Court orders town to remove statue of Mary, Mother of God – Gript

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A French town which wishes to retain a statue of the Virgin Mary has been ordered to remove it by a French Court after a complaint by a secular campaigning organisation.

The Mayor of the town has described the decision as “ridiculous” and the town Council is considering appealing the decision further.

The statue was first erected in the small town of La Flotte-en-Ré in 1955 in gratitude for a father and son having returned from World War II alive.

Initially it was placed in a private garden, but after the family donated the statue to the town which then placed it at the crossroads at the entrance to La Flotte-en-Ré in 1983.

When the statue was damaged by traffic, it was repaired by the Council in the town and placed on a higher platform. This attracted a complaint from a campaigning secular group La Libre Pensee 17, on the basis of the country’s laws on the separation of Church and State.

A French law from 1905 also specifically outlaws religious monuments in public spaces.

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Court orders town to remove statue of Mary, Mother of God – Gript

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