[ by Charles Cameron — laïcité meets the banlieue, and ISIS takes note ]
France: blind to religions. Graphic: Nouvel Obs
My latest piece is up at LapidoMedia, addressing the impact of the French doctrine of blinding secularism on French Muslims — and ISIS targeting of France:
ANALYSIS When laïcité destroys egalité and fraternité
FRANCE and ISIS have a special enmity, and it is compounded by the French form of secularism, known as laïcité.
France’s colonial history and policy of state-reinforced religion blindness adds special intensity to the confrontation.
It is important to understand how particularly powerful the animosity is.
France’s contribution to the coalition attacks on ISIS in Iraq and Syria is second only to that of the United States.
While France had a thousand troops in theatre in March 2016, the UK by comparison had only 275, with Germany at 150, and Belgium at 35.
Meanwhile, close to two thousand fighters of French origin are reported to have joined ISIS forces – more than any other western European country.
Jihadist attacks in France have included the Charlie Hebdo attack in January 2015, the November attack at the Bataclan concert hall later that year, this year’s Bastille Day attack in Nice, and the gruesome killing of Fr Jacques Hamel in Normandy, also in July.
An ISIS video released in mid-August encouraged further Nice-like attacks on France.
You can read the whole piece on the Lapido site: ANALYSIS When laïcité destroys egalité and fraternité.