Ex-Muslims join the left
An article by Cécile Montmirail, posted at the website of Catholic writer Bernard Antony, reveals that some French Muslims who renounce Islam turn to the parties of the left to fill the resultant spiritual void. Hardly surprising. One anti-Western ideology is simply replaced by another. Or is this just another example of takiyya?
The Council of Ex-Muslims of France was born last July 6, or rather ex-Muslims in France, since few of them are really French. The two founders are, notably, foreigners: Atika Samrah is Moroccan and Waleed el-Husseini is a Palestinian who took refuge in France after being imprisoned on the Left Bank for his pro-atheism blog.
Let's say it right off: this initiative that might have seemed at first important now appears doubtful on more than one count.
First, during the press conference that launched the Council, all the participants began by saying they had nothing to do with Riposte Laïque or any other group of the extreme right, or whatever they mean by that catch-all term of disparagement. Atika Samrah even took a vow of Marxism, and the presence of Caroline Fourest confirmed that this movement has been commandeered from the start by the extreme left that sees no theoretical differences among the religions, which they consider, in their essence, to be all equally bad.
Note: A reminder that Caroline Fourest is a well-known homosexual activist who collaborated with the Femen during the latter's disruption of one of the early anti-gay marriage demonstrations in November 2012.
Riposte Laïque is a website founded by leftists who had undergone a political epiphany with regard to Islam. Despite their insistence to the contrary, they are regarded as "extreme rightists" because of the anti-Islam position.
This basic principle, then, prevents them from criticizing Islam in its totalitarian dimension. And in the description they give of themselves and their mission, the members do not once mention Islam. The Council presents itself as "composed of atheists, free thinkers, humanists and ex-Muslims whose position is to encourage reason, universal rights and laïcité." It opposes "all discrimination and all mistreatment" that "respect for religion" would justify; it demands "the freedom to criticize religions" and would forbid "customs, rules, ceremonies or religious activities that are incompatible with or that violate the rights and liberties of peoples." It also demands a "prohibition of any cultural or religious custom that impedes or opposes the autonomy of women, their will, and equality. And it condemns "any interference by any authority, be it family or parental, or by official authorities, in the private lives of women and men and in their personal, emotional, and sexual relations, and their sexuality."
She points out that this scheme worked before in the 80's when North Africans demanding political emancipation were led into the Socialist Party by Julien Dray, founder of SOS Racism.
Dray, a Sephardic Jew, born in Oran, Algeria, came to France in 1965 and later joined the Communists, Trotskyists, and the labor union movement. Like so many North Africans, Jewish or not, who moved to France, he felt compelled to bring North Africa with him, and to support the North African population of France in their political demands. He thus aided and abetted the massive immigration of Algerians, and saw to it that the immigrant vote would go to the left.
A question worth asking is this: How could it have been otherwise? Does anyone seriously expect Muslim apostates to become French traditionalists? Does anyone expect North Africans to become French patriots? We know that a few do. But on the whole, it is exactly like the Mexicans in America. Republicans insisted the Mexicans would vote Republican and become loyal patriots, and were "shocked" to find they did not. The Democrats are now almost in a position where they cannot lose, thanks to the ethnic content of the United States today.
Back to the article on the Council of Ex-Muslims of France:
(…) the founding principles of the Council require that any person wishing to express opposition to homosexual marriage, to medically assisted procreation, to surrogate motherhood, to abortion; any person wishing to simply transmit a few moral values, in particular those relating to sexual morals (through the teaching of the catechism, for example); any family or parental authority first and foremost, but also any authority constituted outside of the individual, be banned immediately, on grounds that it "interferes" with one's private life and one's "personal, emotional and sexual relations".
We are far removed from the original goal of breaking away from Islam, considered to be disrespectful of persons and of women in particular.
She points out that the Council makes no mention of the fate of non-Muslims, Christians in particular, and she closes by saying she prefers to turn her attention to those Muslims who have converted to Christianity, some of whom are waging an intellectual combat and at the same time working tirelessly on a day-to-day basis in the real world.