Islam in France

After the terrorist attacks by radical Islamists, French Prime Minister Valls proposes a temporary ban on mosques being constructed with foreign financing. But this will be an extremely difficult undertaking.

Le Monde comments: “The law of 1905 on the separation of Church and state is practically sacrosanct…. Because it forbids state financing of religious communities, it makes it difficult for Islam – which lacks mosques and republican-minded imams, and which has a hard time organizing itself for lack of a religious hierarchy – to ‘catch up.’ Consequently the equality between the Muslim and Catholic religions has no basis in reality. Even if foreign financing is marginal, it has contributed to funding and organizing the Muslim religious community in France.”

Source: Eurotopics, August 3

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