Muslims angry over French letter highlighting Muslim antisemitism, say Islam being unfairly ‘put on trial’

Original news story on the letter.


“Any number of holy texts are violent, even the Gospel,” Oubrou said, adding that the signatories, who also included celebrities like actor Gerard Depardieu, had misinterpreted the Koran.

Typical. No, the Gospel, the “good news,” the New Testament, is not violent. Jesus tells Peter to put away his sword, “for those who live by the sword, die by the sword.”

Misinterpreting the Qur’an means merely to quote from it.

The Qur’an, in speaking only of Jews, would be interpreted as a hate crime in modern Britain; as Robert Spencer has listed out:

[T]he Qur’an depicts the Jews as fabricating things and falsely ascribing them to Allah (2:79; 3:75, 3:181), denying Allah’s power (5:64); loving to listen to lies (5:41); disobeying Allah and never observing his commands (5:13); disputing and quarreling (2:247); hiding the truth and misleading people (3:78); staging rebellion against the prophets and rejecting their guidance (2:55); being hypocritical (2:14, 2:44); giving preference to their own interests over the teachings of Muhammad (2:87); wishing evil for people and trying to mislead them (2:109); feeling pain when others are happy or fortunate (3:120); being arrogant about their being Allah’s beloved people (5:18); devouring people’s wealth by subterfuge (4:161); slandering the true religion and being cursed by Allah (4:46); killing the prophets (2:61); being merciless and heartless (2:74); never keeping their promises or fulfilling their words (2:100); being unrestrained in committing sins (5:79); being cowardly (59:13-14); being miserly (4:53); and more. It says they are the worst enemies of the Muslims (5:82) and that Allah transformed Sabbath-breaking Jews into apes and pigs (2:63-65; 5:59-60; 7:166).


But they charged that the nearly 300 signatories, who included ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy and former prime minister Manuel Valls, were blaming a whole religion for the actions of an extremist minority.

No, if you want to speak of a minority engaging in a dreadful action, it is the amount of Muslims partaking in violent jihad. But antisemitic attitudes are held by a majority of Muslims:

Many imams have been caught on video preaching hatred of Jews.

A French manifesto calling for certain passages of the Koran to be removed on the grounds of rising anti-Semitism sparked anger Monday from Muslims who said their religion was being unfairly “put on trial”.

Why is it wrong for the religion of Islam to be “put on trial”? Christianity has been on trial for a thousand years, in all sorts of ways. Islam is not exclusive. If the religion preaches the truth, the truth will shine through.

AFP, April 23, 2018. (Archive link)

A French manifesto calling for certain passages of the Koran to be removed on the grounds of rising anti-Semitism sparked anger Monday from Muslims who said their religion was being unfairly “put on trial”.

The open letter published Sunday in the Parisien newspaper blamed “Islamist radicalisation” for what it said was “quiet ethnic purging” in the Paris region, with abuse forcing Jewish families to move out.

After a series of high-profile attacks on Jews, Muslim leaders contacted by AFP acknowledged that anti-Semitism was a problem in France.

But they charged that the nearly 300 signatories, who included ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy and former prime minister Manuel Valls, were blaming a whole religion for the actions of an extremist minority.

“The only thing we can agree on is that we must all unite against anti-Semitism,” said Ahmet Ogras, head of the French Council of the Muslim Faith umbrella group.

Dalil Boubakeur, rector of the Grand Mosque of Paris, said the manifesto “subjected French Muslims and French Islam to an unbelievable and unfair trial”.

“It creates a clear risk of pitching religious communities against one another,” he said in a statement.

The manifesto calls for verses of the Koran calling for the “murder and punishment of Jews, Christians and disbelievers” to be removed on the grounds that they are “obsolete”.

But Tareq Oubrou, imam of the Grand Mosque of the southern city of the Bordeaux, pointed out that Islam was not the only religion whose ancient holy texts contain anachronistic passages.

“Any number of holy texts are violent, even the Gospel,” Oubrou said, adding that the signatories, who also included celebrities like actor Gerard Depardieu, had misinterpreted the Koran.

The writer Pascal Bruckner, among those who signed the letter, told France Inter radio it had not been intended “to stigmatise but to spur on the goodwill of reformist Muslims”.

The letter said that since 2006, “11 Jews have been assassinated — and some tortured — by radical Islamists because they were Jewish”….