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French Fascists Protest “Islamofascism”

People hold a banner reading: ‘islamic fascism shall not pass” during a demonstration in Paris, Saturday Nov.10, 2012. France is home to Western Europe’s largest population of Muslims, estimated to be at least 5 million even though the government does not provide official figures. Many have family roots in former French colonies in northern Africa. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

by Garibaldi

It’s a familiar phenomenon in our world today, defining one’s identity in negative terms or in opposition to a perceived “outside” and “otherized” threat. Take the Right-wing’s playing up and trotting out self-described “ex-liberals,” or Islamophobes in the looniverse championing so-called “ex-terrorists” — these labels are the way these individuals most wish to be identified we are told!

In Europe a segment of the population in search of identity cannot reconcile itself with a world that is transforming, a world in which their fellow citizens come from different backgrounds and follow different religions. Europe’s second largest religion, Islam, a faith that has been an integrated reality on the continent for 1300 years is still described by this hostile group as the unacceptable “other.” Signs and symbols of integration such as the construction of mosques, participation in public life, academics, politics and sports is too often viewed with intolerable suspicion and irrational fear.

“The moooslims! they’re heere!”

Many of the Muslims who immigrated to Europe over the past 50 years did so with the support of their former colonial overlords. The “mainland” needed cheap labor, and so Muslims from Turkey and former colonies such as Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, India, Bangladesh and Pakistan were part of a wave of immigrants invited to live and work in countries that they would come to adopt as their homes.

Take France for example, a European nation in which scapegoating Islam and its Muslim populace whenever it’s convenient is commonplace. A country that has divisive national debates about Islam (that largely don’t include Muslim citizens), bans the niqab, forbids hijabs in public schools, focuses on “Islam” when violence flares in the suburbs, often stereotypes and denigrate’s Muslims and Islam in the media, and doesn’t take rising Islamophobic anti-Muslim sentiment and violence seriously.

French soldier shooting fleeing Algerian civilian, under the sight of journalists.

This from a nation that only 60 years ago was committing genocide against Algerian Muslims, killing between 700,000-1.5 million Algerian Muslims (not including systematic torture and rape). Resistance activists to colonial rule were seen by French generals like Marcel Biegard as “savages.”

Now it seems the genocidal and hateful predilections of only a few generations ago are resurfacing with a subset of hardcore “nationalists” becoming increasingly unhinged and confrontational against France’s Muslim minority. Take the recent assault on a mosque in Poitiers by a group called “Generation Identitaire” (Generation of National Identity), claiming to follow in the footsteps of Charles Martel (I guess we should be thankful they are not referencing the likes of Biegard or Marshall Bugeaud–yet).

In a height of irony hundreds of fascists took to the streets in Paris today, November 10th, to protest the misnomer known as “Islamofascism.” Fascism of course had its origins in 19th and 20th century Europe. “Islamofascism” is a neologism that is the propagandistic creation of Islamophobes and in this instance is nothing but twisted projection on the part of a group dubbing itself “Republican Resistance.”

The AP article below on the protest march by Republican Resistance is substandard, note that they don’t term the group or its motivations, ‘expelling Islam’ as extremist. They also soften the purpose of Republican Resistance’s march by describing it as a demonstration against “Islamist extremism.” I wonder how much the AP, usually a reliable source, reviews what it writes anymore, considering its own report shows that it is not “Islamist extremism” that is being protested by the rank and file of Republican Resistance but rather “the religion of Islam” and what they are advocating is nothing less than its eradication from France.

Golly jee, I wonder how you get rid of Islam in France? Oh yes, by expelling and or otherwise repressing its 6 million adherents!

French nationalists in Paris protest extreme Islam

PARIS (AP) — Hundreds of French nationalists have demonstrated in Paris against Islamist extremism, chanting the French anthem and saying the religion has no place in the country.

Protester Romain Cyiril says, ‘‘France was always a welcoming country, but for the first time we have to deal with a religion which can’t and doesn’t want to integrate itself.’’

