Bruno Retailleu, re-opened this week the debate about the socio-political role of Islam in society.



In an interview in Le Journal du Dimanche, the head of the largest group in the French upper house (The Republicans have 146 of 348 seats) said his party would present a draft law to ban confessional electoral lists. The aim is to stop political projects that include members of only one specific religion.



This new move comes after it was known that the Democratic Union of Muslims (a party created in 2012) planned to take part in the upcoming municipal elections, presenting lists in 50 cities.



This new debate is part of a long conversation about the strength of Islamism in France. According to Retailleu, “the political Islam seeks to build a counter-society with separatist and anti-Republican values”. He added that such religious parties “want to give privileges to a part of society over the rest”.



Meanwhile, the French Prime Minister, Christophe Castaner, said a ban against religious political parties could be anti-constitutional, but added that the authorities would act against candidates that have “a Islamic communitarianism speech”.



 



NO EVANGELICAL POLITICAL PARTIES ON THE HORIZON



Evangelicals Christians are another of the growing faith groups in France. But “there is no will to create non-mixed lists for the next elections (formed only by Christians for example)”, the communications director of the National Council of Evangelicals in France (CNEF) told Evangelical Focus.



Romain Choisnet said that in evangelical churches “there is not a culture of doing things for ourselves, but we want to be actors, alongside others, for the coexistence and the wellbeing of our cities”. In this sense, “we would not be affected by the eventual restrictions”.



 



THE BATTLE AROUND PUBLIC RELIGIOUS EXPRESSIONS



 



The evangelical body CNEF developed the campaign for freedom of speech Libre de le dire.

But the CNEF is worried to see “the development of anti-religion ideas. Some want to restrict the expression of religious practices and pushing the personal faith of citizens to the private space”.



This aggressive secularism is “an attempt against our freedom of religion and freedom of expression, two values reflected in our Constitution and in the Declaration of Human Rights”, says Choisent.



The CNEF “works to make sure that the public expression of our faith continues to be a freedom today and tomorrow in France”. With this aim, the evangelical body has promoted the “Libre de le dire” campaign, which encourages Christians to know their rights and confidently speak in schools, the workplace and public spaces.


 

 


0
COMMENTS

    If you want to comment, or

 



 
 
YOUR ARE AT: - - France debates whether to ban religious political parties
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
 
AUDIOS Audios
 
Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels

An interview with the socio-political representative of the European Evangelical Alliance about how evangelical Christians work at the heart of the European Union.

 
Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation

Are Christians called to make a difference in environmental care? What has creation care to do with "loving our neighbours"? An interview with the Global Advocacy and Influencing Director of Tearfund.

 
Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church

An interview with Lars Dahle, of the Steering Committee of the Lausanne Movement Global Consultation on Nominal Christianity held in Rome.

 
Testimony: Wildfires near Athens Testimony: Wildfires near Athens

Nico Spies, a Christian worker in Athens, gives details about the wildfires in Greece.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
Photos: Students at ‘Revive Europe’ Photos: Students at ‘Revive Europe’

Photos of the student conference that brought together 3,000 European Christians in Germany. ‘Revive our hearts, revive our universities, revive Europe’.

 
Min19: Childhood, family and the church Min19: Childhood, family and the church

The first evangelical congress on childhood and family was held in Madrid. Pictures of the event, November 1-2.

 
IFES World Assembly: ‘Messengers of Hope’ IFES World Assembly: ‘Messengers of Hope’

Students, graduates and staff of the global evangelical student movement reflected together on how the books of Luke and Acts apply to today's universities.

 
Christians at work - the missing link in fulfilling the Great Commission Christians at work - the missing link in fulfilling the Great Commission

Photos of the Lausanne Movement Global Workplace Forum, celebrated in Manila.

 
VIDEO Video
 
Christian candidacies in Taiwan increased by 40% in 2020 election Christian candidacies in Taiwan increased by 40% in 2020 election

Many hope their effort will inspire a new generation of political representatives with a strong Christian faith. “God has a long-term plan”.

 
Why does the Roman Catholic Church mandate that priests remain celibate? Why does the Roman Catholic Church mandate that priests remain celibate?

“There is no biblical reason for the imposition of celibacy as the status of pastors or priests”, says Vatican expert and evangelical theologian Leonardo De Chirico.

 
Video: Highlights of ‘Revive Europe’ Video: Highlights of ‘Revive Europe’

A video summary of the student conference that gathered 3,000 in Karlsruhe, Germany. 6 days in 6 minutes.

 
Families forced to leave homes in Chiapas Families forced to leave homes in Chiapas

Requests for government intervention were ignored, and nearby churches are providing the displaced believers with emergency supplies and lodging.

 
‘There’s a dragon in my nativity’ ‘There’s a dragon in my nativity’

“At this nativity, arose another player. The baby wrapped in swaddling cloths — He was a dragon slayer”. A Christmas story by Speak Life.

 
World Evangelical Alliance General Assembly highlights World Evangelical Alliance General Assembly highlights

The World Evangelical Alliance's General Assembly 2019 in Jakarta, Indonesia, brought together 800 evangelicals from 92 countries to pray, worship and cast vision for the new decade of holistic discipleship.

 
 
Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube
 
 
WE RECOMMEND
 
PARTNERS
 

 
AEE
EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.
 

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.