‘Hands off my church’ petition plays on French worries about Islam

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Saint Rita's Church in Paris was shut down recently and awaits demolition. The building on the left is an annex of UESCO. This photo was taken on July 14, 2015. Religion News Service photo by Tom Heneghan

Saint Rita's Church in Paris was shut down recently and awaits demolition. The building on the left is an annex of UESCO. This photo was taken on July 14, 2015. Religion News Service photo by Tom Heneghan

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PARIS (RNS) A casual suggestion by a Muslim leader that unused French churches be turned into mosques has created a national outcry.

  • Be Brave

    “Why not? It’s the same God, the rites are like neighbors or brothers. I think that Muslims and Christians can coexist,” Dalil Boubakeur said in a morning radio interview.

    It is NOT the same God. The God of Abraham is not allah. Mohammad may be a prophet, but not of Israel’s God.

    Muslims have proven for over a thousand years that their idea of co-existence is forced-conversions, enslaving or murdering Christians.

    And once a Mosque is established, the land it is on becomes “Islam” and not the country it resides on.

    The French are wise to limit Islamization.

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  • Be Brave

    As Satan grows in power, yes that will happen. Atheism and Islam and the resulting bad fruit from both. If all of the bad in the Bible is to happen (and it is), then all of the good will too.

  • Susan

    Be Brave, I’m Jewish and I think that it is the same God that we worship. While I don’t follow Mohammed as a prophet, I do think it is the same God. don’t think that Islam is Satanic.

    Look at the history of Muslim Spain. Jews lived there under Muslim rule and there was a golden age of Jewish culture. Then Christianity conquered the Muslims and Jews were given the choice of conversion or expulsion. It was the Spanish Christians that forced Jews to convert and then burned at the stake when they practiced Judaism in secret.

  • Bob

    Be Brave, Seems to suffer from long-term memory loss Christian history is equally as disgraceful, deplorable and despicable as that which he is claiming for Islam as for his erroneous claims about Islam being a different God there is one God with three Abrahamic traditions all emanating from one source. This is not palatable for most Christians yet its truth remains

  • Garson Abuita

    There’s a saying in Israel about the secular majority: the synagogue they don’t go to is Orthodox. The French reaction to the imam’s comment reminds me of that.
    Notice that these French people, a mere 5% of whom go to church regularly, whose ancestors’ revolution sought to destroy the Catholic Church in France and murder countless priests, are now held up as Defenders of the Faith, while Americans who identify as Catholic but hold their own views as to gay marriage, birth control and abortion are derided as apostates?

  • MarkE

    I learned in seminary that there is a difference between Tradition and tradition.

    “Tradition” is the living faith of the dead; “tradition” is the dead faith of the living.

    France is trying to maintain it’s religious “tradition” – no wonder the churches are empty. With little chance that Muslim men, women, and children will ever hear the compelling Word of God which is active in the lives of French Christians, So sad.

  • Bernardo

    Why we all should be concerned about what happens in mosques:

    “August 9, 2010 Germany shuts 9/11 plotters’ mosque in Hamburg
    Police raided the mosque on Monday and hunted for evidence of jihadist activities German police have shut down the Hamburg mosque where the 9/11 hijackers met before their suicide attacks on the US in 2001.

    Police said they believed the Taiba mosque was again being used as a meeting point for extremists.

    The cultural association that runs the mosque has also been banned.

    A German intelligence report last year said radical Muslims had traveled to military training camps in Uzbekistan after associating at the mosque.”

    We will never forget !!!!

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  • Bernardo

    Added reasons not to have mosques in your back yard or neighborhood.

    Quran (8:12) – “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them”

    Quran (9:5) – “So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them.”

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  • Mamahannatu

    well informed comment!

  • Mamahannatu

    It’s a sad state of affairs, the faith of the West. If the churches are empty–and probably will be for a good long while–why not allow the muslims put them to good use?

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