Three weeks ago, dozens of far-right French activists stormed an unfinished mosque to protest immigration policies that have made France home to Western Europe’s largest population of Muslims. There are an estimated 5 million or more Muslims in this nation of 65 million, although under French law the government does not track religion.

The French government has denounced anti-Islam extremists.

Saturday’s protest was organized by a nationalist group called the Republican Resistance.

Update: (h/t: Bob) “Résistance Républicaine, the organisation behind the demonstration, was set up by Riposte Laïque, whose founder Pierre Cassen is a former member of the Communist Party and the Trotskyist LCR. The leader of Résistance Républicaine is Christine Tasin, who was once a member of Jean-Pierre Chevènement’s socialist Mouvement républicain et citoyen.

Last year the French media publicised the case of Fabien Engelmann, an official in the CGT trade union confederation who had a long history on the far left, first in Lutte Ouvrière and then in the Nouveau parti anti-capitaliste. Engelmann left the NPA in 2010 in protest at its decision to stand a hijab-wearing Muslim woman, Ilham Moussaida, as its candidate in a regional council election. Englemann and his supporters reorganised around Riposte Laïque, which promoted him as a hero of secularism. He then joined the Front National and is now a member of its political bureau.

Saturday’s Résistance Républicaine demonstration was backed by a range of Islamophobic groups, most of them from the far right – the Mouvement national républicain for example and the FN-supporting Union des Français juifs. However, another supporting organisation was the Cercle Laicité et République Sociale, which still claims to be part of the left.

What Riposte Laïque and Résistance Républicaine exemplify is the way in which the dogmatic hardline secularism that predominates on the French left has disoriented some of its activists to the point where they have abandoned left-wing politics and made common cause with the far right on the basis of a shared hatred of Islam.”

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  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    There’s nothing wrong with Europeans exploring it. Can Muslims be Europeans to? Or is that outside of identity?

  • Truth Hurts

    Yes, but these Muzlims, they come here & steal our air too – oxygen thieves, leaving less for our Civilization AND giving us CO2 in return > stealth chemical-terror G-had!

  • http://twitter.com/Raza_inc Razainc

    @JSB ” they pray in mosques, eat in restaurants, and study in schools.” They do? ! this seems like an infiltration to me next you’ll be telling me that they also go to work in jobs this is an insidious plot of world domination

  • corey

    @just stopping by
    oh come on at least they wont know the tape decks were going to play “the touch” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVUXFvX71F0 during the invasion to give a power boost to our intergalactic forces after all if that song powers up optimus then surely it can power up the muslim zombie hoards and katana wielding halal turkeys made by butterball.

  • Just Stopping By

    @Razainc: Shhh, I was providing cover for the Muslamic cars. You’re a terrible conspiracy partner if you put that information out in the open for the police. Word here is that the NYC police really don’t know much about Muslims and need to burrow inside to discover that they pray in mosques, eat in restaurants, and study in schools.

  • http://twitter.com/Raza_inc Razainc

    @corey Good idea there’s no intergalactic Muslamic empire without a tapedeck how else will we have a dance dance Muslamic revolution certainly not with Everybody Dance that’s for sure

  • http://twitter.com/Raza_inc Razainc

    @Solid Snake that’s just what I plan to do and what a better car to choose than a Decepticon police car.

    @JSB Hey if Barricade becomes Muslim it’ll have it’s tail pipe tip cut off as well then you won’t be able to tell evil Muslamic cars apart from regular Jewish cars maybe they police should watch all cars with their tailpipe tip cut off and if their mechanic says salaam or anything Arabic sounding we should impound them indefinitely

  • Ilisha

    @Garibaldi

    This is a well-written article with some fresh twists. I’ve always been especially interested in the history and legacy of the French in Algeria.

  • Just Stopping By

    @Solid Snake: Sent at 5:56 pm, with a comment on why not deleting the photos today did not matter.

  • corey

    @razainc
    oh please a car Id rather have a robot dinosaur that has the ability to shoot fire and pull levers that can save the universe http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6R1m9fjdwjI and I also one day hope to get the required vehicles to form bruticus http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZLfTYv3psI along with a tapedeck that i will name soundwave and the muslamic galactic emprire will truly be feared.

