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Debate on secularism
The classification "atypical" by Jehovah's Witnesses UMP
By Benjamin Sportouch published on 08/04/2011 at 21:0 |
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The president Miviludes Georges Fenech, warned against certain practices of Jehovah's Witnesses akin to "sectarian".
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During its debate on secularism, the UMP has ranked the religious movement in the "atypical". The head of the fight against cults is more circumspect.
In the document circulated earlier this week to the press by the UMP with 26 proposals the party for secularism , it is painted a religious scene of today's France. And among the "atypical religious movements" are cited as one example of Jehovah's Witnesses. Classification of the most unusual ...
Jehovah's Witnesses, who have always defended as a sect, were contained in a blacklist established in 1995 by a parliamentary commission working on cults
Georges Fenech, former UMP deputy and chairman of the Interministerial Mission of Vigilance and Combat against Sectarian Abuses (Miviludes) declined to comment specifically on the choice of the presidential party in its brochure.
But questioned by LEXPRESS.fr, he said that Jehovah's Witnesses are the subject of "vigilance" of special Miviludes because some of its practices are similar to "sectarian" could cause a disturbance to public order and public health, such as refusal of blood transfusions or ostracizing children an education based on the imminence of the Apocalypse they are the only survivors.
Moreover, a "judicial committee" should be systematically seized by the "faithful" before any complaint in court, resulting in "occultation of matters that can be severe," especially for "acts of pedophilia. Miviludes receives "regular reports" against them, "says Fenech.
For all these reasons, the Federation of Christian Jehovah's Witnesses in France does not enjoy cult status in 1905 allowing tax relief on gifts and bequests. Fenech says she is still liable for 50 million euros to the state. Jehovah's Witnesses who count some 144 000 "proclaimers" - appealed, still pending before the European Court of Human Rights.
Mr. Fenech has received in January Guy Canonici, head of the Federation of Jehovah's Witnesses. "He read a letter in the form of an indictment against Miviludes and more broadly against France, draconian state according to him, refusing to leave before any dialogue," said the former MP.