Bonne fête nationale! Today is what we, in the U.S. might call “Bastille Day”, the commemoration of the storming of the Bastille in 1789.
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Paula Luckhurst says
I wonder why still today the French Revolution is celebrated. It was a shameful event who persecuted, emprisioned and killed thousands of Catholics.
The dechristianisation of France during the French Revolution program included the following policies:
– the deportation of clergy and the condemnation of many of them to death,
– the closing, desecration and pillaging of churches,
– removal of the word “saint” from street names and other acts to banish Christian culture from the public sphere
– removal of statues, plates and other iconography from places of worship
– destruction of crosses, bells and other external signs of worship
– the institution of revolutionary and civic cults, including the Cult of Reason and subsequently the Cult of the Supreme Being,
– the large scale destruction of religious monuments,
– the outlawing of public and private worship and religious education,
– forced marriages of the clergy,
– forced abjurement of priesthood, and
– the enactment of a law on 21 October 1793 making all nonjuring priests and all persons who harbored them liable to death on sight.(wikip.)
And they commemorate it still today. ?
But maybe it’s ok because they were Catholics.