France Will not Ban Minarets: Prime Minister

Dec 4, 2009 Full story: The Tocqueville Connection

France will not follow Switzerland's lead andban the construction of minarets as long as the towers blend in with the surroundings, Prime Minister Francois Fillon said Friday.

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“The Defiant Dhimmi”

Since: Apr 08

Scholar of the Obvious

#1 Dec 4, 2009
I bet the Swiss are just over joyed.

Maybe now all the Muslims will go to France instead.
Victor

Quispamsis, Canada

#3 Dec 4, 2009
Did he forget the Muslim hooligans torching 1400 vehicles in Paris?

bmz

Since: Mar 08

Singapore

#4 Dec 4, 2009
France will not follow Switzerland's lead andban the construction of minarets as long as the towers blend in with the surroundings, Prime Minister Francois Fillon said Friday.

"There are very few minarets in France and they must necessarily blend in with the urban and social environment, in a harmonious and reasonable manner," Fillon said in a speech delivered as part of France's national identity debate.

Switzerland's referendum vote to ban minarets reverberated in France, which is home to Europe's largest Muslim minority and is building big mosques inMarseille, Strasbourg and in Paris.

Fillon said the issue would be left to mayors to decide, based on urbanplanning regulations.

France's five million Muslims have fewer than 2,000 mosques or prayer houses, most of which are housed in small, modest halls, dubbed "basementmosques".

"I prefer mosques that are open, rather than dark basements," Fillon said.

"What we must fight is fundamentalism, but certainly not Muslims. We mustn't confuse everything."

The prime minister made the case that new mosques would allow a moderateIslam to emerge, one that is compatible with staunchly secular France.

"We must strive to develop a French Islam instead of having Islam imposed on France," he said.

Construction on the new mosque in Marseille, one of France's biggest, will begin in April and building plans provide for a tall 25-metre (82 feet) minaret.

Fillon said France respected all religions, but that "aggressive proselytism" would not be tolerated.

French far-right politicians have opposed new mosques and managed to block the building of new Muslim places of worship in several cities through various legal challenges.

A BVA poll released this week showed that 55 percent of the French opposed a ban on minarets and 54 percent said no referendum should be held on theissue.
Good report.
Good Old Rebel

Uniontown, PA

#5 Dec 5, 2009
The French have become losers and cowards. They love the wogs so much they will become wogs.

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