Level 1: Dieu | God

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Dieu | Dieu existe-t-il ? Inégalités, injustices, violences, tortures, viols, meurtres, guerres, génocides, la shoah, l’esclavage… Impardonnable, n’est-ce pas ? On vous dira que Dieu se planque pour mettre les hommes à l’épreuve et les amener à choisir entre le bien et le mal. En tout cas, si moi je vous jouais des tours pareils, vous me traiteriez de sadique ! Does God exist? Inequality, injustice, violence, torture, rape, murder, war, genocide, the Holocaust, slavery.. Unpardonable, isn’t it?  People will tell you that God hides to put men to the test and get them to choose between good and evil. In any case, if I played those tricks on you, you would call me a sadist.
Regardez l’histoire de l’humanité et les innombrables crimes commis au nom de Dieu ! Et regardez le présent : des États qui persécutent au nom d’un Dieu, torturent et tuent au nom d’un Dieu, et refusent aux femmes le droit d’avorter, toujours au nom d’un Dieu. Look at the history of humanity and the countless crimes committed in the name of God! And look at the present: States that persecute in the name of a God, torture and kill in the name of a God, and deny women the right to abortion, always in the name of a God.
Pauvre Dieu, nom de Dieu, aurait-il tout foiré ? Souhaitons-lui – à ce petit Dieu qui ne serait qu’un pauvre diable – de ne pas exister car nous le jugerions pour crimes contre l’Humanité. Nous avons guillotiné Louis XVI pour moins que cela. Poor God, bloody hell, would he have screwed it up all? Let’s wish him – this little God who would just be a poor devil – not to exist because we would put him on trial for crimes against humanity. We guillotined Louis XVI for less than that.
le dieu god
exister to exist
existe-t-il? does he exist?
une inégalité disparity
une injustice injustice
la violence violence
la torture torture
le viol rape
le meurtre murder
la guerre war
le génocide genocide
la shoah holocaust
l’esclavage (m.) slavery
impardonnable unpardonable
n’est-ce pas? isn’t it?
on here: people
vous you
on vous dira people will tell you
que that
se planquer (fam.) to hide
pour in order to, to
mettre à l’épreuve to put to the test
un homme man
les hommes here: people
les here: them
amener here: to get
à here: to
choisir to choose
entre between
le bien the good
et and
le mal the evil
en tout cas in any case
si if
si moi je if I (stressed)
jouer to play
jouer des tours to play tricks
si je vous jouais des tours if I played tricks on you
pareil such, like that
me me
traiter de to call
vous me traiteriez de you would call me
le sadique sadist
regarder to look at
regardez ! look!
une histoire history; story
de of
l’humanité f. humanity
innombrable countless
le crime crime
commis committed
au nom de in the name of
le présent present
un État state
qui who
persécuter to persecute
torturer to torture
refuser to deny
la femme woman
le droit right
avorter to abort
toujours always
pauvre poor
nom de Dieu ! (fam., vulg.) bloody hell!
foirer to screw up
tout everything
souhaiter to wish
souhaitons-lui let’s wish him
ce this
petit little
il ne serait que he would only be
le diable devil
car as, because
pour for
juger to put on trial
nous le jugerions we would put him on trial
guillotiner to guillotine, decapitate
Louis XVI (1754-1793) King of France until 1791
moins less
moins que cela less than that

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