Wir erfahren, dass die Regierung von Quebec beschlossen habe, dass in öffentlichen Gebäuden keine religiösen Symbole mehr sichtbar sein sollen dürfen.
Wenn man jemals in einem Anfall besonderer ideologischer Vernageltheit versucht hat, auf ein bestimmtes Symbol zu achten, egal ob Kreuz, Halbmond oder Pentagram, wird man feststellen, es ist überall. Gerade das Kreuz findet sich in öffentlichen Gebäuden überall, überall da, wo Fliesen verlegt sind zum Beispiel.
Besonders originell ist es auch nicht, hat jedoch schon Chesterton in "Kugel und Kreuz" Professor Luzifer und den Mönch Michael das Thema durchdiskutieren lassen.
Mönch Michael erzählt die Geschichte eines Mannes, der beschlossen hat, das Kreuz überall zu entfernen:
"As I was observing," continued Michael, "this man also took the view that
the symbol of Christianity was a symbol of savagery and all unreason. His
history is rather amusing. It is also a perfect allegory of what happens
to rationalists like yourself. He began, of course, by refusing to allow a
crucifix in his house, or round his wife's neck, or even in a picture. He
said, as you say, that it was an arbitrary and fantastic shape, that it
was a monstrosity, loved because it was paradoxical. Then he began to grow
fiercer and more eccentric; he would batter the crosses by the roadside;
for he lived in a Roman Catholic country. Finally in a height of frenzy he
climbed the steeple of the Parish Church and tore down the cross, waving
it in the air, and uttering wild soliloquies up there under the stars.
Then one still summer evening as he was wending his way homewards, along a
lane, the devil of his madness came upon him with a violence and
transfiguration which changes the world. He was standing smoking, for a
moment, in the front of an interminable line of palings, when his eyes
were opened. Not a light shifted, not a leaf stirred, but he saw as if by
a sudden change in the eyesight that this paling was an army of
innumerable crosses linked together over hill and dale. And he whirled up
his heavy stick and went at it as if at an army. Mile after mile along his
homeward path he broke it down and tore it up. For he hated the cross and
every paling is a wall of crosses. When he returned to his house he was a
literal madman. He sat upon a chair and then started up from it for the
cross-bars of the carpentry repeated the intolerable image. He flung
himself upon a bed only to remember that this, too, like all workmanlike
things, was constructed on the accursed plan. He broke his furniture
because it was made of crosses. He burnt his house because it was made of
crosses. He was found in the river."
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P.S für unsere superkritischen krümelwühlenden Kommentatoren: Ich hab auch gelesen, dass die Regierung von Quebec zunächst nur das Tragen religiöser Symbole verbieten lassen will und keineswegs die Fliesen herausreißen lassen will. Nur wenn ich kein Kreuz umhängen haben darf, warum dürfen die Kreuze dann an den Wänden hängen?