Saturday, September 17, 2011

Paris Muslims Pray

Hundreds of Muslims Defy Street Prayer Ban

Quelle Surprise! They don’t answer to French Law, only the Sharia. Prayer with menaces continues on the streets of Paris, despite a government ban:

Hundreds of Muslims defied a French street prayer ban which came into force Friday, taking to the streets and sidewalks of Paris to pray. The French government announced Thursday it was banning praying outside, with officials pledging to enforce the ban from Friday.

But 200 Muslims ignored the street prayer ban and prayed on the streets in the neighbourhood of La Goutte d’Or, Le Parisien newspaper reported.

French interior minister Claude Gueant said he had nothing against Islam but wanted it out of the public eye because France was a secular state.

He added, “Street prayers must stop because they hurt the feelings of many of our compatriots who are shocked by the occupation of the public space for a religious practice.” Although officials would persuade people to pray in mosques, Muslims who continued to pray in the street would be arrested, Gueant warned.

The ban angered French Muslim leaders [what doesn't anger them? - Ed.] who said Muslims only prayed outdoors because of a lack of space in mosques in France.

The outdoor street prayer ban is the latest move by the French government to remove Islam from the public sphere. Laws prohibiting students wearing headscarves in schools and banning women from wearing the full Muslim veil — the niqab –in public came into force in April.

Contrary to the likely whining of the Islamo-Left coalition, this is not an issue of freedom of religion.

Although officially a secular country with a large Catholic majority, France bends over backwards to accomodate all faiths – but for the usual suspects it is never enough. Their campaign of street prayer (or ‘Aggravated Prayer’ as we prefer to call it), has meant thousands of ‘devout’ Muslim men blocking the streets of Paris on Fridays for some time – accompanied with an extremely aggressive atmosphere, designed deliberately to intimidate those Parisians who might object.

Despite the fact that news of the ban was widely broadcast, these diehards chose to flout the law, while claiming they knew nothing about it. Nonsense.

These are not the actions of immigrants anxious to integrate with their host nation. They are the actions of colonisers – and the street prayers themselves an act of Jihad.

The French authorities need to make some examples and enforce the street prayer ban they have put in place, in order to protect the majority of citizens.

After years of unfurling prayer mats on streets, pavements and in bicycle lanes, Parisian Muslims on Friday were finally able to put their foreheads to the ground somewhere they knew they weren’t stopping traffic. Not quite a mosque yet, their new place of worship is a 2,000-square-metre disused fire station in the north of the capital.

The building’s inauguration Friday afternoon, which saw thousands of Muslims welcomed from across Paris, also marked the first day of a ban on street prayers that had long been promised by France's right-wing government. “Praying in the streets will stop [on Friday],” Interior Minister Claude Gueant told French conservative daily Le Figaro Thursday. “We could go so far as to use force if needed,” he added, although he said he believed it unnecessary.

The Muslim community had scrambled to find a suitable space for the capital’s growing number of worshippers after Gueant, a close ally of President Nicolas Sarkozy, gave them until September 16 to get off the streets. “Prayers in the street are unacceptable, a direct attack on the principle of secularism,” he told AFP last month. Just two days before the deadline and after complex negotiations, local Muslim leaders signed a three-year deal with the authorities for the disused hangar.

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