Some of the most prominent people in France may be finally realizing what conservatives have been saying for years: Diversity is not always a strength, and “tolerance” of people who are clearly incompatible with western society is not wise.
They may have used different words, but that is essentially the message sent by hundreds of French luminaries, including the former leader of the country.
“A group of 300 French politicians and artists demanded prominent Muslim leaders denounce Islamic anti-Semitism and declare anti-Christian and anti-Jewish verses in the Quran outdated,” reported The Daily Caller.
“Former President Nicolas Sarkozy, actor Gerard Depardieu and singer Charles Aznavour numbered among the group, which issued a manifesto in Le Parisien newspaper on Sunday,” the outlet continued.
The manifesto is meant to take on a disturbing trend in France that America has been well aware of since at least 9/11, which is Islamic teachings are being used to justify violence and the persecution of other religions, especially Jews and Christians.
“The statement urges prominent Muslims to denounce anti-Jewish and anti-Christian references in the Quran as outdated so ‘no believer can refer to a holy text to commit a crime,'” explained the Associated Press. “It also calls for combating anti-Semitism ‘before it’s too late.'”
As we’ve previously reported, French Jews are facing increased persecution, and much of the problem is connected to a surge in Islamic immigration.
“What upsets me is that in some areas of France, Jews can no longer live peacefully, and that just five minutes from my home, some are forced to hide their kippas (skullcaps) or their Star of David,” said Moshe Lewin, who leads a synagogue in Seine-Saint-Denis, France.
The manifesto itself referenced at least 11 French Jews who have been murdered based on their religion, to say nothing of terrorist attacks such as the shocking Bataclan massacre. The letter’s authors called out the trend of Islam being protected as off-limits for criticism.
“Why the silence? It is because radical Islam is considered exclusively by some of the elite French parties as an expression of social revolt,” the document explained, according to The Times of Israel.
Those who support the manifesto are calling on moderate Muslim leaders to stand with them and denounce verses in the Koran that are most often used to justify terrorism and violence.
The verses should “be struck from the theological authorities… so that no believer may rely on this sacred text to commit a crime,” the manifesto says.
“We ask that the fight against the democratic weakness that is anti-semitism will become a national cause before it is too late,” concluded the letter. “Before France is no longer France.”
On the one hand, it is promising to see well-known French leaders and celebrities finally speaking out about the problems within Islam. For far too long, Muslim extremism has been shielded from criticism by liberals who seem to believe that “tolerance” of radical teachings is more important than truth.
On the other hand, it remains to be seen if this manifesto will do anything to fix the problem.
France and Europe have been in denial about Islamic teachings and mass immigration for a long time, and have willingly imported hordes of people who see western culture as something to be dominated and destroyed.
Of course, there is also a danger that “cherry picking” portions of a religion which don’t meet secular society’s whims, and then demanding that those teachings be rejected, could set an unwanted precedent.
It isn’t difficult to imagine the same tactics being turned against Christianity in an attempt to scold its teachings on topics like gay marriage or abortion. The difference, of course, is that 21st century Christians don’t tend to behead people when critics speak out.
Using a stern letter against radical Islam is a bit like trying to stop a tsunami with a paper towel, but at least the French people are finally waking up to reality.
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