Spill the Impure Blood? Oui! (Gesu? Non!)

Wanted to bring this to you Thursday but alas hadn't the time. The W. Times picked up a story I've blogged about before --the effort on the part of some French to update the lyrics of the Marseillaise. Apparently the lyrics are written into the Constitution, so it's not likely to be done, but the various "non" arguments caught my eye.
"Just as history cannot be rewritten, so we cannot rewrite our anthem to suit current tastes," said Jean-Louis Debre, speaker of the assembly. "It would be meddling with our heritage," said Maxime Gremetz from the French Communist Party.
That is just what JPG argued about mentioning Christianity in the EU Constitution, but the French couldn't see the point then.