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The Muhammad Cartoons Go On Trial February 9, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in anti-racism law, Card, Charlie Hebdo, France, Free Speech, Freedom of Speech, French, Islam, Islamic, Muhammad Cartoons, Muhammad Cartoons lawsuit, Muslim, Muslims, Philippe Val, satire, satirized, Union of Islamic Organizations of France.
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Voltaire must be spinning in his grave. Just down the Parisian hill from where the Enlightenment’s greatest satirist is interred, a noisy scrum of intolerance is drawing any public figure with an image to market, clamoring to deliver a sound bite before the row dies down and the cameras move on.

The contest pits the Grand Mosque of Paris and the Union of Islamic Organizations of France against the editors of the satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo, in a lawsuit citing anti-racism laws over the magazine’s February 2006 publication of those Danish caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad that caused a global uproar. The complaint describes the decision to reprint the drawings as “born of a simplistic Islamophobia and purely commercial interests”; as having “insulted people on the basis of religion”; and as a “provocation aimed against the Islamic community.”

The editors of Charlie Hebdo and their incensed backers depict the trial as an assault on free speech by religious intolerance. A paper that thrives on controversy and insult, Charlie Hebdo argues the drawings were published both to support the Danish editors who drew the ire of Muslims around the world, and to make the point that a fully equal and integrated Islam in secular European societies can’t expect to enjoy a deference not accorded to Christianity or Judaism. “The Pope is satirized, the Church is satirized, Christians are satirized and so are Jews — all in a well-established tradition of commentary and humor,” declared Reporters Without Borders general secretary Robert M�nard outside of the court as it opened Wednesday. “Muslims have to get used to the same treatment — and in reality, most have.”

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French judge bars pork soup for needy after all January 9, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Discriminate, Discrimination, France, French, Jews, Muslims.
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FRANCE’S highest administrative court has confirmed a police decision banning an organisation with far-right links from offering pork soup to the homeless.

Police had banned the soup kitchen last month, arguing the handouts discriminated against Jews and Muslims who do not eat pork on religious grounds. But the ban was overturned by an administrative court earlier this week.

The French Interior Ministry had appealed against that court ruling to the Council of State, the country’s highest administrative court.

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France: Fears of Anti-White Racism July 20, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in African-American, Anti-Semitic, Anti-White, Arab, Arabs & Muslims, Black, Card, Caribbean, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Death, France, French, Gendarme, Ilan Halimi, Jacques Chirac, Jewish, Kill, killed, Killing, Motorcycle, policeman, Racism, Racist, Raphael Clin, Saint-Martin, White.
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The accidental death of a gendarme (French policeman) on the Caribbean island of Saint-Martin has plunged France into a new spasm of race-related angst after his widow claimed that youths refused to help after he was hit by a speeding motorcycle and later gloated at the death of a white.

With feelings already running high after the brutal murder in Paris of the young Jewish man Ilan Halimi, the events surrounding the death of 31 year-old Raphael Clin on February 12 have stoked fears of a festering anti-white hatred among the country’s black and Arab populations.

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