Just in case you missed it: the demand for ‘prayer space’ is just another grab for territory.

‘All your empty churches are belong to us…’

“A study on the space for Muslim worship says that 300 thousand square meters are currently available in France. Double that is needed, according to the CFCM. Today, 150 construction projects are underway throughout the country”-

It is up to the Muslim community to solve the problem. The State or the Church has nothing to do with it. The French state has no business to fund mosques, and the French should make it prohibitively expensive for Muslims to build any mosques at all. (source)

You can have all kinds of diversity as long as it is Islamic:

Sarkozy sacks Muslim “diversity minister” who called on Muslims to quit ruling party over upcoming hearings on Islam

France has its own hearings coming up on how ” ‘the practice of religions may be compatible with the rules of the secular republic’, and secondly ‘the question of Islam in France’.” As always, it would be “Islamophobic” to suggest anything other than the idea that everything is fine, or not to wait patiently and indefinitely for Muslims in France to set their own house in order.

The “diversity minister” went so far as to “[compare] the situation of French Muslims to that of Jews during World War II and said the debate had been planned by a ‘handful of neo-Nazis’.”

Same tactics as ever: 1.) Deflect attention by appropriating victim status, and 2.) try to silence the discussion by implying that anything that even potentially casts Islam in a negative light is tantamount to inciting hate crimes.

Perhaps the Union for a Popular Movement should turn the tables and say they are calling hearings on “Francophobia.” “France’s Sarkozy sacks diversity head Dahmane,” from BBC News, March 11:

All inclusive diversity: Stoning  of women qualifies for UN seat:

“Iran’s presence will be a real affront to women, but it will also show how the UN is back to business-as-usual despite the great fanfare this week surrounding the action it took on Libya.” Yep.

“Iran joins UN’s global body on the status of women,” by Steven Edwards for Postmedia News, March 5 (thanks to JW):

EUromed: the worst is yet to come:

French foreign minister: Mideast uprisings show Mediterranean Union needed now more than ever

Why we must never trust the French:

French foreign minister: Mideast uprisings show Mediterranean Union needed now more than ever
With pro-Sharia parties looking to play a significant role in new governments in North Africa and the Middle East, one would think that the French Foreign Minister might think this would be a good time to disengage from Euro-Med partnership initiatives. No such luck.

“Uprisings: Juppe’, Mediterranean Union Needed More Than Ever,” from ANSAmed, March 2 (thanks to Insubria):

(ANSAmed) – PARIS, MARCH 2 – In light of the uprisings in the Arab world the Union for the Mediterranean project, launched in 2008 in Paris, is needed more than ever. The statement was made by the new French foreign minister, Alain Juppe’, who already yesterday insisted on the need to revive this ambitious project.
During a speech to the Paris National Assembly Juppe’ stated that ”The Med Union is an idea that is needed more than ever before”, and added that ”Our common interest is to ensure that the development of the two shores will allow citizens of the south to live at home, on their land, in their countries, and to find there their rightful peace, freedom, work and prosperity.

That is what we will do by reviving the Med Union with the support of all European Union Countries”. The Union for the Mediterranean, a cooperation project between the EU and the Countries of the south shore of the Mediterranean, among which Israel, was one of the initiatives that was strongly desired by president Nicolas Sarkozy. But the stalemate in the peace process between Israel and Palestine still has not allowed the project to take off….

Euro-Med activity is actually ongoing: see “Europe’s looming demise,” by Pamela Geller in the Washington Times, December 30, 2009.  French foreign minister: Mideast uprisings show Mediterranean Union needed now more than ever

4 thoughts on “France”

  1. Five golden domes at the Eiffel Tower

    Paris will get a new Russian Orthodox church at the feet of The Eiffel Tower

    President Nicholas Sarkozy and president Dimitri Medvedev have agreed on this remarkable project in the heart of Paris. To get this particular location Russia was competing with Canada and Saudi-Arabia, who respectively, had plans for an embassy and a mosque.

    The construction of the Russian Orthodox church will start in the beginning of 2012.

  2. Islamic Hypocrisy in Europe

    by Khaled Abu Toameh

    European countries are certainly not the right place for Muslims who want to live under sharia law.

    Muslims who are unhappy with France’s recent decision to ban the veil should find a more suitable place to live, such as Sudan, Saudi Arabia or Iran. There, they would feel free to wear the burqa and the niqab and build as many mosques as they want.

    Just as Saudi Arabia bans the construction of a church or synagogue in Mecca and Medina, the Italians and the Spaniards have the right to limit the number of mosques in their countries. Muslims who see the establishment of a church or synagogue in their neighborhood as a provocation have no right to complain when non-Muslims express the same sentiments about mosques.

    Would it ever occur to a Christian or Jew to move to Saudi Arabia and demand the right to drink alcohol and eat pork?

    Can anybody imagine what would happen to a Christian if he or she were wearing the cross on the streets of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia? Or if a Jew wearing a skullcap were seen walking in the streets of Kabul or Khartoum?

    Just as most non-Muslim women do not feel comfortable living in Islamic countries where women must cover their heads and faces and are not allowed to drive a car, Muslims have no right to impose their lifestyle, culture and religion on others.

    Non-Muslims who travel to Islamic countries often respect the laws, traditions and religious beliefs of their hosts. Christians who have broken sharia laws in some Islamic countries often find themselves behind bars and end up facing deportation.

    But why is it that when Muslims goes to live in a France, Britain and Canada, they do not hesitate to demand that the people living in these countries accept their ways?

    A Muslim woman who wants – or is forced – to wear a veil is entitled to do so – but she has no right to protest if a Western government bans her from covering her face.

    The ban should not be seen as an act of hostility toward Islam; instead, it should be regarded as a move intended to prevent a phenomenon that even many Muslims see as an act of degradation against women.

    Radical Muslims who are trying to impose their will on Western societies are only causing damage to their faith.

    The campaign launched by some Muslims against the French ban will only alienate non-Muslims and increase their concerns about Islam.

    By challenging the French ban, for example, Muslims are telling the French people that they are more interested in separation from Western culture than integration.

    Muslims living in Western countries have the right to practice their religious beliefs and traditions, but they should not expect non-Muslims to accept everything they want.

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