Sunday, April 15, 2007

French Muslims vote for la dhimmocracie

As France nears the climax of its presidential election campaign, Cranmer is fervently praying for Nicolas Sarkozy. Of course he spouts patriotically like any énarque about the wonders of the French economy, dreams delusions of a more French European Union, and fantasises like a latter-day Napoleon about the exalted place of France on the world stage (all of which Cranmer takes with a pinch of salt). But his greatest strength has been demonstrated by one issue upon which he has hitherto been resolute – the challenge posed by France’s five million Mohammedans.

France's largest conservative Muslim group, the Union of Muslim Organisations in France (UOIF), has been holding its annual conference in Paris. It has urged all Mohammedans to vote, and to make all candidates aware of ‘the fears and worries of the Muslim community’. Its president, Thami Breze, has urged the Islamic faithful to set aside all wider political considerations, and to make a choice ‘based on the position of the candidate regarding Islam’, because ‘Muslims will not vote for a candidate who does not respect their religion or who criticises their customs and their feelings, either in words or in behaviour’.

This stipulation is pregnant with meaning, and loaded with implications…for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear. The inference is that neither Islam nor the cultural traditions it has spawned may be questioned, Mohammed must be respected, and that offence may be caused and guilt established merely by an appeal to ‘feelings’. Msr Breze insists that France must commit itself to ‘welcoming its Muslim children’.

Indeed, indeed. Such hospitality is exhorted in Scripture, and it is incumbent upon civilised nations the world over. But what when those ‘Muslim children’, twenty years later, seek to make a nation unwelcoming of non-Muslims, repudiating other faiths, unaccepting of its own history, traditions and laws, and intolerant of criticism or scrutiny?

Nicolas Sarkozy fully understands the threat this poses to France’s fifth republic. He has already been judged to have offended Islam by his support of a satirical magazine which published cartoons of Mohammed.

He said: ‘I am not in favour of any kind of censorship, whether of men, ideas or religions’.

That sentence alone could make the once-great France great once again.


Anonymous TANFIELD said...

Your Grace,
This is my first contribution to your celebrated blog although I have been an admirer for some time.
Who will take a similar stand in the UK? Can you think of any major politician who is likely to do so
Vive M Sarkosczy !!

15 April 2007 at 18:31  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Mr Tanfield,

Welcome to His Grace's blog of intelligent and erudite comment upon matters religio-political.

There are a few Anglican bishops articulating such sentiments, but, alas, 'major politicians' need votes, and tend to find 'minor politicians' who voice such concerns to be something of a thorn in the flesh.

His Grace is not, however, without hope, and his hope keeps him joyful.

15 April 2007 at 19:53  
Anonymous Voyager said...

France has a republican consciousness which is a surrogate nationalism; it is a distinctly French "internationalism" based on the premiss that if the world is run from France all will be well.

In contrast Britain has become infected with what destroyed the French Third Republic - I append a reference to an interesting book:


Whereas France lived a republican myth which produced a King and three emperors - Napoleon; Louis Napoleon; and Charles de Gaulle and ended up as an Imperial Presidency in a Palace.....the British lived a Protestantism which gave them self-confidence that the world would be best administered by the British.

The decline of Protestantism as an ascetic and dynamic credo (outside Northern Ireland) has led to an implosion of English identity which was the motive force behind the British myth

It is offensive to see what many who call themselves Christians in modern Britain expound as belief, as it is so far from the ethos and traditions of Protestantism as to be a mockery of the values upon which the nation arose from mediocrity to greatness - something which only happened after the Tudors and Oliver Cromwell and lasted only as long as Protestant values were the cornerstone of the culture

15 April 2007 at 20:19  
Blogger The Scoffer said...

A point of order, Your Grace.

Sarko is not, in fact, an énarque, but a one-time student and non-grauduate of the sciences-po.

I know your grace does not make the false claim, so I add this only for clarification.

16 April 2007 at 22:25  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Mr Scoffer,

Welcome to His Grace's blog of intelligent and erudite comment upon matters religio-political.

His Grace has indeed read that Msr Sarkozy is an énarque, but it may be that they, as he, has simply presumed this, if only because it appears to be the prerequisite for all French politicos and the preferred method of philosophical inculcation for the maintenance of the Fifth Republic and of France's role within the EU.

If Msr Sarkozy is not, in fact, an énarque, this makes his election all the more imperative.

17 April 2007 at 07:34  
Anonymous Colin said...

"one issue upon which he has hitherto been resolute – the challenge posed by France’s five million Mohammedans."

I agree with His Grace that Sarkozy's electoral victory would be the lesser of the evils. However, I am wondering whether his anti-Muslim statements aren't the usual preelection rhetoric necessary for gaining more votes on the right of the political spectrum.

17 April 2007 at 21:02  
Anonymous Colin said...

With regard to dhimmocracie in Europe, it might be of interest that a major German newspaper published today an anti-Islamic article entitled Islamism - The third attack wave on Europe rolls. It is a translation of The 2007 Irving Kristol Lecture by the British historian Bernard Lewis given at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington.

17 April 2007 at 21:34  

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