French Muslim academics and their useful idiots on the Left are warning that the French government’s crackdown on Islamic extremism with new laws targeting radical mosques and imams and Islamic schools is causing an anti-Islam backlash against Muslims.
TimesofIsrael The French minister for higher education has sparked a backlash from university heads after warning about the spread of “Islamo-leftism”(“Islamo-gauchisme” in French)in the country’s academic institutions. The term “Islamo-leftism” is often used in France to discredit left-wing opponents they accuse of being blind to the dangers of Islamist extremism and overly worried about racism and identity.
What is “Islamo-Leftism?”
Al-Bawaba French philosopher, political scientist and historian Pierre-André Taguieff first used the term in his essay ‘The New Judeophobia’ in 2002 to refer to the collusion between the extreme left in the West and Islamic extremists. He described the term as a new kind of alliance between radical Muslims and far leftists to describe a movement of Islamo-fascism which involves the extreme left and strong elements of anti-Zionism.
A few years later, the term was used by philosopher Pascal Bruckner in his book in 2015 to describe the alliance between the atheist far left with radical fundamentalist Muslims. Islamo-Leftism” is a desperate attempt by putrefying, brain-dead Marxists to hoist themselves out of the dustbin of history by latching onto the coattails of Islam.” The leftists perceive Islam’s potential for fomenting societal unrest, therefore they promote tactical, temporary alliances with reactionary Islamic parties. Meanwhile, Islamic extremists pretend to join the left in opposing racism, neocolonialism, misogyny, and homophobia to achieve their true goal of imposing the “totalitarian theocracy,”
For some, “Islamo-leftism” is an Islamophobic term, used by those who fear an alliance between radical religious Muslims and the Western Left.
“I think that Islamo-leftism is eating away at our society as a whole, and universities are not immune and are part of our society,” Minister for Higher Education Frederique Vidal told CNews television on Sunday.
The comments came amid a divisive debate in France about what President Emmanuel Macron has termed “Islamic separatism,” in which Islamic extremists are said to be flouting French laws in closed-off Muslim communities and fueling terror attacks on French soil.
The lower house of parliament just approved a tough draft law on Tuesday that will extend the state’s powers to shut down Islamic religious groups judged to be extremist.
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In response to Vidal’s comments, the Conference of University Presidents (CPU) issued a statement on Tuesday expressing “its shock at another sterile controversy over the issue of ‘Islamo-leftism’ at university.” Last October, Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer had also warned that “Islamo-leftism” was “wreaking havoc” in French academia.
The CPU group, which represents the heads of French universities, condemned the use of the ill-defined label which it said should be left to the far right “which popularized it.”
Vidal also announced that she would order an investigation into the problem of researchers “looking at everything through the prism of wanting to fracture and divide,” which she said included those focused on colonialism and race.
The issue was one of the top trending topics on Twitter on Tuesday, with many professors and researchers outraged at the prospect of an investigation that could restrict academic freedom. Asked to comment further in parliament on Tuesday, Vidal said the investigation would determine “what is academic research and what is activism and opinion.”
Both Macron and Education Minister Blanquer have spoken out about the danger of focusing on race and discrimination, which they see as fostering divisions between communities and undermining France’s founding ideal of a united society.
But Vidal’s announcement was well received by politicians who share her concerns. Several MPs from the right-wing Republicans party had demanded in November a parliamentary investigation into what they termed “ideological intellectual excesses in universities.”