Controversy over Caroline Cayeux: the floor is up to the defense, by Philippe Bilger
From a former magistrate and general counsel, Philippe Bilger is also a defense lawyer. On his blog Justice au singulier, the person concerned returned to the controversy surrounding the Minister Delegate for Local Authorities Caroline Cayeux and his remarks in 2012 against marriage for all and his apologies to “These people“. He took it upon himself to come to the aid of the mayor of Beauvais, denouncing a debate “quite frightening politically and intellectually“.
Of course, Philippe Bilger wants to recognize that the term “These people, can at least appear condescending towards people whose sexuality and life choices are just different.“But in truth, he believes that the controversy turns”intellectual stalinism“: “it is to prohibit assuming yesterday which had nothing dishonoring in the name of today and of a humanism boasting of being totalitarian.»
“Caroline Cayeux could have said that she had the right to think what she thought, even in an extreme formulation»
“Caroline Cayeux apologized, made amends, said she was sorry and that today she would not say the same things or hold the same beliefsadds Philippe Bilger. “But obviously that’s not enough (…) For the LGBT community, having imposed repentance is not enough: it would still be necessary for the sinner to confess her ignominy and be ashamed of having once had these unbearable positions for her, untenable today.»
And in his advocacy pro Cayeux, but also pro homePhilippe Bilger comes to criticize… a Caroline Cayeux, “far too complacent“.
“Caroline Cayeux could have said that she had the right to think what she thought, even in an extreme formulation (marriage for all is “against nature”), that she would have had the right to participate in the Demonstration for all, that she was not forced to mingle with all festive or non-festive actions organized by homosexuals and the LGBT community (…)that it was not written anywhere in our republican code that there were convictions which would have been shameful in themselves, since they never resulted in illegal acts“, he continues.
The magistrate says he is worried about the future of the country, faced with a movement “sadly irreversible which is leading us towards a dictatorship of minorities. (…) Attacking more personalities who offer, like Caroline Cayeux, the great advantage of accepting the inquisition they undergo and to tender, consenting, both cheeks…»
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