Macron is entirely correct. Too many countries have grown accustomed to being delicate with Islamic sensibilities and have allowed Islamic special interest groups to terrorize their societies by defaming and demonizing critics of Islam and those who offend the religion, and even moving toward criminalizing such criticism. Canada’s “anti-Islamophobia” Motion M-103 is a shameful example of that.
Macron’s comments follow the republication of Muhammad cartoons by Charlie Hebdo. Meanwhile, France foiled “at least 6” jihad attacks in recent months, and French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said that “radical Islamic terrorism still posed the biggest security threat to France,” and that fighting “against Islamist terrorism is a high priority of the government.”
In June, French forces killed Abdelmalek Droukdel, a highly influential leader in the al-Qaeda Maghreb, who called for a “gentler, kinder” al-Qaeda to establish Sharia, not only in North Africa but worldwide.
France has also tried to palm off its Muslim migrant problem on Britain, which is a backhanded way of indicating that it is coming to recognize what a big mistake it made in the first place in implementing globalist open-door policies. What France should be doing is deporting illegal Muslim migrants and unapologetically protecting its borders from the hijra, as does Hungary.
“Macron decries ‘Islamic separatism’, defends right to blaspheme,” Associated Press, September 4, 2020:
French President Emmanuel Macron criticised what he called “Islamic separatism” in his country and those who seek French citizenship without accepting France’s “right to commit blasphemy”.
Macron on Friday defended satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which published caricatures of Prophet Muhammad that helped inspire two French-born men to mount a deadly January 2015 attack on the paper’s newsroom.
The weekly republished the images this week as the trial began of 14 people over the attacks on Charlie Hebdo and on a kosher supermarket.
Speaking at a ceremony on Friday celebrating France’s democratic history and naturalising new citizens, the French president said: “You don’t choose one part of France. You choose France … The Republic will never allow any separatist adventure.”
Freedom in France, Macron said, includes: “The freedom to believe or not to believe. But this is inseparable from the freedom of expression up to the right to blasphemy.”
Noting the trial that opened on Wednesday, he said, “To be French is to defend the right to make people laugh, to criticise, to mock, to caricature.”
The 2015 attacks killed 17 people and marked the beginning of a wave of violence by the ISIL (ISIS) armed group in Europe.
Macron’s centrist government has promised a law in the coming months against “Islamic separatism” but it is not yet clear exactly what it would police….