Very interesting story here (h/t Faithworld):
France’s prime minister urged Muslims and Jews to consider scrapping their halal and kosher slaughter laws on Monday as President Nicolas Sarkozy and his allies stepped up their efforts to woo far-right voters….
“Religions should think about keeping traditions that don’t have much in common with today’s state of science, technology and health problems,” Fillon told Europe 1 radio….
The “ancestral traditions” of ritual slaughter were justified for hygienic reasons in the past but were now outdated, he said. “We live in a modern society.”
I appreciate the persistent irritation that the Prime Minister must feel. These are frustrating times for the agents of progress on both right and left — and, it seems, nationally and abroad. It’s difficult to get folks to realize that modern society and contemporary science, technology, and medicine have simply eclipsed and obviated their ancient moralities and traditions. But if we can’t persuade them, I suppose coercive law stands ready to help.