February 12, 2006
French Sensibilités musulmanes
A brief object lesson on the ostentatious and willful blindness of the French elite
Combien Le Monde compte-t-il de lecteurs musulmans ? Je l'ignore, et, Dieu merci, la croyance religieuse — ou l'incroyance — ne figure dans aucune enquête statistique. "How many Muslim readers does Le Mond have. I have no idea, Thank God religious belief, or unbelief, isn't subject to any statistical inquiry." Yes, ignorance, willfull ignorance is a virtue in and of itself. Why then you can congratulate yourself on "repulican values" while simultaneously engaging in hypocritical discrimination.
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Yes, ignorance, willfull ignorance is a virtue in and of itself. Why then you can congratulate yourself on "repulican values" while simultaneously engaging in hypocritical discrimination.
Preach it. Usually I'm the one defending France from hysterical and/or ignorant political jabs. But they definitely don't get any credit for their bizarrely and blindly ultra-nationalistic/xenophobic take on "assimilation."
Posted by: Tamerlane at February 12, 2006 07:46 PM
Indeed. I hate knee-jerking francophobia, on the other hand the French secular elite's position of willfull ignorance with respect to immigration, ethnicity and religion is repulsive. It reminds me of the gross hypocrisy of colonial era rhetoric - much appeal to theoretical equality, and fine rhetoric covering gross inequality.
Posted by: The Lounsbury at February 12, 2006 08:26 PM