by Giulio Meotti
Manuel Vall’s concerns about the meaning of the proliferation of
Islamic veils in France are quite understandable. The prime minister is
right in asserting that Islamic communitarianism is challenging French
less solid, however, is his idea of banning burkinis, the bath
costume of pious Muslim women. Because there is something hysterical
can not reduce the clash of civilizations to a swimsuit. And those who
raise the scandal about burkinis do not raise an eyebrow (and perhaps
enjoy) when churches are converted into mosques, a priest is butchered
or when twelve cartoonists are slaughtered in Paris for portraying the
Prophet of Islam.
Islamic rejection of Europe is often
fed by our sloppy and shallow secularist mindset. Do French want all
Muslims to wear bikinis?
It is not difficult to imagine how
the clash between a stripped world, ours, and a world that covers
itself, theirs, will play out. Narcissistic France relies solely on the
placid socialistic materialism where the highest good is pleasure.
France has removed any reason why people should care about anything
other than their own personal bliss and security.
The summer of 2016 will be remembered as one of the most violent ever. “Islamism wants our death”, wrote Le Figaro's
Natasha Polony. “Our physical and civilizational death (…) But
fortunately for us, we oppose the killers with our beautiful spirit of
resistance: in the face of danger, we continue to live as before. The
proof? Three million French and tens of millions of Americans, Britons,
Germans ... roaming the streets, their phones in hand, [aiming] to drive
virtual characters called Pokemon. Not just children. Also adults.”
see France as weak and attack it precisely because French ground their
lives in material comfort rather than in faith and culture. Muslims see
French capitulation to violence as the manifestation of the spiritual
poverty of a people for whom the highest good is physical gratification
and nothing exists that is worth fighting and dying for.
This is also the meaning of the French indifference to violence against Christians and Jews in Middle East.
Europeans have sacrificed values and beliefs that ensure survival for
pleasure, a trade-off that can end only in extinction. This is the root
of French hysteria about the burkini. The shameful trading of survival