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France Steps up Struggle Against Religious Radicals [Moslems & "hardline, traditionalist Catholics"]
Reuters ^ | 12/12/12 | Tom Heneghan

Posted on 12/12/2012 9:49:55 PM PST by marshmallow

(Reuters) - France will deport foreign-born imams and disband radical faith-based groups, including hardline traditionalist Catholics, if a new surveillance policy signals they suffer a "religious pathology" and could become violent.

A French Islamist shooting spree last March that killed three soldiers and four Jews showed how quickly religiously radicalized people could turn to force, Interior Minister Manuel Valls told a conference on the official policy of secularism.

His warning came two days after President Francois Hollande announced the creation of an agency to track how the separation of church and state is upheld in this traditionally Catholic country with Europe's largest Muslim and Jewish minorities.

Valls and two other cabinet ministers told the conference on Tuesday evening the Socialist-led government would stress the secularist policy called "laicite" that they said was weakened under the previous conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy.

"The aim is not to combat opinions by force, but to detect and understand when an opinion turns into a potentially violent and criminal excess," he said.

"The objective is to identify when it's suitable to intervene to treat what has become a religious pathology," said Valls, whose ministry oversees relations with religions.

France's official secularism sidelines faith in the public sphere, but a trend towards a more visible religious identity among some Muslims, Jews and Catholics has made defending it a cause for the traditionally secularist left-wing parties.


Valls stressed the focus would be not only on radical Salafi Muslims recruiting among disaffected youths, but also on groups such as Civitas, a far-right lay Catholic movement that protests aggressively against what it calls insults to Christianity.

Police were already observing Civitas closely because its protest campaigns skirt "the limits of legality," he said. "All excesses are being minutely registered in case we have to consider dissolving.....

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TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Islam; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: france

1 posted on 12/12/2012 9:50:01 PM PST by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

Catholics who “could become violent” sounds like a bigger threat to them than Muslims who are violent. And who gets to determine which people “could become violent”?

3 posted on 12/12/2012 9:58:51 PM PST by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: marshmallow

By “far right Catholics”, they mean the faithful remnant of French culture before it got obliterated by the Jacobins.

4 posted on 12/12/2012 9:59:19 PM PST by Shadow44
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To: marshmallow

Here we go...

5 posted on 12/12/2012 10:02:28 PM PST by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: Tzar

....yes, and a useful distraction it is.
But when the Jews and Christians are silenced....what will you have?

6 posted on 12/12/2012 10:11:22 PM PST by Ouchthatonehurt
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To: marshmallow

A sigh of relief rises from the Huguenots.

7 posted on 12/12/2012 10:12:33 PM PST by VR-21
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To: marshmallow

“Giving examples of religious extremists, he mentioned creationists in the United States and the Muslim world, radical Islamists, ultra-traditionalist Catholics and ultra-Orthodox Jews who want to live separately from the modern world.”

“Minister Valls then went on to give examples of the deadliest animals, mentioning turtles, frogs, sparrows and tigers. Valls ended his remarks with his opinion of some of the most dangerous medical conditions, naming athlete’s foot, warts, dandruff and hantavirus.”


8 posted on 12/12/2012 10:25:33 PM PST by Ransomed
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To: marshmallow

Muslims should have read a bit of French history, because then they might have learned what happened on St. Bartholomew’s Day back in 1572.

Note that the French also dealt with the ‘leaders’ of the undesirables back then as they are doing now.

“’Bout time” sez the Guru.


9 posted on 12/12/2012 10:32:07 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."..)
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To: Telepathic Intruder; marshmallow

Joan of Arc: Call your office!

10 posted on 12/12/2012 10:54:42 PM PST by BlackElk (Dean of Discipline, Tomas de Torquemada Gentlemen's Society. Broil 'em now!!!)
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