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France’s controversial ‘separatism’ bill: Will it affect Jehovah's Witnesses ?


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Critics say the so-called “separatism law” is discriminatory and targets France’s 5.7 million-strong Muslim community, the largest in Europe.

This month, French MPs staged two weeks of heated debates in the National Assembly, discussing some 1,700 proposed amendments to the bill’s 51 articles.

While France’s left lambasted an attack on civil liberties, the right criticised the government for failing to overtly tackle “Islamist extremism”, which is not mentioned in the text.

With debates in the lower house now completed and 313 amendments accepted, a vote will take place on Tuesday and the bill is expected to receive the green light at the Senate, before passing into law within months.

Any association in France that receives public funding will have to sign a “republican contract of engagement” which, if breached, can result in the removal of that funding. (Does JW Org receive funding in France ? )

The grounds for dissolving an association are also no longer limited to court orders – they would be extended to include administrative decisions.

 

Aimed at ending so-called clandestine schools with their own agenda, all homeschooling will need to be authorised by the state rather than be self-declared, starting from the 2024/2025 school year.... This will affect an estimated 62,000 home-schooled children in France, though exemptions include health and disability reasons, as well as geographic distance from school.  ( I wonder how many JWs home school thier children in France ? )

Foreign funding of religious organisations

Stricter financial controls would be put in place on foreign money sent to religious organisations in France, and so-called “anti-putsch” rules for religious associations are designed to allow the government to prevent takeovers by “extremists”.

Those that receive foreign financing will need to declare any income of more than 10,000 euros ($12,000) from abroad and to publish annual accounts that the government can access. ( As far as i am aware the Watchtower / JW Org has all monies from all congregations sent to America HQ. Now this may mean that money sent to France from America might be classed as 'foreign funding' ) 

It seems to be aimed at Islam although Islam is not mentioned in it. BUT could it affect the Watchtower / JW Org ? 

In honesty I can see some practical reasons for bringing in tighter restrictions, but of course it is worrying that it might be misused. 

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More human rules usually catches the innocent as well as the perpetrators. So yes, we do not print books in France any longer due to their other discriminatory laws.  It is to be expected - life will become tough and oppressive in last days

Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Critics say the so-called “separatism law” is discriminatory and targets France’s 5.7 million-strong Muslim community, the largest in Europe. This month, French MPs staged two weeks of heated debates in the National Assembly, discussing some 1,700 proposed amendments to the bill’s 51 articles. While France’s left lambasted an attack on civil liberties, the right criticised the government for failing to o

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1 hour ago, 4Jah2me said:

I can see some practical reasons for bringing in tighter restrictions, but of course it is worrying that it might be misused. 

More human rules usually catches the innocent as well as the perpetrators. So yes, we do not print books in France any longer due to their other discriminatory laws. 

It is to be expected - life will become tough and oppressive in last days

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12 hours ago, Arauna said:

More human rules usually catches the innocent as well as the perpetrators. So yes, we do not print books in France any longer due to their other discriminatory laws. 

It is to be expected - life will become tough and oppressive in last days

Do you think it is being done for genuine reasons, or as a move to ban all religion though ?  

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