I did not know until today, that France as a Nation, had separation of church and state. As some historians may comment, that since Henery the VIII split from the catholic church ( that male slut that murdered his wives ) so as to remarry, he kindly organized the Church of England. To add balance today the church has thousands of good and honest followers of course.
It still puzzles me completely, as to why we all have to contribute and support a religion that the majority of the population have no connection with. The question is why the church has an unelected but non voting seat in parliament and is paid a fee like but less than politicians. By design therefore the Dean must carry influence.Another job for Deputy Macon
and his new Privilege’s and Procedures Committee ( PPC ) to propose the removal of both the Bailiff and Dean from the States as unelected positions that have no place in a modern democratic Government. France has it completely right on separation of religion from the state.
For those that quote a long historical connection, as in slavery you mean, that was also wrong and corrected. The Guardian.
The French Republic is built on a strict separation of church and state, intended to foster equality for all private beliefs rather than stigmatise any religion. Secularism is one of the few issues that unites left, right and the far-right of Marine Le Pen. At the heart is the rule that any state worker in the public service must be impartial and neutral, and so cannot show their religious belief with an outward symbol such as a headscarf. Public-sector workers – from teachers to post office or train station staff – are prohibited from wearing the hijab, a visible cross, turban or Jewish kippa. This legislation, dating back 60 years, is set in stone.
But difficulties are emerging under Hollande's presidency as some politicians and philosophers petition for the state rules to be extended to parts of the private sector,http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/22/frances-headscarf-war-attack-on-freedom
Note : This post is placed on this thread, because the Bailiff's position is supposed to be non political i.e. deciding who should work or not here, and reading the first ( top of page 1 ) post above reminded me, of how political the Bailiff and after the Dean-gate HG scandal, how political these two unelected posts can be.http://www.thisisjersey.com/latest/2008/09/16/uk-judges-have-no-place-here/