Lately, not a week goes by when there hasn’t been some encouraging news coming out about the widespread backlash against Islamization by French patriots. Richard Price, a Muslim-apologist from the UK writing for Labour Briefing reports on the rising tide of ‘
Islamophobia‘ anti-Islamism fervor in France, now also being embraced by mainstream politicians.
IslamophobiaWatch The 6.4 million votes cast for Marine Le Pen in the French presidential election in April, and the efforts of Nicolas Sarkozy to outbid her, showed that
Islamophobia anti-Islamism has become mainstream in French politics.
As the French economy continues to bump along the bottom, France’s five million Muslims are being systematically targeted as scapegoats (And rightfully so, because of their abnormally high rate of crime, rape of non-Muslim women, property destruction, NO GO zones, and out of control welfare dependency)
Scarcely a week passes without a leading politician addressing the “problem” of France’s Muslims, whether it’s the veil, halal meat, the failure to integrate or the construction of mosques. On 27th September, Interior Minister Manuel Valls used the inauguration of a mosque to lecture those present on the dangers of Islamism, warning that those who challenged the Republic’s principles would be expelled from France. This followed the publication of cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammed in Charlie Hebdo magazine and the banning of Muslim protest marches.
Jean-François Copé, General Secretary of the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP), is a candidate in the race to succeed Sarkozy as president of the party. In early October, he launched an attack on “Muslim thugs” who he claimed were enforcing the Ramadan fast: “I can understand the exasperation of some of our compatriots when there are some neighbourhoods where a mother or father will come home from work in the evening to learn their son has had his pain au chocolat snatched out of his hand by thugs, telling him it is forbidden to eat during Ramadan.”
While the political class is creating the intellectual climate, anti-Islam advocates are translating it into attacks on mosques, cemeteries and halal butchers. The effects on public opinion are striking. On 25th October (just before the Eid festival), right-wing dailyLe Figaro published the results of an opinion poll suggesting that:
43% believe that Islam is a threat to national identity;
only 17% believe Islam enriches France’s culture;
43% are opposed to the construction of mosques;
63% are opposed to the wearing of the veil or headscarf in public;
of the two thirds who think that French Muslims are not well integrated into French society, 68% blame this on Muslims’ “refusal to integrate.”
This growing fear of the Muslim “other” comes at a time when racist (Islam is not a race) provocations against Muslims are almost a daily occurrence. (See links below)