So I guess he means “Don’t keep your coat open when you’re wearing a suicide belt underneath it?” #DiscreetMuslim
HUFFPO Muslim Twitter users are reacting to French politician Jean-Pierre Chevènement’s suggestion that Muslims in France should adopt “discretion” in public in the best way possible.
— AJ+ (@ajplus) August 17, 2016
The former presidential candidate unwittingly sparked the popular Twitter hashtag #MusulmanDiscret (#DiscreetMuslim), which people are using to poke fun at his comments.
— Ali KHARCHAFI (@AliKharchafi) August 16, 2016
“The advice I give in these difficult times…is that of discretion,” Chevènement told French daily newspaper Le Parisien on Monday.
He went on to stay that “French citizens should be able to worship freely,” but they should pay attention to their actions in the public space. His suggestions inspired Twitter users to brainstorm what a “Discreet Muslim” would look like: (Feel free to add your own)
“Don’t say you’re wearing a “hijab,” say you have a sensitive scalp. #DiscreetMuslim.”
“Don’t say “’I don’t eat non-halal meat.’ Say ‘I’m a vegan.’ #DiscreetMuslim.”
”Don’t say “I ate some couscous.” Say “I ate some semolina with ratatouille.” #DiscreetMuslim.”
“Don’t say “I’m going on the Muslim pilgrimage of hajj.” Rather, “I’m expanding French influence in key markets of Saudi Arabia.” #DiscreetMuslim #SmartMuslim.”
“- Why do you disappear five times a day?
– To eat my fruits and vegetables quietly.
“Don’t say I went to the mosque, say I went on a pedagogical trip to a building inspired by Ottoman architecture. #DiscreetMuslim.”
Don’t say ‘I speak Arabic,’ say ‘I speak a semitic language!’ #DiscreetMuslim.”
“No, I’m not praying. I’m just checking the flatness of the carpet. #DiscreetMuslim.”