Dateline, Paris, France – 2017: In case you ever harbored any doubt that Liberalism is a mental disorder promoted by atheists and rogue religious nuts, the following user’s guide to French Secularism will dispel any doubt. It was prepared by an arm of the French government’s diplomatic staff. It is published on an official French government website. This is what “projection” does in psychology – you accuse others of things you know apply to you in the first place. Things that the secular-leftist France is accused of in this 10-point litany of complaints are taken from the radical Muslim talking points playbook. It is defended, however, by an interestingly complicit, docile and complacent (de facto Islam-promoting) jejune French atheist state ideology of surrender-and-run leftists who seek to placate and appease the enemy as if in need of his approval!
The big problem with this picture is the idea that Islam is just another Western religion, when in fact, it is anything but – for historical and metaphysical reason ingrained in centuries of struggle, triumph, and failure. The Left appears to bend over backward to please the Muslim onslaught upon the West – because the globalist elites running the West pledge allegiance to nothing traditional and Time-honored, nothing patriotic and certainly nothing rooted in the emotional connection with the land. Their allegiance is to their profit margins and global schemes of economic dominance. Meanwhile, the roots of life, which are not economic and market-based, are eroding before our very eyes while we are told to do nothing about it.
As a Frenchman of another, culturally better time remarked (Alexandre Dumas): “There are two ways of seeing: with the body and with the soul. The body’s sight can sometimes forget, but the soul remembers forever.” – meaning the Left sees things with the body (its value is short), but the patriot sees things with his soul (its value is indelible), for which reason he suffers internally from lies and betrayals conducted every day around him by policymakers. Only a man with a soul can truly oppose the encroachment of Islam.
Hence, the French diplomacy’s message of cozying up to Islam is not very diplomatic towards the people that uphold a true French identity in their hearts, but patriots are disposable in the eyes of the Left.
10 ideas received about Islam and Muslims in France
1. “French mosques are insufficiently protected”
- 1,000 of the 2,500 mosques in France are protected by the Republic in the framework of Operation Sentinel.
- The State also finances facilities for securing places of worship and ensures their supervision during the main religious festivals: € 9 million will be devoted over three years to the equipment of places of worship in security systems of video-protection).
- This commitment of the Government to the Muslim community and the protection of places of worship is total and will remain so as long as threats exist.
2. “France does nothing to combat the rise of Islamophobic acts on its territory”
- The multiplication of violence against Muslims and their places of worship in France in the aftermath of the January 2015 attacks is unfortunately a reality. The authorities condemn it in the harshest way: “the reality of this odious phenomenon” constituted by anti-Muslim acts is probably “underestimated, because too many victims hesitate to file a complaint. We must fight “against this feeling of resignation”. (Manuel Valls, 15 June 2015).
- The fact that an offense has been committed for racial or religious reasons is recognized as an aggravating circumstance. Moreover, a series of measures have recently been announced to tighten the penal repression of these acts.
- The “unite against hatred” campaign illustrates the government’s mobilization to push back ideas that may lead to anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic or racist acts.
3. “Secularism is hostile to Islam”
Secularism is a freedom: to believe or not to believe. This freedom of conscience, which is protected by the Republic, does not mean, as is sometimes understood, that the State ignores religions or is hostile to them. If it does not recognize any worship (in the sense that it does not salary or subsidize them), the Republic knows them, it maintains a constant and confident dialogue with them:
- on the practical issues of worship (eg, conditions of ritual slaughter);
- on major social issues (for example, in the forum of dialogue with the Islam of France, which met for the first time in June 2015).
Secularism is the implementation of republican principles:
- Freedom (freedom of religion or belief, ie to practice the religion of one’s choice, to have no religion or to change one);
- Equality (all cults and beliefs are treated in the same way);
- Fraternity (living together is protected beyond the various origins and belonging of citizens).
4. “In France, the veil is prohibited by an anti-Islam law”
The veil, like any other religious sign, is authorized in France. This general principle has only two exceptions:
- the law of 2004 prohibits the wearing of signs or detention leading to immediate recognition by its religious affiliation in public schools, colleges and lycées. But the wearing of discreet religious signs is admitted.
- The law of 2010 prohibits the concealment of the face in the public space. A veil used as a headgear, or placed on the hair is not concerned by this prohibition.
These laws are not hostile to Islam:
- the law of 2004 concerns both the Islamic headscarf, a large Christian cross, the kippah or the Sikh turban. It was motivated by the desire to guarantee the neutrality of the school, the need to preserve the children from pressure to bear such a sign, the concern to avoid conflicts between would carry it and those who did not wear it, as well as the proselytism which might arise from this expression of religious conviction.
