France steps up efforts to restrict religious freedom

Agnostic French President Francois Hollande recently announced he would strengthen his country’s commitment to a naked public square by establishing a “National Observatory of Secularism.” Under the guise of non-violence, Interior Minister Manuel Valls told reporters that the observatory was created “not to combat opinions by force, but to detect and understand when an [religious] opinion ... More

German designs windows for Reims cathedral

This is a nice gesture on the part of both countries. For the 800th anniversary of the cathedral at Reims, France, six new windows designed by a German artist (I recommend going to that BBC link and watching the video) will be installed as some of the finishing touches of the massive rebuilding and restoration of the medieval structure. Twenty-five French kings were annointed there, one in the pre... More

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