France’s Fatal Attraction to Islam

by Giulio Meotti, GATESTONE INSTITUTE

In his recent book, Will the Church Bells Ring Tomorrow?, Philippe de Villiers notes the disappearance of churches in France, and their replacement by mosques. Pictured above: On August 3, 2016, French riot police dragged a priest and his congregation from the church of St Rita in Paris, prior to its scheduled demolition. Front National leader Marine Le Pen said in fury: “And what if they built parking lots in the place of Salafist mosques, and not of our churches?”

  • Instead of fighting to save what is savable, French opinion-makers are already writing the terms of surrender.
  • By hybridizing cultures and rejecting Christianity, France will soon end up not even teaching also Arabic, but only Arabic, and marking Ramadan instead of Easter.
  • Instead of wasting their time trying to organize an “Islam of France”, French political leaders, opinion makers and think tanks should look for ways to counter the creeping Islamization of their country. Otherwise, we may soon be seeing not only a “Grand Imam de France”, but also lashes and stonings on the Champs Élysées.

Two years ago, the rector of the Great Mosque of Paris, Dalil Boubakeur, suggested converting empty churches into mosques, to accommodate the growing Muslim community in abandoned Christian sites. Now, many people in France seem to have taken the idea so seriously that a report released by the foundation Terra Nova, France’s main think tank that provides ideas to the governing Socialist Party, suggests that in order to integrate Muslims better, French authorities should replace the two Catholic holidays — Easter Monday and Pentecost — with Islamic holidays. To be ecumenical, they also included a Jewish holiday.

Written by Alain Christnacht and Marc-Olivier Padis, the study, “The Emancipation of Islam of France,” states: “In order to treat all the denominations equally, it should include two important new holidays, Yom Kippur and Eid el Kebir, with the removal of two Mondays that do not correspond to particular solemnity”.

Thus, Easter and Pentecost can be sacrificed to keep the ever-elusive multicultural “peace”.

Terra Nova’s proposal was rejected by the Episcopal Conference of France, but endorsed by the Union of Islamic Organizations of France, close to the Muslim Brotherhood, which would also like to include the Islamic holidays of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha in the calendar. The idea of replacing the Christian holidays was also sponsored by the Observatory of Secularism, an organ created by President François Hollande to coordinate secularist policies. The Observatory of Secularism also proposed eliminating some Christian holidays to make way for the Islamic, Jewish and secular holidays. “France must replace two Christian holidays to make way for the Yom Kippur and Eid,” said Dounia Bouzar, a member of the Observatory.

“France is no longer a Catholic country”, wrote Frederic Lenoir, editor-in-chief of Le Monde des Religions. The newspaper Le Figaro wondered if Islam can already be considered “France’s prime religion.” Instead of fighting to save what is savable, French opinion-makers are already writing the terms of surrender. That is the meaning of Terra Nova’s proposal.

A similar shocking idea came from another think tank, the Montaigne Institute, which provides ideas to another presidential candidate, Emmanuel Macron. In its report, written by Hakim El Karoui, the Montaigne Institute proposed the creation of a “Grand Imam of France“, no less, as if Paris and Cairo would have the same historic roots. Macron recently apologized for French colonialism, feeding a defeatist sense of guilt that fuels Islamic extremists in their demands.

The Montaigne Institute has also suggested teaching Arabic in public schools. This idea was also sponsored by Jack Lang, president of the Institute of the Arab world, who stated, “the Arab world is part of us”. By hybridizing cultures and rejecting Christianity, France will soon end up not even teaching also Arabic, but only Arabic, and Ramadan instead of Easter.

If the goal is accommodating Muslims in the French Republic instead of assimilating them, why not ban pork in the schools, avoid sensitive subjects such as the Crusades and the Holocaust, separate men and women in swimming pools, call cartoonists to “responsibility,” and allow Islamic veils in the public administration? In fact, all these things are taking place in France today. And the result is not “emancipation,” but religious segregation.

It is in this Apartheid that Islamic extremists grow and permeate hearts and minds. France’s director-general of intelligence, Patrick Calvar, has been clear: “The confrontation is inevitable,” he said. There are an estimated 15,000 Salafists among France’s seven million Muslims, “whose radical-fundamentalist creed dominates many of the predominantly Muslim housing projects at the edges of cities such as Paris, Nice or Lyon. Their preachers call for a civil war, with all Muslims tasked to wipe out the infidels down the street”.

The Socialist front-runner for the Presidential elections, Benoit Hamon, to whom the Terra Nova’s report was directed, even justified the disappearance of French women from the cafés in Muslim-majority areas: “Historically, in the workers’ cafes, there were no women,” he said.

Instead of wasting their time trying to organize an “Islam of France”, French political leaders, opinion-makers and think tanks should look for ways to counter the creeping Islamization of their country. Otherwise we may soon be seeing not only a “Grand Imam de France”, but also lashes and stonings on the Champs Élysées.

Giulio Meotti, Cultural Editor for Il Foglio, is an Italian journalist and author.

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7 Comments / 7 Comments

  1. MELECH david

    but then france is the leader of surrender. once considered a leader of fashion is again leading to dior head rags, balmain shrouds, designer stones. the hunchback of notra dame would have been smothered at birth so frances greatest love story would never have been written.

  2. Joe Bill Scott

    There will be blood.
    ??

  3. jim hane

    Political correctness, the fear of hurting Muslim feelings and the lack of pride in French history and culture – these are the real problems amongst young French people!
    It’s the fault of their education system.

    The holocaust, the Crusades and the whole truth about Islam needs to be taught in public schools. Everyone, including young French children, need to know the truth.

  4. Sebastien Zorn

    I was disturbed to see not only Jewish Telegraph Agency (JTA) but Arutz Sheva post a headline about a “French” anti-semitic attacker. The article said he was a Muslim of Turkish Kurdish descent. Merely being born in France does not make one French. Foreign Muslims who reject French culture are enemy aliens, I don’t care how many generations in. Same goes for America, Israel and every Western country. We should emulate Asian countries like Japan and S. Korea. They don’t tolerate immigrants who reject assimilation and neither should we.

  5. Edgar G.

    x
    TED….every single comment on this article (mine is the 5th) has thr first line obliterated by the “highlight and Quote” slot. And not only on this article, all the others too. I don’t understand (not too bright I suppose) why others have not made a point of “pointing” it out also. I don’t care about #1 but the others have intelligent content.

    You managed to repair everything but this.

  6. Edgar G.

    I just posted comment #5 which has not appeared. This comment #6, does not require “moderation “purgatory”-to be Goyish for a moment, but never-the-less has landed there.

  7. @ Edgar G.:

    comment 5 appeared on its own after your complaint. So give it a few minutes

    As far as the missing first line, its OK in a laptop or desktop. The problem is with the smartphone. The software that sets that up is canned and can’t be amended, at least not by me.

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