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Swear to God, Or No Office Spot

Discussion in 'Issues Around the World' started by ethics, Jan 13, 2003.

  1. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Monsignor Luis Villalba, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Argentina's Tucuman province, has declared that Article 80 of the provincial constitution requires the governor to swear allegiance to 'God, the Fatherland, and the Christian saints.'

    Such an an oath is impossible for the leading gubernatorial candidate for the upcoming elections: Jose Alperovich, a federal senator and high-ranking member of the Peronist party, <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-argen12jan12,0,2019239.story?coll=la%2Dheadlines%2Dworld">is Jewish</a>.

    Alperovich, the grandson of Lithuanian immigrants who fled the violence of World War II, said that although he is not particularly devout, he refuses to deny his religion and is challenging Article 80 in the provincial Supreme Court. The Monsignor, however, has said that 'We must follow the constitution to the last detail.... Our country is falling apart because no one follows or respects the law.'

    Article 80 was written in 1990 when the provincial government was dominated by retired army General Antonio Bussi. Bussi, a right-wing politician and a major player in Argentina's <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/2206534.stm">'dirty war'</a> of the 1970s and '80s, redesigned the provincial flag to depict a large white crucifix and also drafted a law that mandated all public and private schools, including San Miguel de Tucuman's Jewish school, to raise the newly designed flag each day. Since 1999 Bussi, who has not commented on the current controversy, has faced an international arrest warrant on charges of 'terrorism, genocide, and torture' during the Argentine dictatorship.

    Those who worked alongside Bussi adamantly support Villalba and Article 80. Julio Suriani, president of the 1990 provincial Constitutional Convention, said the requirement makes sense in a province with a Catholic majority of 99.5 percent:

    The same thing happens in Israel, where a Catholic could never be president, no matter how many votes he wins. (In actuality, there is no such provision in Israeli law.).... We should follow the old Roman aphorism: Dura lex, sed lex. The law is harsh, but it is the law.

    Pablo Clavetti, leader of Bussi's Republican Force party, fears that 'If we keep going this way, we'll allow even the insane to become governor.' And one newspaper columnist accused Alperovich of 'wanting to tear down [Tucuman's] cathedral and replace it with a synagogue.'

    Yet another glaring example of how much religion infusion in to the Constitution of any country, is more of a travesty than a step forward.
  2. Robert Harris

    Robert Harris Passed Away Aug. 19, 2006

    Let us hope that the Bush minions do not see this. It is the sort of thing they might like and they might propose such a constitutio0njal amendment for us.
  3. RRedline

    RRedline Veteran MMember

    There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that many of our Congressmen would support changing our national flag and insituting similar laws that Argentina has.

    Religion + Government = Conflict. It always has, and it always will.
  4. ShinyTop

    ShinyTop I know what is right or wrong!

    It's not just conflict. If these actions in another country indicate anything it is that celebration of any one religion means diminishing all others. Good example of what we should avoid.
  5. mikepd

    mikepd Veteran Member

    Has common sense been outlawed?
  6. Frodo Lives

    Frodo Lives Luke, I am NOT your father!

    Affraid so. I don't remember who said, "Religion is for the weak minded and easily fooled."
  7. spg

    spg Registered User

    Pablo Clavetti, leader of Bussi's Republican Force party, fears that 'If we keep going this way, we'll allow even the insane to become governor.'

    Hey, just as long as he swears allegiance to 'God, the Fatherland, and the Christian saints.' ;)
  8. Misu

    Misu Hey, I saw that.

    Coming from the child of Uruguayan parents, common sense is not a strong point for Argentinans ;)

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