2013: The Year France Confronts Islam?

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PostFri Jan 04, 2013 10:10 am » by *WillEase*


January 4, 2013 • From theTrumpet.com
How a New Year’s celebration reveals France’s divided society
BY RICHARD PALMER

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A picture taken on January 1, 2013, shows burnt cars collected by city employees during the New Year’s Eve in Strasbourg, eastern France.
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Fireworks are the most traditional way to celebrate the New Year. But there are other traditions. In Japan, Buddhist monks hit a gong 108 times. In Spain, people eat 12 grapes. And in certain French cities, they burn cars.

That’s right. The New Year’s Eve car burning has become so regular it is almost a tradition. Every year, youths run riot. This time, 1,193 cars were burned.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/eur ... -headlines

Naturally, the story has gathered a lot of media attention. But all the mainstream reports on the subject are strangely vague about one thing—who is doing the burning. Every student of journalism learns that his or her article should answer the “five Ws”: who, what, when, where and why (and sometimes “how”). Who is invariably listed first.

Why have so many journalists suddenly forgotten their basic training?

It’s tempting to look for a conspiracy, but the answer is more likely political correctness combined with laziness (or tight deadlines). Perhaps the French media are keeping quiet for fear that publishing the truth will pour oil on the flames.

Who are these rioting youths? The mainstream reports contain the hints necessary to put it all together.

“The practice reportedly began in earnest among youths—often in poor neighborhoods—in the 1990s in the region around Strasbourg in eastern France,” writes the Associated Press. Strasbourg is the home of France’s biggest mosque and a large population of Muslims.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/eur ... -headlines

Car burning “also became a voice of protest during the fiery unrest by despairing youths from housing projects that swept France in the fall of 2005,” continues AP. “At the time, police counted 8,810 vehicles burned in less than three weeks.

“Yet even then, cars were not burned in big cities like Paris, and that remained the case this New Year’s Eve. [Interior Minister Manuel] Valls said the Paris suburban region of Seine-Saint-Denis, where the 2005 unrest started, led the nation for torched cars, followed by two eastern regions around Strasbourg.”

Who rioted in 2005? At the time, the New York Times wrote that “a majority of the youths committing the acts are Muslim, and of African or North African origin.” Seine-Saint-Denis is heavily Muslim.
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/11/07/inter ... page&_r=1&

Even the Iranian state-owned Press TV notes the connection between car burning and Muslim districts. “While not a single car was burned in Paris, its suburban region of Seine Saint Denis led the nation in torchings,” it wrote. “Heavily Muslim and just as heavily impoverished, the area has 75 percent of the population of Paris, but Paris is protected by five times as many police officers.”
http://presstv.com/detail/2013/01/03/28 ... years-eve/

Whether you believe that Muslims are rioting (à la the right-wing blogosphere) or that French police refuse to protect France’s poor Muslim districts (à la Press TV), it’s clear France has a problem with Islam.
http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/3523/ ... -of-france

And that’s becoming obvious to the French too. They can hardly escape it after last year’s shocking attacks on Jews.

This week, the Gatestone Institute, a U.S.-based think tank, published a comprehensive report titled “The Islamization of France” detailing Islam’s confrontations with French society.

“In August, the French government announced a plan to boost policing in 15 of the most crime-ridden parts of France, in an effort to reassert state control over the country’s so-called ‘no go’ zones (Muslim-dominated neighborhoods that are largely off limits to non-Muslims),” it wrote.

These zones “include heavily Muslim parts of Paris, Marseilles, Strasbourg, Lille and Amiens,” according to the report—in other words, the areas where people burn cars.

Obviously the government’s plan hasn’t succeeded.

But the Gatestone Institute’s report notes that French attitudes to Islam are changing. “Opinion surveys show that to voters in France … Islam and the question of Muslim immigration have emerged in 2012 as a top-ranked public concern,” it writes. “The French, it seems, are increasingly worried about the establishment of a parallel Muslim society there.”

The government’s efforts, however, “were halting and halfhearted,” the report said.

