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What’s happening in France could come in

Observing the riots in the suburbs of Paris tempts an American to rejoice. Are not the French getting their just desserts for their arrogance, opposition and condescension toward the United States and for their observation that the predominantly poor victims of Hurricane Katrina revealed an ugly underside of America that they happily condemned?

Unfortunately, laughing at the French dilemma is a luxury we can afford only briefly, because what is happening in France among many of their Muslim immigrants is the immediate future for all of Europe and a probable future for the United States, if the West does not immediately and effectively confront this spreading threat.

France thought it could import millions of people who do not share its tolerant and laissez faire philosophy and not pay a price. The Muslim population in France is now estimated at about 5 million (compared to a total French population of about 60 million).

This is only an estimate, because French law forbids census questions related to one’s religion. It is possible the figure could be as many as 8 million Muslims in France. This compares to estimates between 12 to 20 million in all of the European Union.

Low fertility rates among the native-born French (the government is offering cash incentives to middle-class French women to have more babies) coupled with increasing Muslim immigration from North Africa, contribute to the undermining of French culture and social and political stability.

Anti-Semitism has been on the rise in France for years, as incidents ranging from graffiti to violence against Jews become almost daily occurrences.

France is experiencing what other Western nations are, or will soon, experience: millions of Muslim youth who identify with the larger and borderless “Muslim World” and less, or not at all, with their host countries. Mosques in these countries are growing as rapidly as Starbucks or McDonald’s franchises. The same is true in the United States. According to the Hartford Institute for Religion Research’s recent Faith Communities Today study, the total number of mosques in the United States increased 42 percent between 1990 and 2000, second only to the growth of Christian “mega churches.” They build many of these mosques with the help of Saudi Arabia, which adheres to the Wahhabi sect of Islam, the religion’s most puritanical and violent wing. In some cases, the mosques have schools that teach separation from American values and hatred of Jews and Christians.

France will be America’s future, if we don’t stop denying that this invasion is deliberate and purposeful. If we don’t end the proliferation of radical Muslims, it would not be out of the question to predict a terrorist plot to blow up American cities, if the U.S. government fails to bow to fanatical demands to abandon Israel. What would the government do if they put weapons of mass destruction in our cities and announced that unless Washington met their demands, they would annihilate millions of Americans? Before you start accusing me of bigotry, on what basis — other than your wishful thinking and refusal to confront this threat — do you base your position?

This is not going to be pleasant for countries and cultures that have believed in the “melting pot,” but radical surgery on a growing cancer is necessary when we have ignored early warning signs.

In the United States, a concerted effort is afoot to convert more of us to Islam, especially in prisons.

Why shouldn’t we fight back by reaching out to them with our religious and political doctrines? I know Muslims who have been converted and now live peaceful and productive lives among us. We shouldn’t passively allow them to proceed with their conversion agenda with no response. Let’s peacefully and lovingly share our far better religious and cultural message with them.

France has reached its limit. It must not allow more immigrants of the type who are rioting in the country and it must deport the troublemakers within its borders. There is no other way. Have the French learned their lesson? Will the United States learn from France?

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