“There is no such thing as Islamophobia. I hate the Muslim religion. I’ll say it.” – Yves Threard
Yves Threard, the Deputy editor of France’s oldest newspaper, La Figaro, was invited on the French television show, Le Grand Soir, to debate whether people should have the right to wear a Islamic sharia coverings in public.
Islamic head covering has been legally banned since 2004 in French classrooms and government offices, but it has not yet been banned in public spaces.
The debate was sparked by the so-called controversial statement made on October 11, 2019 by Julien Odoul, a popular member of Marine Le Pen’s Rassemblement National party, as reported at RAIR Foundation USA. The comments came after the October 3, 1019 Islamic Jihad terrorist attack that four French policemen dead.
During a regional parliament meeting, Odoul pointed out a sharia-complaint veiled woman sitting in on their parliament session, and declared, “In the name of our republican and secular principles, I ask … to have the Islamic veil removed from the school counsellor present in the Chamber.”
Odoul, went on to say, women around the world should fight against “Islamic dictatorship” and that they should not “tolerate this Islamist provocation”.
During Threard’s debate around Odoul’s statements regarding Islamic coverings, he sparked outrage and threats from the left for supporting him and voicing his concern about the woman who wore her hijab to parliament, “Whether this woman provoked or not, she knew very well what she was doing, this woman. Maybe she had hidden intentions.”
“I don’t want a veil in public places. Whether it’s in extracurricular activities at school, in the republican assemblies of the republic.” He went on to explain, “If I took the bus or a boat where there was someone wearing the veil, I got off. —Ah, yes? —Yes.”
The only place Threard feels the niqab should be worn is in the muslim woman’s home.
The most dangerous and politically incorrect statements came when Threard boldly declared, “There is no such thing as Islamophobia. I hate the Muslim religion. I’ll say it”
Puremédias reported, after the intense backlash Threard faced from the radical left, he apologized for causing a controversy,
“I’m sorry for such a stir – it’s probably because I’ve misunderstood. I misunderstood, it is probably that I expressed myself very badly…”
In spite of his statements, Threard he still maintained his strong opposition to the wearing of the Islamic veils in France,
” I repeat that we can not join one or the other of these religions – that’s not my case, but what I do not like is the religious excesses. sectarian excesses (…) I’m sorry (…) but for me, the wearing of the veil, the abaya, the burkini, are militant signs and ideological artifices. These signs, no, I do not do not accept them and I will not accept them in France “
Despite Threard’s apology, anyone who dares to says such critical statement on Islam in France is liable to be prosecuted. We have seen Brigitte Bardot, Marine Le Pen, and most recently Eric Zemmour. Should we expect France’s President, Emmanuel Macron to arrest Threard soon?
What I am most concerned about his Threard’s safety!
Being critical of Islam now means death threats or actual attempts on your life such as, cartoonists, comedians, and anyone who publicly defies Islam, such what happened with the Islamic terrorists who attacked the French Satirical magazine on January 7, 2015, killing a dozen people at the magazine, and injuring another eleven.
RAIR Foundation USA recently reported on the head of Charlie Hebdo, Laurent Sourisseau, who must live with armed security 24 hours a day.
The Hebdo islamic massacre put France and the entire free world on notice: If you are critical of Islam, or dare to poke fun of Islam, you will be hunted and killed.
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Transcript: many thanks to Miss Piggy:
There is no such thing as Islamophobia. —But you, but you… —I hate the Muslim religion. I’ll say it. —You yourself are holding up very well. —I’ve taken the bus sometimes. In France.
If I took the bus or a boat where there was someone wearing the veil, I got off. Well, I will say again, I don’t know, I had to yesterday [take the bus].
I agree, I don’t want a veil in public places.
Whether it’s in extracurricular activities at school, in the republican assemblies of the republic.
Yes, I have difficulty with the burka in public, the full burka on the street. It is necessary to say that. So then it’s up to everyone. I’ve taken the bus sometimes. In France.
If I took the bus or a boat where there was someone wearing the veil, I got off. —Ah, yes? —Yes. I refuse. Yes, but it’s the whole outfit with niqab that goes with it…
I’m going to tell you one thing: Let’s be very clear, really very clear once and for all and stop all the hypocrisy.
We were so weak. At first it started out small and then grew. And I would like to know the story of this woman.
Whether this woman provoked or not, she knew very well what she was doing, this woman. Maybe she had hidden intentions. What were those intentions? —I disagree, I am…
Islamic militancy —It exists, I agree. —It is at the heart of the problem in France. —So, François. —There is a great cowardice in a portion of the population and a great cowardice in a large portion of the politicians…
I think… —that they don’t want to take responsibility. —I don’t think so… —who are afraid. They’re afraid of being accused of racism, accused of Islamophobia. They’re afraid of this, and that is absolutely shameful.
Look, Yves, right now, listen Yves. —Soon alcohol will be banned.
No, no, no, no, no.
You have entire neighbourhoods…I don’t think so. —in some cities where alcohol is prohibited. —So around the Bayard…t’s not a slip. Sincerely, there’s a need to protect our way of life and our culture. —You can.
There is no such thing as Islamophobia. I hate the Muslim religion. I’ll say it. You yourself are holding up very well. I’m thrilled with the niqab. Be covered at home. They can cover themselves at home.