We Are Not Islam


16036738760_e28dab89c4_charlie-hebdoA year after the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack, mosques around France are putting out the welcome mat to non-Muslims.

In a news report from their ABC, the mosque ‘open-house’ is intended to “quell stereotypes ignited by recent jihadist attacks.” You see, at their ABC, quelling stereotypes is more important that quelling actual violent jihadist attacks, but I digress.

The ABC continues, stating that the event has been dubbed, “a brotherly cup of tea”, in which “local mosques are handing out hot drinks and pastries, offering guided visits, holding debates and calligraphy workshops, and even inviting people to attend one of the five daily prayers.” Sounds absolutely delightful – particularly if your intention is to bring converts, or at least submission to Islam.

The mosque open-house is organised by France’s peak Islamic body, the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM), and aims to encourage dialogue about Islam and create a greater sense of “national cohesion.” Following this line of thinking, “cohesion” in France is brought about by non-Muslims accepting and assimilating to Islamic religion and culture (not the other way round).

One might think that this “gesture of openness” might lead to Islamic leaders expressing a sense of sadness and regret one year after the Charlie Hebdo attacks, or acknowledging that Islam actually has a problem when it comes to violence and violent teachings, and to take the opportunity to address these problems.

Well, if you did, you would be mistaken. The head of France’s peak Islamic body said that the idea is to use the anniversary of the January 7-9 attacks to “highlight the real values of Islam, to set straight the cliches about links to violence and terrorism.”

Say what? The anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo attack is now an opportunity to highlight the “real value of Islam”? That would be like the British using the anniversary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in India as an opportunity to celebrate the virtues of European colonialism!

“Instead of dwelling on these tragic acts, it seemed more useful and important to celebrate ‘the spirit of January 11’,”  referring, as the ABC states, “to the date last year when millions of people took to the streets in a mass show of solidarity.”

So we shouldn’t dwell on or think about the Charlie Hebdo attack, the violent teaching of Islam, but rather focus on learning and accepting the “real value of Islam”

I am lost for words.

XYZ ‘Quote of the Day’, January 2016

Photo by thomas lieser (thomas-lieser.smugmug.com)

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Jeremy has worked as a kitchen hand, labourer and in policy development, and now prefers to focus his energies working with refugee and other disadvantaged communities. He enjoys boxing but isn't very good at it, and is a professional insomniac. Jeremy will know that he has "made it" when his opponents refer to him as a "pseudo-intellectual."