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March 12, 2011

Re: Sarkozy sacks Muslim "diversity minister" who called on Muslims to quit ruling party over upcoming hearings on Islam

Topics: International News, Understanding Islam

Robert Spencer points out that the U.S. isn't the only country holding hearings on Muslim extremism and Islam. France has its own hearings coming up on how "'the practice of religions may be compatible with the rules of the secular republic', and secondly 'the question of Islam in France'." And as has been the case here in the U.S., and as is always the case, it's "Islamophobic" to suggest anything other than the idea that everything is fine, or not to wait patiently and indefinitely for Muslims in France to set their own house in order:

The "diversity minister" went so far as to "[compare] the situation of French Muslims to that of Jews during World War II and said the debate had been planned by a 'handful of neo-Nazis'."

Same tactics as ever: 1.) Deflect attention by appropriating victim status, and 2.) try to silence the discussion by implying that anything that even potentially casts Islam in a negative light is tantamount to inciting hate crimes.

Perhaps the Union for a Popular Movement should turn the tables and say they are calling hearings on "Francophobia."

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Posted by Richard at March 12, 2011 8:28 AM

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