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Joseph Weiler Criticizes "Jacobin Attitude" in Draft of Constitution

ROME, SEPT. 16, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Joseph Weiler, a practicing Jew and constitutional lawyer of international renown, thinks it is absurd that a future Constitution of the European Union would not mention Christianity...

Weiler considers the absence of references to Christianity in the future Constitution an absurdity..."If the German, Irish and Polish Constitutions mention God and the Christian roots, why does the text elaborated by the Convention reflect the French secular model?" Weiler asked.

"Secular is not the synonym of neutral," he said. "The European Constitution, although it preaches cultural pluralism, in reality applies a constitutional imperialism, censuring the opening to religious references present in many state Constitutions"... the lack of mention of European Christian roots is not a "demonstration of neutrality," but, rather, "a Jacobin attitude"...

"Tolerance is not where you hide, but where you overcome the temptation of coercion," he added. "This is why an Orthodox Jew can ask Europe not to be afraid of its past and of its own Christian identity. He can invite Europe to value both -- since a Europe which today, because of a badly understood laicism, cancels its own religious roots from the Constitution, tomorrow might be an enemy of the Jewish or Muslim minorities, in the name of that same secular tolerance."

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