Friday, June 27, 2008

The Piss Christ Culture meets the 7th Century

Monday afternoon in room 322 at the Saint Vincent de Paul clinic in Bourgoin-Jallieu at 17h 30 a shout echoed in the room where a girl was being hospitalized. Before the medical staff did their care on the girl (whose father is a Muslim) who underwent scheduled surgery that morning demanded the removal of the crucifix hung on the wall.

"For nearly a quarter of an hour the father in the presence of his wife was irately demanding that the crucifix be removed," said a witness. While the nurse uses diplomacy to appease them, the crucifix was finally removed from the wall, in the interest of providing calm for the child.
"When people choose to be cared for in our establishment, they do so knowingly. They know they are in a Catholic clinic. It’s not hidden. It’s inscribed at the entrance of the institution.


"Each room is equipped with a crucifix. Small in size and not ostentatious, but very simple."
But in the primitive land of class warfare, don’t you dare try that with the Hand of Fatima, of the mass expression of “calling for tolerance” will be overwhelm your senses.
We are occasionally faced with this type of situation in each of our institutions," explained Sister Marie-Mathieu, president of the board of directors. The [ethics] committee meets several times a year brings together religious leaders, civic figures, philosophers, lawyers, but also representatives of the medical corps of each establishment.
At the latest meeting something that happened several months earlier was brought to its attention. In an institution in Aix-en-Provence, a father broke a crucifix and then threw in the trash. That action was not tolerated.

"Why did you choose our school, while the family was apparently allergic to religious symbols?" the staff asked while denouncing a drift of a society less and less respectful of one's faith. "We welcome very regularly Muslim women, veiled, and everything goes normally," noted the director.
Regretting the incident, Sister Marie-Mathieu believes it goes against the foundations of the institution: mutual respect. "The clinic welcomes and respects each one with his religious beliefs. Our desire is the desire of universal communion."
It seem the “universal” part of anything is what these crucifix-ated fathers have a problem with.

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