Discrimination and violation of separation of church and state
in the french national educational system
reading this, one must keep in mind that, aside from the 5 to 8 recognized
traditional religions, all of the others have been considered as cults
by the French Parliament, including many Christian denominations.)
part gives examples and documents showing how beliefs and religious
pratices are attacked within school books and litterature. These often
quote 'anti-cults' leaders in order to denigrate scholars and specialists
who have studied the subject and have an objective reality on it, or
they depict apocalyptic scenes in families, or attack such or such specific
french religious group.
There are no contradictory assertions that would enable students to
form their own judgement. This violates the neutrality that the French
State and National Education are bound to abide as regards to religions
training is given out to teachers through the Academic training of school
teachers, preparing them to " fight the cults " during their work. Ideological
conferences are held in schools and universities. One could also find
a stand against religious minorities at the National Education Fair.
One can see examples of discrimination against teachers who are transfered
- without any possibility of defense - because of their religious membership.
here propaganda materials edited by the Minister of Education to help
" identify cults ". One learns how to distrust even yoga ! A black list
is provided, along with many hackneyed prejudices. Within school libraries,
advices are given not to display specific books due to their " uncertain
" content that could lead to spiritual deviance. The inter-ministerial
mission against cults has also edited a " Guide for the educator against
contemporary sectarianism ".