How do we know when a Muslim who is taking our side is sincere? How can we be sure we have not fallen into the trap of naively believing in the good faith of someone whose fiery speech and delivery are irresistible? Should we embrace in partnership a person of the Muslim religion just because he/she agrees with us on one or two basic issues of critical importance to our civilization?
I cannot answer those questions. I know my own reaction is one of extreme caution, and a preference for avoiding my adversary, even a "friendly" one.
A French woman of Algerian origin, born in Paris in 1958, has been making news at the Catholic websites for a number of months. Farida Belghoul who is a writer, film-maker and teacher, has come out passionately against the teaching of gender theory in the schools and has initiated a monthly boycott called the JRE, Journée de retrait de l'école, roughly translated "A day away from school", when parents keep their children at home in protest of school policies. She also supports German families who find themselves in similar straits: in Germany parents are sent to jail for refusing to send their children to school, or for home-schooling them.
The poster above announces her recent February 23 conference in Marseille. It reads:
Farida Belghoul, president of the JRE movement, is coming to Marseille to talk about the people's family movement that is uniting to save childhood from a dangerous ideology constituting an affront to the modesty and the integrity of our school children.
Numerous videos of Farida Belghoul protesting vigorously and eloquently her refusal of gender theory attest to her powers of persuasion and her sincerity. She is a much better speaker than either Christine Boutin (former minister of Housing under Sarkozy) or Béatrice Bourges (founder of le Printemps Français [The French Spring]), and probably as good as Marine Le Pen, if not better, since she is not held back by political strictures. For those who understand French this video, twenty-eight minutes long, is a good introduction to her style and her mission - to stop the teaching of gender theory in the schools. She denounces all those who promoted the theory, including minister of Education Vincent Peillon and minister of Women's rights Najat Vallaud-Belkacem. She shows clips from movies made especially for pedagogical purposes that aim to indoctrinate young children against "homophobia". And there is even a clip of Alain Finkielkraut from the 1980's, when the idea of gender theory began floating about, in which he expresses his disapproval.
But should leading Catholics partner with her? There is no reason why they should not, except that she is connected to the Égalité et Réconciliation movement of philosopher Alain Soral, the so-called mentor of Dieudonné M'Bala M'Bala, and professed "antisionist". The shadowy motives of ex-Marxist Soral, his need to be an important behind-the-scenes figure in the political life of France, his oscillations between leftist and rightist points of view, and his close connections to Muslim clerics in Iran are enough to make us hesitate to accept unquestioningly a Muslim woman, powerful speaker though she may be, who joins with Soral on the issue of gender. She would be more credible if she remained unconnected to such a person. Soral is difficult because some of what he says is true, but the force that drives him is his relentless hatred of Jews (through the artifice of antisionism). Whatever one thinks of him, he is not to be trusted or entrusted with the power to make policy.
Obviously, more precise information about both Soral and Belghoul will be forthcoming, insofar as I am able to do research.
The very secularist and atheist founder of Résistance Républicaine, Christine Tasin, denounces Farida Belghoul in no uncertain terms, and is convinced her goal is to establish religion, Islam in particular, as the dominant force in France. She expresses her alarm over the naiveté of the Catholics who believe in Belghoul's sincerity, blind to the underlying goals of this very lucid woman. Again, French readers can consult this article which I hope to translate tomorrow (Thursday) if possible.
There will be much more on the "collaboration" between Catholics and Muslims, and much to analyze, for if the two religions agree on these ethical questions, a bond may be established, and we may find the Catholics as the most ardent defenders of Muslims. Especially since both groups are violently opposed to the likes of atheists and sexual liberationists.
Labels: Alain Soral, Christianity, Christine Tasin, Education, Ethics/Morals, Farida Belghoul, Homosexuality, Intellectual Terrorism, Islam