November 10 Rally a Success
The November 10 rally against "Islamist fascism" that I announced in a previous post was a big success - two thousand five hundred persons came to express their pride in being French and to protest the presence of Islam in France. Below, Christine Tasin, of Résistance républicaine, reacts:
- The idea for this rally goes back to September and the violent reactions of the Muslims to the film Innocence of Muslims, and the problems Charlie Hebdo had. We thought we should bring together a large group of people around the idea of the dangers of Islamist fascism. What I don't understand is that the Muslims who are against terrorism are not here with us. If they are not with us, there is something wrong. They always say Islam and Islamism are not the same thing. Why aren't they here?
Note: Christine is feigning. She knows perfectly well why they aren't there, but she chooses her words carefully.
Below, a ten-minute video in which Pierre Cassen, one of the founders of Riposte Laïque explains the near-total blackout of media reporting on the event. The video is primarily for those who understand French. Unfortunately, I cannot take time to translate it in detail. Cassen explains that he received countless messages from sympathizers outraged that the media did not cover Saturday's demonstration. He is critical of AFP (Agence France Presse) for reporting that only a few hundred had demonstrated, and for pointing to his and his colleague Pascal Hilout's conviction last year for inciting to racial hatred. He says anyone reading the AFP notice would assume that a small group led by two convicted racists had demonstrated in Paris.
He complains bitterly about the way the press associates him and his website with the extreme-right, and mentions an incident in which his name appeared as part of an event he had no connection to. He says that no matter what they do they are assimilated with the extreme right. He reads a letter from a journalist complaining about the way he was described in an article in Riposte Laïque, and threatening to bring legal action if the article is not retracted. Finally, he says that the only contacts he has had with the press recently were with Swiss television and an American channel that interviewed him just before Saturday's rally.
Update: November 14, 2012 - The American channel in question turned out to be, not surprisingly, CBN. I have posted the video here.
But why is he surprised to be regarded by the press as part of the "extreme-right"? This was inevitable. In today's political structure, only the so-called extreme-right has patriotic feelings, and a realistic position on both Islam and the Socialist agenda. Even though Pierre Cassen and Christine Tasin come from the Left, they have rejected the basic principles of today's anti-racist pro-Islamic Left, and they end up, like it or not, on the extreme-right.
Furthermore, there is no patriotic, anti-Islam Establishment Right. The Establishment Right is not very different from the Establishment Left, give or take a few exceptional personalities.
Click this link, then click the long URL above the photo. That will lead you to a page of hundreds of photos of the rally - proof that it was a major event. How many French people who might have been interested were kept in the dark by a censuring media? Congratulations to Riposte Laïque and Résistance républicaine for their courage.