The UK’s Daily Mail reported the shocking news Wednesday: “Two thirds of French people think white, European, Christian populations are being ‘threatened with extinction’ by immigration from Muslim and African countries. Sixty per cent of French people said such a scenario will ‘definitely’ or ‘probably’ play out in the country when asked by pollsters, who published the results last week.”
The poll, according to the Mail, “was conducted to test belief in the idea of a ‘Grand Replacement’, a concept touted by Eric Zemmour – a right-wing pundit who could face off against Macron in next year’s election.” The more common term is “the Great Replacement,” the idea that the political elites are bringing massive numbers of migrants into the free societies of the West in order to subvert them and create a population that is used to authoritarianism and more easily controlled. It’s also an idea that will get you denounced as a conspiracy theorist and hatemonger by our self-anointed moral superiors. Evidently they’re now going to have to write off two-thirds of France’s population as “racist” and “Islamophobic.”
Yet while the British media, and the establishment media all over the world, universally cast the problem in racial terms, the root problem here is not racial at all, but ideological. Oussama Cherribi, a member of the Dutch Parliament, quoted an imam in Holland: “The sharia (Islamic law) does not have to adapt to the modern world because these are divine laws. People have to bend to the sharia.”
According to the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Izmir, Turkey, Giuseppe Bernardini, in Europe “the ‘dominion’ has already begun.” He notes that Saudi “petro-dollars” have been used “not to create work in the poor North African or Middle Eastern countries, but to build mosques and cultural centers in Christian countries with Islamic immigration, including Rome, the center of Christianity….How can we ignore in all this a program of expansion and re-conquest?”
Bernardini recounted a conversation he had with a Muslim leader who said to him: “Thanks to your democratic laws, we will invade you. Thanks to our religious laws, we will dominate you.”
French authorities have been reluctant to antagonize their growing and restive Muslim minority, despite the fact that many imams in France have said essentially the same thing.
Late in September 2019, French politician Marion Maréchal described France’s “first major challenge, the most vital,” as “the Great Replacement, this demographic countdown, which already makes us realise the possibility of becoming a minority on the land of our ancestors.” A multicultural society in France, she said, would be “fractured and violent,” and she noted that France in many ways had already changed beyond recognition: “After 40 years of mass migration, Islamic lobbies and political correctness, France is in the process of passing from the eldest daughter of the Catholic Church, to becoming the little niece of Islam. Terrorism is only the tip of the iceberg — this is not the France that our grandparents fought for.”
Maréchal had a point. Special accommodation of Muslim sensibilities has become the cultural norm in France and all over Western Europe. The accommodation is a one-way street. In October 2020, a Muslim migrant named Abdulakh Anzorov murdered a French schoolteacher, Samuel Paty, for the crime of showing a cartoon of Muhammad to his class. Abdulakh Anzorov’s father, Abouyezid Anzorov, stated proudly: “I educated him to love Allah more than his parents.” At a French school, the Lycée Gustave-Jaume in Pierrelatte, last week, graffiti was found scrawled on a wall in the boy’s restroom: “F*** the Islamophobes,” “To all teachers, I’ll behead you.”
Earlier this month, a French court sentenced another Muslim migrant to four years (that’s all) in prison for attempting to murder his own sister. Her crime? She was “too Westernised.”
There are so many stories like these, published on virtually a daily basis in the French alternative media, that it is impossible to keep track of them all. They vividly illustrate the fact that France has welcomed a large and growing population of people among whom are many who have absolute contempt for French law and no intention of obeying it, and who believe that they have a responsibility before Allah to replace that French law with Islamic law as soon as it becomes possible to do so. After all, the Muslims are the “best of people, enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong (Qur’an 3:110), while the non-Muslims are “the most vile of created beings” (Qur’an 98:6).
Those vile beings have every reason to be concerned. But they’ll be denounced and vilified as “Islamophobes” anyway.
Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is author of 23 books including many bestsellers, such as The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades), The Truth About Muhammad and The History of Jihad. His latest book is The Critical Qur’an. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.