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Jay Currie

One Damn Thing After Another


Islam in France

"The Crisis of Islam" is real. Regardless of whether France is at war against Islam the fact is that Islam is at war with itself. Only Muslims can help their religion evolve towards modernity. Only Muslims can interpret all the violent statements against Jews and Christians contained in Koran as parts of a past history. Only Muslims can define jihad not as war against non-Muslims but rather as a personal and interior fight against evil. Only they can abolish the belief that women are inferior to men and that non-Muslims are inferior to Muslims. Only they can accept secularism, freedom and democracy.
Jean-Christophe Mounicq writes an interesting article about the intersection of the West's, particularily France's, recognition that radical Islam is a direct threat at home and the Muslim world's seeming inability to reign in its radicals. For the French, the banning of the headscarf is an attempt to assert the fundamental French concept of secularism in the face of a huge and somewhat radical Muslim population. Worth reading.