A survey published in October last year found that 60 percent believe Islam has become “too visible and influential.” Forty-three percent said the presence of Muslim immigrants is a threat to French national identity, compared to 17 percent who said it enriches society. Sixty-three percent oppose Muslim women wearing veils or Islamic headscarves in public. Only 18 percent support the building of new mosques.

“Our poll shows a further hardening in French people’s opinions,” said the head of the French Institute of Public Opinion’s polling department, Jerome Fourquet. “In recent years, there has not been a week when Islam has not been in the heart of the news for social reasons: the veil, halal food, dramatic news like terrorist attacks or geopolitical reasons.”

The most headline-grabbing resistance to radical Islam came from the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Islamists firebombed its offices in November 2011 after it published cartoons of Mohammed. Its response? This week it published Mohammed’s biography in cartoon form.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340 ... 60,00.html

Over a thousand years ago, France was at the heart of the clash between Islam and Europe’s Christian civilization. Now, as home to the EU’s largest Muslim population, it is at the heart of that clash once again.

The politics haven’t changed to reflect this. But the people have.

Whether you blame the Muslim immigrants, or French society, it’s clear that France is bitterly divided. Animosity and even hatred are building on both sides.

Many conservatives worry that Islam will overrun Europe. But this belief neglects history. When has Europe not reacted to this kind of threat? The norm is to overreact—or invent threats to react to.

European civilization will not lay down and die. Already the French people are turning on Islam. Will 2013 be the year they push their politicians to do the same?

The push will come sooner or later. The Bible prophesies that Europe will take the lead against radical Islam. For more information on this, see our article “Catholic Europe vs. Islamic Hordes: Round 2".

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PostFri Jan 04, 2013 10:22 am » by Iwanci


I think France needs to deal with its very liberal migration and assylum policies first, the stem of their problems is that they have taken in too many people and their economy cannot sustain them. The consequences of this are being seen.. Islam is only providing thos hot hardest with the common ground they need to bandy together... from there anything is possible.

People need a sense of belonging, Islam is providing them with such.
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PostFri Jan 04, 2013 1:41 pm » by Perronick


Yet France is still very active meddling in North Africa.

And poor people get their cars burned. Poor people always pay the bill.

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PostFri Jan 04, 2013 1:48 pm » by Fatdogmendoza



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PostFri Jan 04, 2013 2:18 pm » by Perronick


Fatdogmendoza wrote:FRANCE?

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PostFri Jan 04, 2013 2:32 pm » by Phaeton


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PostFri Jan 04, 2013 3:39 pm » by Phoenix rising


Such a backward mentality to protest, fuck the environment up even more, Well done you guys! :clapper: :bang; :bang; :bang; :bang; :bang; :bang; :sheep: :sheep: :sheep: :sheep: :sheep: :sheep:


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PostFri Jan 04, 2013 4:13 pm » by monica44


I do know that the president of France has had talks with Germany over Muslims taking to the streets of Paris etc to plonk themselves in the road to pray to Allah, That was a while back now, but with Islam now being the worlds leading religion i cannot foresee things getting better only worse, there are talks about Sharia law being brought into the UK, when that happens all hope for sense and justice will be gone. I cannot for the life of me why in times of supposed enlightenment are people converting to that or any religion in their droves, are they so blinded to the fact that belonging to any religion is like giving up your personal sovereign rights away to another human being who tells you what do think etc.. :bang; :bang;
Because of political correctness gone wrong bigtime i cannot see anything changing anytime soon, more is the pity. :badair:
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PostFri Jan 04, 2013 8:37 pm » by Phaeton


monica44 wrote:I cannot for the life of me why in times of supposed enlightenment are people converting to that or any religion in their droves, are they so blinded to the fact that belonging to any religion is like giving up your personal sovereign rights away to another human being who tells you what do think etc.. :bang; :bang;
Because of political correctness gone wrong bigtime i cannot see anything changing anytime soon, more is the pity. :badair:


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PostFri Jan 04, 2013 8:52 pm » by monica44


I said supposed, and given that in the UK, we have adverts shoved down our throats begging for money to give to the poor nations, they are appealing to the fact we should be grateful for our lot, that we in western world are supposed to believe that we are living in enlightened times, but you are right phaeton, unfortunately, we are not, because there would be no war or famine, disease or want if we were.
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