  • Solid Snake

    @JSB
    Gahhh! I knew those pictures would be my undoing. i was going to take them off today but I was at school. わたしはばか。those pictures are….ugh. I have actually lost weight and gained some muscle. Anyway, i knew you were gonna find them.

    ok, i actually want to speak to you about a specific goal i want to accomplish in the next two years. so email me at kenpachifromzaraki@live.com this is my spam mail account but ill retrieve your email address and reply from my primary email account.

    also, nice circumcision joke at the end. :D

  • Just Stopping By

    @Solid Snake: “…you are a little bit too confident.”

    Ahh, you are not a complete naif, Grasshopper. Of course, you should learn to make your bed before posting four pictures of yourself (head replaced by a drawing) to what I’ll call a weightlifting site (so as not to make it too obvious). I hope the diet and exercise have gone well, even if you haven’t posted any stats since signing up.

    Anyway, I hope you decide to at least share a resume or previous cover letter/essay. I think you have a lot of raw intelligence, but that your writing sometimes needs a bit of editing.

    Finally, “you never know what those Non Muslim cars will do.” Hey! Don’t be a hater! At least not against the Jewish cars. Those are the ones with the tip of their tailpipe cut off. :-)

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  • Solid Snake

    @JSB
    hmmm…you are a little bit too confident. Let me think about this for a minute. Afterall, I am dealing with a New Yorker :). its pretty easy to find out my real name, email address, even physical address. how about this, if you are so confident that you can do it within 48 hours then go ahead do it. But the terms of the deal will only be discussed after you succeed or fail. :D

    @Razainc
    i recommend.you reprogram it. you never know what these Non Muslim cars will do. It will make a nice addition to the intergalactic Muslamic Empire’s garage. Right next to KITT and all of James Bonds’ cars.

  • mjasghar

    Lots of so called liberals are secretly racist especially why it comes to more than a token individual
    As they work in academia or public life they can’t be obvious about it but they can be harsher in tems of disciplinary methods and marking etc
    I mean really, how does someone choosing to wear the veil impinge on your rights?! Is it a right to see any woman naked? Because if you started ripping clothes of women in the street you’d get in trouble – at least on the uk

  • sam muhammad

    same method of demonization in the media laid the groundwork for the holocaust

  • Just Stopping By

    @Solid Snake: “Hah. Good luck with that. I don’t have much of an online presence. No twitter, no Facebook, nothing. It would be sloppy of me to leave a trail.”

    Well, I said that I was too lazy, but my other strong personality issue is that I take up challenges, even foolish ones from my point of view. Since you are a college kid, I am willing to bet that you are indeed sloppy. (Yes, I am stereotyping.) However, I’m still lazy so I need an incentive. How about the following? If I can find an actual photo to test the “too brown to be the Hof” claim within 48 hours, you send me that resume with your real name and we continue this offline. You can pick what you get if I fail.

    And, @Matt: I’m still waiting to see if you are willing to admit that there is at least one good thing about Muslims or Islam…

  • Solid Snake

    @JSB
    “But please stop pointing that gun right at me.”
    Lol dont worry JSB, this gun only fires love and good feelings. And the occasional rebuttal of Islamophobic propaganda. It has two settings :)

    “And I’m too lazy to see if I can track down an actual photo online.”
    Hah. Good luck with that. I don’t have much of an online presence. No twitter, no Facebook, nothing. It would be sloppy of me to leave a trail.

    “Yes, I am safe and doing well. And thanks for the concern. It’s always nice to be reminded that online friends care not just about your online presence.”

    I am glad to hear that. Of course, that’s the way it should be. There is a human being behind every IP address, username, and profile. Although, your online presence would also be missed if you were to stop posting.

  • http://twitter.com/Raza_inc Razainc

    @ Solid Snake I have a talking car as well his name is Barricade but it hasn’t said the shahada yet being the evil Muslim that I am I should forcibly reprogram it to say it. I think it would be a good addition to intergalactic evil Muslamic empire seeing as it is a Deception need I say more

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