A New Mosque For Paris
While we're on the topic of the mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë, here are exceprts from an article by Joachim Véliocras , writing at Islamisation. It seems that every year Mayor Delanoë goes all out to celebrate the end of Ramadan. Last year he even requisitioned the Charléty Stadium for the festivities. Now he is going even further:
This time Delanoë is pushing the limits of collaborationism. Historians of the Second World War established a degree of difference between collaboration and collaborationism. Delanoë practices collaborationism.
In October 2006 the mayor inaugurated, in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, a preliminary center for an Institute of Muslim Culture, scheduled to open in 2011 and having the status of a foundation, thanks to its ties to university research.
City Hall tried to be reassuring: "a university center for training, research and documentation oriented towards the study of written works and of the modern practice of Islam."
As far as "university" is concerned, two professors who are members of the "Scientific Advisory Committee" maintain cordial relations with the UOIF - the French branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.
And as for the modern practice of Islam, that remains to be clarified.
For those who doubt the true mission of the institute, which will in fact be a mosque, you can read in an introduction provided by City Hall that the center will house "a dignified religious activity" and will provide "rooms permanently dedicated to the exercise of the faith, and other multi-purpose rooms that can serve as prayer rooms on crowded days, notably during the two great meetings on the Muslim calendar: aïd el fitr and aïd el adha."
It needs to be endlessly repeated that a mosque is not comparable to a church. It is a place that brings together under one roof an area for teaching, another for worship, a library, often a tea room... and tomorrow perhaps a French university?
Meanwhile, the taxpayers of Paris are going to prepare to fork over 10 million euros to develop 4000 square meters of terrain on the two definitive sites, 53-57 rue Polonceau and 56 rue Stephenson.
They are socialists in the name of "transmitting the diversity of cultures" (a phrase used by City Hall). They will pay joyfully.
The last time I checked, Paris had about 75 mosques and prayer rooms. Clearly it's time for another.