2003 November 21 Friday
French Mayor, Strasbourg Muslims Disagree On Teachings

The mayor of Strasbourg France is trying to bridge an unbridgeable gap. (same article here)

Mayor Fabienne Keller informed Muslim leaders last week that the municipal subsidy also required that they preach a "French Islam", guarantee women's rights and inform City Hall about their view on whether Muslim girls should wear headscarves.

The association planning the Grand Mosque of Strasbourg rejected the demand and said it would rather forego the subsidy - amounting to 10% of the six million euro ($7.16 million) overall cost - than go along with the city's demands.

The French government is considering banning headscarves from schools. The French are headed in the direction of headscarf bans even as the Islamic party now in charge in Turkey is trying to revoke the bans against headscarf wearing in government facilities.

If Islam was compatible with Western liberal democracy then the futile argument that is playing out in Strasbourg wouldn't be necessary in the first place.

See the related previous post: Norwegian Minister Wants Muslims In Norway To Modernize.

Update:French publishing house Yves Michalon, under pressure of death threats and internal opposition, has dropped plans to publish a French translation of Robert Spencer's Islam Unveiled: Disturbing Questions About the World's Fastest Growing Faith. Translator Guy Milliere says that in France it has become fashionable to claim that anyone who criticises Islam is guilty of Islamophobia.

Soon after the book’s publication was approved in France last April, its translator, French writer Guy Milliere, began to receive death threats.


For his part, Spencer calls the cancellation of his book’s publication “...a symptom of the Islamic agenda in France and the silencing of non-Muslims as ‘dhimmis’.”

“What you have here is a subjugation of public opinion in France,” he said. “It’s ironic. If you don’t say Islam is a religion of peace, they will kill you. My book doesn’t advocate murdering anyone. It only investigates questions about Islam, but it is so threatening that they’ll kill to silence it.”

In light of this turn of events Mayor Keller is actually being fairly brave by French standards by standing up in some small way to fundamentalist Islam.

For more on Robert Spencer see Robert Spencer on the Nature of Islam and David Klinghoffer on Islam and Non-Believers, For more on Guy Milliere see Guy Milliere says France No Longer A Western Country and FrontPage Symposium: The Death of France?.

Also see related posts Headscarves And Islam In France And Turkey and Theodore Dalrymple on French Ghettoes.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2003 November 21 06:10 PM  Civilizations Decay

X said at December 8, 2003 10:38 PM:

Even though I'm not fan of Islam, I don't like the idea of the State telling you how to teach your religion. So what if women wear headscarves if they choose to do so.

rag said at December 19, 2004 10:54 AM:

Evil Killers , Mass Murders, Rapist, and LIARS call themselves islamic muslims and pray to a ( moon god ) they call allah, Muslims scream (allah akbar) as they cut off heads of people who will not pray to their MOON GOD. Their lives are orchestrated by an evil book called the (qur’an). Muslims are killing thousands of Innocent Children, Women, and Men, God Have Mercy. As a group of people they are some, if not the most Evil the world as ever seen. Learn of them, fear them, OR pray to their Moon God. They teach their children that only Allah fearing muslims are worthy of life and after life. Their aim is to destroy us, they respect nothing; not even the lives of children. Every day there are bombings, every day innocent people are targeted and murdered. Unthinkable atrocities take place on daily basis. Terrorism is not an ideology, it is a tool; but the terrorists kill for an ideology. They call that ideology Islam. The entire world, both Muslims and non-Muslims claim that the terrorists have hijacked the religion of peace and Islam does not condone violence. Who is right? Do the terrorists understand Islam better, or do those who decry them? The answer to this question is the key to our victory, and failure to find that key will result in our loss and death will be upon us. The key is in the Quran and the history of Islam. Those of us, who know Islam, know that the terrorists of Islam are doing nothing that their prophet did not do and did not encourage his followers to do. Murder, rape, assassination, beheading, massacre and sacrilege of the dead, to delight the hearts of the believers were all practiced by Muhammad, were taught by him and were observed by Muslims throughout their history. If truth has ever mattered, it matters most now! The root of Islamic terrorism is Islam. The proof of that is the Quran. No matter how painful the truth may be, only truth can set us free, Why so much denial? A nuclear disaster is upon us. This will happen. It is not a question of "if" but "when". How many more innocent lives will be lost before YOU open your eyes? A nuclear disaster is upon us. We urge the Muslims to leave Islam. Stop with excuses, justifications and rationalizations,stop dividing mankind into us vs. them and Muslims vs. Kafirs. We are One people, One mankind! Muhammad was not a messenger of God. Terrorists take their moral support and the validation for their actions from the Qu'ran. Your very adherence to the Islamic cult of death, is a nod of approval for their evil crimes against humanity. We also urge the non-Muslims to stop being politically correct, lest they hurt the sensitivities of the Muslims. To Hell with their sensitivities! Let us save their lives,and the lives of millions of innocent people. Millions, if not billions of lives will be lost if we do nothing. Time is running out! All it takes for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing. Do something! Send this message to everyone in your address book and ask them to do the same. Defeat Islam and stop terrorism, one billion dead evil muslims is not to many if it saves humanity. Together lets say to HELL WITH MUSLIMS, THE Qu'ran, an the pedofile, pervert, murderer Muhammad (as he burns in HELL),.. Allah, evil God of the Qur'an, Qur'an evil doctrine of nasty, brain dead, weak minded, not quit human muslims. ALL 9/11 terroist where muslims, all suicide bombers are muslims, all TOWELHEADS are Muslims, do not let muslims live in your towns, they will destroy your way of life and cause you much evil as they change your laws to comply to their lislamic laws of the Qu'ran. Muslims CAN NOT live in peace, even with eachother. Example: Muslims hate more that they love their childern,Muslims will tie a bomb on their own children to kill another human. God Have Mercy.

Keos said at January 3, 2005 1:15 PM:

Rag, have you ever heard the sentence "a fanatic is someone who can't change his mind and won't change the subject" ?
I believe it was Churchill.
I hope, I really do, that your post was just a excessive attempt at sarcasm since you critize by generalising a belief that has been perverted by people who don't understand their own religion. Yet you have the right to invoke the mercy of your own God against them?

You sound like a fanatic yourself, and contrary to the saying an enemy of my enemy is not a friend.

As for the French banning headscarfs... it seems a direct assult on their "Liberte, Egalite et Fraternite" to disguise this they banned all highly visible religious symbols (large crosses, headscarfs, stars...) in a law written so twistedly that It would make a true french laywer proud of his language. Stating that schools are a none religious place... really? I never knew!

However I believe that I have yet heard of anyone being told to remve there cross necklace, By trying to inforce this aren't they simply trying to force them to change their beliefs (since mny muslim girls can no longer attend classes for fear of their family and surounding culture).

It seems that France have the right to tell people that to join there society they must first become the monotone grey that causes no clash with their own culture.
It seems that once again european society choses to accpet other cultures only if they blank out the bits we don't like, that shock us, that we can't understand.
I'm not for or against the headscarf but I believe it's not up to the french goverment to claim so moral high ground as normal.

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