The editorial of the week of 29/04/2022 with Camille: Politics, religious freedom, Afghanistan, old age

In the editorial of the week with Camille on video discover the subjects which animated the Christian sphere this week from articles published on the InfoChrétienne site.

Sunday April 24, Emmanuel Macron was elected for a second term. A few days after this election, the National Council of Evangelicals of France and then the Protestant Federation of France sent him a message. 

In the context of a "divided society", the CNEF calls on the president and his government to "show wisdom, a spirit of unity, acting in favor of peace and preserving everyone's freedom of worship, conscience and expression". Evangelical Protestants also reiterated their commitment to pray for the country, "for the duration of this term and beyond".

In a column published in La Vie, the president of the Protestant Federation of France, François Clavairoly, addresses Emmanuel Macron, the "reflections" of the Protestants on what they expect "from this mandate with regard to secularism and the place of religions in the country".

In particular, he recalls in this forum the meaning of the term “secularism”: a balance between the “principle of State neutrality in confessional matters” and the principle of “freedom of expression and worship in the public space”.

Religious freedom featured prominently in the news this week. 

Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States questioned the religious freedom of an American football coach expelled from school for praying in public. The judges appear divided on the scope of this right in the school environment. The court is expected to render its decision this summer.

Still in the United States, the Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) released its annual report. The president of the organization, Nadine Maenza, expressed her despair at the deterioration of religious freedom in certain countries.

She spoke in particular about Afghanistan. 

In this Asian country, the President of the Commission, deplores the “immediate and disastrous downward spiral” into which the conditions of religious freedom have fallen since the Taliban took power.

The country is also at the top of the 2022 Global Index of Christian Persecution by the NGO Portes Ouvertes.

The editorial of the week ends with an inspiring initiative!

Thursday April 28, Régis de Pompignan, 80, left for 80 days of hiking, from Nîmes to Brest. This volunteer from the Little Brothers of the Poor wishes with this ambitious project to raise awareness among the French about the distress of our elders and change the outlook on old age.

Camille Westphal Perrier

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