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Christmas, Hanuka, and Minarets


This morning Radio-Canada mentioned this article in The Atlantic. It claims that Christianity may have caused the financial crash. Once on The Atlantic’s site, I kept browsing and bumped into this hilarious movie:

As a Jew I’m worried not about humor (which I actually like), but about serious stuff like last month’s display of religious intolerance that is the minaret ban, added to the Swiss constitution by popular proposition (and not by referendum as most foreign commentators put it. Proposition and referendum are two different political tools).

Less than a decade since the last anti-religious provisions were taken down we’re already regressing. These events look tragically familiar to me. Substitute Jews for Muslims and rewind a hundred years. Will Europe prevent a repetition of its catastrophic past?

Why can’t we take a more tolerant attitude to each other? We all have our cultural luggage; but above all, we’re all humans. Life is too short to make a fuzz. Take it with humor and make love, not war.

After watching the above video, I can’t get out of my head a slightly modified version of Serge Gainsbourg (he was a Jew too. Conspiracy?) and Jane Birkin’s mytical 1968 song featuring minarets. Somebody could photoshop a minaret for Piazza San Marco’s Campanile in the video?

Happy Holidays!

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