Unspeakable acts of barbarism should not be an excuse for Emmanuel Macron to demonise Muslims

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As his administration pursues a clampdown against Islam – including the closure of Mosques – the suggestion seems to be that Muslim hate is desirable

Nabila Ramdani
@NabilaRamdani
15 hours ago

Vile criminals carrying out barbaric murders in the name of their twisted interpretations of Islam are currently making rational discussions about French Muslims impossible.

This is because those with a profound antipathy towards one of the three great Abrahamic religions are doing all they can to spread collective guilt for these outrages.

It means that anyone who speaks out against the demonisation of all Muslims – of whom there are at least five million in France – is immediately accused of condoning terrorism.

The disgusting deceit is that members of the largest community of its kind in western Europe somehow approve of devout Roman Catholics, or a schoolteacher, or anyone else being killed in the most barbaric manner possible.

Ghoulish conspiracy theorists propagate the idea that a vast army of snarling, brown-skinned delinquents is plotting its next strike from run-down ghettoes.

Even when a white supremacist gunman was shot dead by police in Avignon following the Nice attacks in which three people were murdered on Thursday, he was immediately portrayed as a radicalised Islamist screaming “Allahu Akbar” – Arabic for “God is the greatest”.

In fact, the deceased had made a Nazi salute after threatening a North African shop keeper with a sidearm. The local prosecutor dismissed such evidence as a sign of someone who was “mentally unstable” and the item was soon dropped from news agendas, undoubtedly because the man’s profile did not fit that of a deviant alien with roots in the Arab world.

It is “Untermensch” thinking. This German word for sub-human was popularised by the Nazis who were well known for projecting all their “enemies within” as vermin or worse.

more: https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/nice-attack-france-islamophobia-emmanuel-macron-muslim-charlie-hebdo-b1445407.html

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