Monday, February 05, 2007

How Did France Reach This Point?

Last September Robert Redeker, a French high-school philosophy teacher and author of several scholarly books, published an opinion piece in Le Figaro entitled "What should the free world do in the face of Islamist intimidation?"

His piece concluded that while Judaism and Christianity are religions whose rites reject and delegitimise violence, Islam is a religion that, in its own sacred text, as well as in its everyday rites, exalts violence and hatred.

The article was posted on the internet, translated into Arabic, and widely distributed. Within a day, it was being condemned on Al-Jazeera TV and the offending issue of Le Figaro was banned in Egypt and Tunisia. Redeker received a large number of threatening emails. He was condemned to death on one Muslim site, which posted his address and a photograph of his home.

So did his colleagues step up and defend Robert Redeker?
Of course not.
They sold him out.

The communist mayor of Redeker's town condemned him, the headmaster of his school complained that he had included his affiliation at the end of the article, France's two largest teachers' unions, both socialist, issued statements saying they did not share Redeker's convictions. The leading leftist human-rights organisations denounced his irresponsible declarations and putrid ideas. The French Education Minister, Gilles de Robien, criticised Redeker.

Judging from this response, it's apparent that large sectors of the French intellectual and political establishment have sold out their rights to free speech and open discussion.
When it comes to Islam, as opposed to Christianity or Judaism, freedom of speech must respect definite limits.

So what happened to Redeker and his family?

Redeker and his family went into hiding. Five months later they are still living in secrecy.
Viva la France!

21 Comments:

At 9:55 AM, Blogger beakerkin said...

There is no First Amendment in Europe. Europe is finnished and maybe Canada will fall next.

 
At 11:59 AM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

Great sounding the truth about the appeasers of the world..France. They are beneath contempt..did u hear how Chirac claimed there wasnt much of a terrorist threat?...whats in his wine AC!?

 
At 1:10 PM, Blogger Brooke said...

Looks like Redeker was correct, and for the insolence of speaking THE TRUTH he and his family will pay.

Viva la France, indeed.

 
At 2:48 PM, Blogger Eyes said...

Yep that sounds like typical French appeasement...

 
At 3:52 PM, Blogger John Brown said...

Everyone knows that France is Catholic:

So why didn't this ass clown write about how the NaziPope.

Or Child Molesting priests.

Or Slave-Trader evangelicals?

Christianity has no blood on its hands... the kids who harvest diamonds have lost them to warlord missionaries.

It's all about Sky-Goblins, deep knee bends, and enforced obedience.

An opiate of the ignorant masses, indeed.

 
At 3:53 PM, Blogger John Brown said...

By "them", I meant their hands.

Kids get their hands cut off so that Christian missionaries can make money off diamonds.

 
At 5:25 PM, Blogger Mad Zionist said...

France is still Vichy, what did you expect?

 
At 6:17 PM, Blogger Always On Watch Two said...

I think that Abdul Rahman is also still in hiding--in Italy, I believe.

Redeker found out just how much academic freedom really means.

 
At 7:58 PM, Blogger Obob said...

the truth shall set you free, as long you don't live in France and speak honest dialogue about Islam. But it is the French and courage is rare and imported.

 
At 7:11 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

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At 7:15 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

John Brown said "So why didn't this ass clown write about how the NaziPope?"

Apparently you missed the point. He could have written anything he wanted about Catholicism. There would not have been any public outcry or demonstrations or need for him and his family to go into seclusion.

I wonder why you brought up Catholicism, Evangelical Christians and Christian missionaries?
Unlike Islamic clerics, Catholic priests who commit child molestation have not only committed criminal acts but have also violated church teachings.
How many priest marry nine-year-old girls?
Evangelical Christians do not use forced conversions. Those that have happened in the past were also violations of church teachings.

Christian missionaries do not preach jihad, nor do they condone violence against non-Christians.
I do not recall ever seeing a sign that said "behead all who do not believe in Jesus"

You also stated that "everyone knows France is Catholic"
There is a major difference from being a Catholic and from claiming to be Catholic.
To be Catholic, one must follow the sacraments and attend church regularly.

Religion has declined dramatically in France with only 40% attending church regularly.

I believe that if France had retained its Catholic heritage, Islam would never have had the success it is having now.

Finally...if this was Venezuela would you have brought up Catholicism?

 
At 8:20 AM, Blogger Urban_Infidel said...

Disgusting and not surprising.

France is also the same country who named a street after cop-killer Mumia whats-his-face. It is a country that is both religiously and militarily weak. Ripe for the pickin's. Just like the rest of Europe.

A teacher in Britain was recently fired for using the words 'muslim' and 'terrorists' in the same sentence describing the attacks in London.

 
At 9:00 AM, Blogger Elmer's Brother said...

john bwown....loser extraordinaire is still comparing apples and oranges....

speaking of opiates you might try some...perhaps then you would make some sense

 
At 1:24 PM, Blogger Mr. Ducky said...

My, my, the French Daniel Pipes, Robert Spencer or B'at Shiite (pick) was told by his peers to take a freakin' walk.

Maybe the guys just an 85 I.Q. bigot who deserves to get lost.

 
At 1:50 PM, Blogger Elmer's Brother said...

well that would be twice your IQ duhkkky

 
At 2:26 PM, Blogger American Crusader said...

So basically you support suppression of free speech ducky?

 
At 4:13 PM, Blogger Freedomnow said...

Ducky,

What was the difference between you and John Brown again?...

 
At 4:56 PM, Blogger John Brown said...

AC,

I watch the 700 Club all the time to watch Pat Robertson preach jihad. In fact, I've got an episode on tape when he took out battle maps of Afghanistan back in 2001 (when delusional fools thought white imperialists could occupy that country - funny, huh?)

The Pope was all for Uncle Sam's genocidal jihad against El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras 25 years ago.

I guess that doesn't count.

And regarding Venezuela, of course, the Catholic Church wanted Chavez out of office almost as badly as Uncle Sam. Back in 2002, when Uncle Sam's Abbas-like stooges kidnapped Chavez at gunpoint, the Catholic Church was fondling their way to ecstasy.

For its entire existance, the Christian Church has been a source of racism, reaction, homophobia, and misogny.

But why worry about that plank, when them crazy Islams got a speck... right?

Isn't that what Jesus says?

 
At 6:26 PM, Blogger Elmer's Brother said...

john bwown - how many Christians do you see strapping bombs on themselves and blowing ANYONE up? How many women do you see being stoned or hung by Christians for being raped? How many Christians do you see killing homosexuals for being homosexual?

no the plank is in Islam's eye. Have you taken your meds yet today?

 
At 9:25 PM, Blogger Elmer's Brother said...

tell me where robertson's training camps are....southern Virginia....got some video tapes of masked Christians carrying AK-47's?

 
At 3:08 PM, Anonymous religion of pieces said...

Absolutely terrifying. How a once peaceful English town has been turned into an Islamic hell-hole and its Christian inhabitants dhimmified:

http://lionheartuk.blogspot.com/2007/02/dunstable-death-threat-al-qaeda.html

 

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