But then suddenly, it hit me: the writer, Â a RaphaÃ«l Liogier, Â is the director of the Observatoire du religieux (World-Religion-Watch.org) and a professor of universities at the Institut d’Ã©tudes politiques d’Aix-en-Provence and the Institut deÂ management public et de gouvernance territoriale and he means what he says:
France’s attack on the veil is a huge blunder
Women donning the full veil are not against modernity but represent rather its sophisticated product, just like westernised Buddhists. The veil, Âsurprising as this may seem, is good news for modern values. Some smart young women keep a niqab in their bag but only wear it in Paris’s Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, in order to draw attention to the fact that they belong to the best Muslim set, that they really have got that Muslim chic, something like the equivalent behaviour in a gay district. This deep western social movement is no threat to modern values, but rather vindicates the latter under unexpected aesthetic guise: it is so Âindividualistic and depoliticised that it is more of a real threat for Islamism and terrorist networks themselves.
It is a massive blunder to fight this new, ultra-modern Islam. And it is not only France that is heading towards a colossal error of understanding â€“ Âpolitically capable of spinning into historic proportions â€“ but also Europe, the United States, and all the other post-industrial countries, blinkered by Islamophobia, who turn out to be incapable of catching up on their own deep cultural changes and recognising their own best interests. It is a kind of collective, generational jet lag. Â Read it all>>