French Muslims vote for la dhimmocracie
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.