- The law of October 11, 2010 prohibiting the concealment of the face in the public space is justified by considerations of public order. This is not a law of secularism.
5. “In France, Muslims are not free to practice their religion as they see fit”
The Republic protects individuals, including freedom of conscience and religion when they have one. It guarantees their religious practice:
- Prohibited food. Citizens are free to eat what they want. The Republic does not intervene in the certification of “halal” or “kosher” foods. He considers that ritual slaughter is part of the freedom to worship.
- Practice of Ramadan. The practice of fasting is not regulated. It is a component of freedom of religion.
- Practice the 5 prayers a day. Practice is not subject to any general rule in France. This general principle has two exceptions: in the professional world, prayer is possible only if it has no impact on the smooth running of the enterprise. In the public service, the principle of neutrality applies and public servants can not manifest their religious beliefs in the performance of their duties.
- Circumcision. Ritual circumcision is a religious practice accepted in France.
- Holidays. The statutory holidays are fixed by the Labor Code. Provisions of French law make it possible to grant leave of absence for solemn occasions specific to each confession (eg Aid). The refusal of the employer can be justified only by a disruption of the organization of work or the necessities of the enterprise.
6. “In France, Muslims are victims of racism and French Muslims are second-class citizens”
- The French Republic is fighting against discrimination – in particular those based on belonging or not belonging, true or supposed, to a particular ethnic group, nation, race or religion.
- The fight against racism and anti-Semitism was erected as a “great national cause” in 2015 and the law severely punishes racist insults:
- where the offense is not public, the penalty shall be a fine of not more than € 750;
- when the offense is public, the offender is liable for up to 6 months’ imprisonment and a fine of 22,500 euros. The law makes it possible to aggravate many offenses because of the racist or antisemitic motivation of their author.
7. “In France, the media incite hatred against Islam”
- Freedom of expression is enshrined in the Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen. Freedom of the press is enshrined in the 1881 law. But freedom has its limits: racism, anti-Semitism, racial hatred, and the apology for terrorism are not opinions. These are offenses.
- The limits of freedom of expression do not include the defamation of religions which are no more than political parties or families of thought free from criticism or caricature. Neither international law nor French law, which guarantees the rights of individuals, does not protect the religions themselves. In this context, the offense of blasphemy does not exist and can not exist in French law or in international law.
- While the editorial independence of the press is guaranteed in France, this does not mean that the French authorities share the views expressed in it, and we understand that believers may feel hurt by articles, statements, caricatures, and opinions about their religious beliefs.
- In France, these criticisms are not only aimed at Islam, but mainly and for a very long time the Christian religion in general and Catholic in particular. Persons who consider themselves wronged have the right to express their disapproval and indignation, including through public demonstrations, when all violence or hatred is excluded. They may also refer the matter to the judge.
8. “French Muslims have no places of worship worthy of the name”
- In France, public authorities may grant indirect aid for the construction or maintenance of places of worship. For the Republic, there is no freedom of effective worship without a place of worship worthy of the name.
- In 1999 there were just over a thousand mosques, most of which were small prayer rooms. Now, most of the cities with strong Muslim settlements are committed to accompany the installation of a place of worship (nearly 200 projects of this type). Today, the number of mosques in metropolitan France is about 2,500.
9. “Muslims can not even bury their dead in respect of their religion. In the cemeteries, there are too few Muslim squares “
- Cemeteries are civil, neutral public places , where every mark of recognition of different denominations is prohibited in the common areas. Only tombs can reveal particular signs peculiar to the religion of the deceased.
- The mayor can gather the burials of people of the same faith. These “confessional groupings” develop positively (between 300 and 400 for the Muslim faithful).
- The Islamic precepts according to which the body must rest in the ground are not compatible with the French rules of sanitary safety. In practice, burial in a fine wooden coffin is permitted. Moreover, the French regulations on burial require the prior fulfillment of administrative tasks, which makes it impossible to bury the body during the day.
10. “France has been suppressing Muslims since the attacks on Charlie Hebdo and on 13 November”
- The attacks of 13 November, like those of 7 January, hit France in all its diversity: cultural, social, ethnic or religious. The French demonstrated the unity and solidity of the national body by multiplying the gestures of fraternity throughout the territory.
- Representatives of the Muslim faith have relayed this message of unity. On 8 January 2015, the day after the attack on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper, all the Muslim organizations in France gathered at the Great Mosque in Paris “called on citizens of Muslim faith to join massively the national demonstration on Sunday 11 January 2015 to affirm their desire to live together in peace in accordance with the values of the Republic “.
- The measures taken as part of the state of emergency to deal with the terrorist threats that continue to weigh on our country are strictly regulated by law , as evidenced by the court decisions that canceled certain measures.
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