Following a Tunisian Muslim migrant beheading an elderly Christian woman and massacring two other Christians in a church in Nice, the Associated Press published an article claiming that the French “incite anger” among Muslims because of their ” brutal colonial past ”and that of their president insensitive to their faith.
From the AP:
AP explains: Why France arouses such anger in the Muslim world
By ANGELA CHARLTON
PARIS (AP) – Many countries, especially in the democratic West, defend freedom of speech and allow publications that scandalize the Prophet of Islam. So why is France the target of demonstrations and calls for boycott in the Muslim world, and so often the target of deadly violence on the part of extremist margins?
Its brutal colonial past, steadfast secular policies, and its tough president who is seen as insensitive to the Muslim faith all play a role.
As France steps up security and mourns three people killed in a knife attack on a church on Thursday – the latest attributed to Islamic extremists in recent years – here are some of the reasons the country has come under fire from critics .
France has the largest population of Muslims in Western Europe, over 5 million in a nation of 67 million, a legacy of its colonial rule over large swathes of Africa and the Middle East.
But the country’s efforts to integrate Muslim immigrants have failed. The official French doctrine of color blindness aims to ignore ethnic and religious origins and to ensure that all French citizens are considered equally French. In fact, the ideal often fuels discrimination against those who view, dress, or pray differently from the historically Catholic majority, rather than preventing it.
Muslims are disproportionately represented in the poorest and most alienated neighborhoods of France, as well as in its prisons. This has spawned angry outcasts who see their homeland as a sin and disrespectful of Islamic traditions, or simply racist against Arab immigrants and other countries that once enriched the French Empire.
The AP and writer Angela Charlton followed the story with this article:
As a reminder, the AP responded last year to news of a Mormon family brutally slaughtered by narco-terrorists in Mexico by writing an article claiming that the Mormon Church was “forced to face its history of polygamy. “.
In contrast, after Ahmaud Arbery was killed earlier this year and his criminal past and a history of threatening police were revealed, the PA published an article claiming that Arbery – who was on probation for having stole a 65-inch television at the time of his death – had “Enrolled in college in Georgia” and “was preparing to become an electrician” after putting his problems “largely behind him”.
Christians and Westerners must be intimidated by ancient history, but “people of oppression” must not be held responsible for the crimes they committed yesterday!
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