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Secular France wants nothing to do with religion.  Yet, it has been forced to grapple with its increasing Islamization that appears to be spinning out of control.  The French Education Minister has a new plan to push back:  a secularism charter in every public school.  However, France’s misguided efforts are unlikely to solve the problem.

France is officially a secular country with separation of church and state.  There is no state religion and everyone is free to believe or not believe as they wish.  The expression of religious faith is permitted within the boundaries of public order.  All creeds are respected and treated equally under the law.  But, unlike America which has true religious freedom and allows religion in the public square so long as one religion is not favored over another, the principles underlying France’s 1905 Laïcité laws call for the cleansing of religion from State functions and institutions.  Therefore, despite the fact that France’s  Constitution claims otherwise, secularism reigns supreme over faith.

In recent years, France’s secular underpinnings have been challenged.  Largely due to faulty immigration policies, France is quickly becoming the most Islamized country in Europe.  Approximately 200,000 people immigrate legally into France every year, and another 200,000 people immigrate illegally.  Currently, approximately 10 percent of France’s population is Muslim (an estimated 4.7 – 10 million people) and the numbers are rising.

Muslim immigrants pose a severe threat to French secularism and therefore to the nation’s identity.  Many Muslim immigrants show little interest in assimilating, learning French, or integrating into mainstream society.

Increasingly, Islamic institutions and practices are replacing French secular traditions.  Muslim University students are demanding separation of the sexes, excused absences for religious reasons, and pressuring universities to alter their curriculums.

In some areas, there are Muslim enclaves governed by Sharia law.  In these “no-go zones” government officials have de facto relinquished control.  Police, firemen, and even ambulances refrain from entry.  At last count, France had 751 “Sensitive Urban Zones”, as these areas are euphemistically called.

The French are loosing control in other regions of the country as well to groups of Muslims who regularly violate State laws.  For example, in some locales Muslims block traffic and fill the streets for Jummah prayers on Fridays, in violation of French law.  Yet, the police stand idly by.  There are numerous other examples along the same lines.

In recent years, the French government has been trying to push back against the Islamization of its country.  It has introduced several initiatives in an attempt to enforce its secular principles.

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FrontPage Mag
By: Deborah Weiss
September 13, 2013

Boko Haram

Though global attention has recently been focused on the crescent formed by Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq – a region that has become a battlefield for warring Sunni and Shiite groups – the area is not the only one in which sectarian factions are battling for control.

In May, a joint operation conducted by Israeli and Nigerian intelligence agencies led to the arrest of three Lebanese nationals charged with being Hezbollah operatives. Hezbollah’s penetration of Nigeria is part of a larger effort by Tehran to establish vast networks of personnel and materials throughout Africa.

But Hezbollah is not the only terrorist organization operating in Nigeria. Boko Haram, an extreme Sunni group, has repeatedly launched attacks against religious it deems heretical – most spectacularly against Christians – in Nigeria.

Now a member of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) who operated in Nigeria has been indicted by a U.S. court for facilitating terrorism:

A federal court in Brooklyn, New York yesterday unsealed an indictment filed on Feb. 21 against Nigerian citizen Lawal Olaniyi Babafemi, who is said to have provided material support to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Babafemi has been in Nigerian custody since 2012. Court documents showed that between January 2010 and August 2011, Babafemi “traveled twice from Nigeria to Yemen to meet and train with leaders of AQAP,” according to an FBI press release. While there, Babafemi allegedly received weapons training and aided AQAP in the production of Inspire magazine.

The United States is seeking Babafemi’s extradition. He is accused of working at the direction of the notorious Anwar Al-Awlaki.

Babafemi is not accused of having direct contact with Boko Haram, though Al Qaeda and Boko Haram have been known to work together.
By: Staff
August 28, 2013

МИД России Сергей Лавров

Russia has called on Turkey to share its findings in the case of Syrian rebels who were seized on the Turkish-Syrian border with a 2kg cylinder full of nerve gas sarin.

Russia’s top foreign official Sergei Lavrov tolday said the Kremlin wanted to get clear on the issue of chemical weapons used in Syria, since the allegation had taken on the role of a trading card in the conflict, becoming a focus of constant provocations.

“I do not rule out that some force may want to use it [the rumour] to say that the “red line” has been crossed and a foreign intervention is needed,” the minister said.

“We are still waiting on a comprehensive report from our Turkish colleagues,” he added, citing the incident when a gang of terrorists carrying a canister with nerve gas sarin was arrested inside the Turkish territory about two weeks ago.

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The Voice of Russia
June 6, 2013

Photographs showing John Kerry, the US secretary of state, dining in splendour with President Bashar al-Assad have emerged, as Mr Kerry likened the Syrian ruler to Hitler.

John Kerry (who was then senator for Massachusetts) and his wife Teresa dined with the Assads in February 2009 at a restaurant in Damascus
John Kerry (who was then senator for Massachusetts) and his wife Teresa dined with the Assads in February 2009 at a restaurant in Damascus 

Mr Kerry visited Damascus in February 2009, when he was chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

He said in a press conference during the visit: "President Barack Obama's administration considers Syria a key player in Washington's efforts to revive the stalled Middle East peace process.

"Syria is an essential player in bringing peace and stability to the region."

Mr Kerry met with Mr Assad at least six times, and on one occasion – seen in the photographs – dining with the two men's wives at the Naranj restaurant in central Damascus.

The restaurant, in the heart of Damascus's Old Town, is on a marble paved avenue named Straight Street, which was built by the Romans and mentioned in the Bible.

One of the city's finest dining establishments, it is housed in a converted old Damascus traders' mansion and has a rooftop terrace overlooking the bustling street below.

Mr Kerry was a strong supporter of the Obama administration's decision to re-engage the Assad regime and to send an ambassador to Damascus in January 2011 for the first time in five years.

Syria was, even then, viewed by Washington as a "state sponsor of terrorism", but US officials argued that returning an envoy to Damascus could help persuade Syria to change its policies on issues including Lebanon, Israel and Iraq.

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The Telegraph
By: Harriet Alexander
Septemeber 3, 2013



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