"I Want An Islam Of France..."
Nicolas Sarkozy made an important television appearance a few days ago on A Vous de Juger (you be the judge) where he was interviewed by Olivier Duhamel on many topics, including Islam. His remarks have aroused websites such as France-Echos and Occidentalis to see both the dangerous side and the humorous side of the man who will probably be president of France in 5 months. The show has been termed a "success" due to his skill in answering questions, his general appearance and to his approval rating from the public. What exactly did he say?
I can only provide a sketch from the report in Occidentalis:
A good presentation - strategically and visually speaking - by Nicolas Sarkozy...A public hand-picked and courteous. One could feel little Nicolas was truly happy at the end. Everything was controlled and the candidate was already Official.
Oh dear, Nicolas could not stop himself from slipping and admitting the awful truth...
Not content with confusing racism and Islamophobia (which we would have to interpret as a justified fear of Islam, so it's not really a phobia), little Nicolas again repeated in public the admission that no one takes notice of...a little like the thief who tirelessly admits his crime to a policeman who does not believe him and who asks no questions...
Sarkozy refuses Islam IN France but claims to endorse an Islam OF France...
At this point in the article Occidentalis accuses Sarkozy of Islamophobia, the accusation Sarko himself has used many times to those critical of Islam. Their reasoning is that if Sarko has to refashion Islam so that it can become French, then he is admitting that something must be wrong with Islam in its original state:
Why should Nicolas Sarkozy refuse Islam and need to invent a local gimmick, a label with "of" in it? What does the word "of" do to automatically make Islam acceptable?
And then the second admission made in response to Olivier Duhamel who asked if Islam and laïcité are compatible...
Little Nicolas answered "yes", and could have stopped there...but since it happens that he tells the truth in spite of himself, he added:
"Mr. Duhamel, if I were to say "no", do you really think that we could kick out the 4-5 million people of Muslim culture?"
So not only is Sarkozy profoundly Islamophobic, since he refuses Islam as it really is, but in his heart, he feels that those who are part of it will create problems of integration into a "laïc" society (where Church and State are separated).
Did candidate Sarkozy draw the conclusions that inevitably result from this situation?
No. He did the exact opposite. He bets on the future, on things turning out OK, because things MUST turn out OK...and because "we" need to believe in it...despite everything...ignoring reality...
One Occidentalis reader separated Sarko's good points from his bad:
The position of Sarkozy on Islam is still ambiguous. One the one hand he scores points for his views:
- put a stop to foreign financing of Islam
- imams must speak French...
- absolute respect for the laws of the country
On the other hand his condemnation of Islamophobia as being comparable to anti-Semitism is very troubling. The ability to criticize Islam without concessions is an absolute necessity for the survival of the West. Likewise the right of foreigners outside of the EU to vote in elections is suicidal. What will Sarkozy do when the mayor of Trappes or Roubaix is Muslim...? We must remember and denounce these two points that endanger France.
Another reader adds:
Nicolas Sarkozy, who has an answer to everything, was unwilling to answer Olivier Duhamel's question on the compatibility of Islam and laïcité precisely because, like everyone else, he knows the answer and there is no ambiguity. The answer is NO! And when he asks: "and if I say no, do you think that I can just kick out the 4-5 million people of Muslim culture?", I would like to answer with another question: "and when, thanks to your Islam OF France, you will have helped accelerate the process of implanting Islam IN France, and they are no longer 5 million but 35 million, what will you propose then?
However another reader feels differently:
I liked his presentation...I believe this is a sincere man, a man of convictions...Do we have any choice but to vote for him? I don't think we do. The silence of Philippe de Villiers has disappointed me, and his lack of punch. As for Jean-Marie Le Pen, I stopped hoping a long time ago. And five years with the laxity of the Left, no thanks!
Marianne of Occidentalis intervenes and addresses those who might vote for Sarkozy:
Don't forget that Sarkozy was a lawyer and he knows very well how to express himself and how to handle the media and the theatrics that go along with it. If you want to know how he thinks you must focus on his actions...The technique of the former lawyer has been the same since he entered government: he utters unimpeachable truths (that he knows well since he has all the evidence in his hands) that the French people see in their daily lives. But more or less discretely he acts KNOWINGLY in contradiction with what he says in order to immobilize the blocked system in which our country finds itself. Thus he can climb to the controls of government. France and her people are of no importance to him, what IS important is to get power at any price!
Finally here is a video with a brief but pertinent excerpt of his speech:
Here is the translation:
France is multiple. France is diverse. Whether one likes it or not. The second religion of France is Islam. I want an Islam of France, I don't want an Islam in France. I demand therefore a Frenchification of Islam to make it compatible with the laws of the Republic."
The last sentence is repeated 3 times and then the video displays these words:
"Islam must be made compatible with France," Nicolas Sarkozy tells us.
For Islam is by nature incompatible with Western culture, its values and our life style.
A hateful warrior totalitarian religion, it does not have its place in France. Fight!
One last note: The creation of the word "Islamophobia" is unfortunate. The fear of Islam is justified, it is not a phobia curable through psychoanalysis. The equating of Islamophobia with anti-Semitism is the trick of a multiculturalist to make people feel guilty for being a "racist". The two words should be clarified and totally separated.