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France creates Muslim council (NOUS RENDONS ALERT)
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| December 20, 2002
| BBC News
Posted on 12/20/2002 5:08:47 AM PST by MadIvan
The council will bring relations with Muslims into the open
French officials and Muslim leaders have agreed to the creation of the first body to represent the country's five million Muslims - Europe's largest community.
The breakthrough comes after several years of efforts to formalise relations between Muslims and the government.
These efforts were spurred on by the 11 September attacks in the United States.
A final round of talks began on Thursday near Paris after Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy persuaded the country's three main Islamic organisations to settle their differences and work together.
The new body will be called the French Council for the Muslim Religion, and will be the equivalent of the UK's Muslim Council.
Analysts say the government wants to encourage a home-grown, liberal version of Islam, and to dispel hostility to Islam by bringing it into the open.
"What we should be afraid of is Islam gone astray, garage Islam, basement Islam, underground Islam. It is not the Islam of the mosques, open to the light of day," Mr Sarkozy said last week.
He was expected to preside over the conclusion of the talks on Friday, which have been attended by representatives of seven Muslim federations and five large mosques.
The council is equivalent to a similar body created for Jews 200 years ago.
It is expected to be headed by Dalil Boubakeur, the rector of the Paris mosque.
Its 11 members will be part-elected and part-appointed, to ensure "a balance of views", the text of the agreement says.
Its tasks will include arranging chaplaincies in the army and prisons, acquiring burial sites, delivering "halal" meat certificates, organising the pilgrimage to Mecca and building new mosques and prayer halls.
Despite the size of its Muslim population, France has few large-scale mosques.
Most worshippers make do with small and sometimes dingy prayer rooms, leading to widespread allegations of discrimination.
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KEYWORDS: france; islam; surrender
Well those of you who wondered when France was going to surrender, here you are.
posted on 12/20/2002 5:08:47 AM PST
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posted on 12/20/2002 5:09:15 AM PST
The Frogs have decided to treat the Muslims as a separate nation, so the Muslims won't kill them? I thought when you moved to another country you became a citizen of that country. Oh it's Eurarabia, never mind.
posted on 12/20/2002 5:11:38 AM PST
Well, GB isn't far behind in its own Islamicization.
posted on 12/20/2002 5:15:06 AM PST
We have a similar sized population to France, and yet have less than half the numbers of Muslims they do.
posted on 12/20/2002 5:15:56 AM PST
It's simply a matter of time, with their birth rates and your liberal immigration laws.
The US isn't far behind either.
posted on 12/20/2002 5:21:11 AM PST
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In the US it's a race to an Hispanic US. Give it 30 years, and watch the S.W. US seceede.
posted on 12/20/2002 5:35:09 AM PST
by banjo joe
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Yup--Islam is dispersed in so many place, the French wanted to know where to tender the surrender papers. Yves St. Laurent burquas, Chanel abayas, hijab from the great fashion houses! Burn down the vinyards! Purdah on le Rive Gauche!
Muslim custom does require depilation, so French women will have to shave their bodies...
posted on 12/20/2002 5:41:21 AM PST
Ah yes, now it begins again...
Juifs a la port!
Be Seeing You,
posted on 12/20/2002 5:43:16 AM PST
This is why Americans need to fiercely defend their First Amendment *separation of church and state.* If the French want to cede their national sovereignity to the wahoobis, it's their funeral. Just wait - next thing you know, this "council" is going to start pressing for *separate laws* for French Muslims, vs. everyone else. They'll argue that "normal" French law doesn't apply to them; instead, they should have "their Muslim representatives" not only speak for them but legislate for them as well. From that point on it's only a short road to sha'riah, especially if the French Muslims reproduce and the European French don't.
I'm stunned there are 5 million Muslims in France.I also wonder how many now live in the USA now.
posted on 12/20/2002 3:43:33 PM PST
posted on 12/20/2002 3:43:59 PM PST
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France creates Muslim council
Those Frogs stink!
posted on 12/21/2002 4:24:20 AM PST
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