I just talked to a friend yesterday who has spent a considerable amount of time in France. The reason is because she loves France and has a vision to bring revival there.
She has spent a fair amount of time in places such as Paris, but has also gone to the countryside. She is fairly well off and has been able to vacation there quite a lot.
Anyway, the point is, she reads a paper regularly from there, and has first-hand knowledge from having spent time there, so I thought I'd ask about the information I received about wide-spread anti-Semitism happening in France. She said she has not heard of such a thing. She thought the number of Muslims sounded far-fetched and that the Muslims in France were not lashing out at Jews.
She said that the Muslims in France do not have the same rights as in the United States. If the women want to wear Burkas in Paris they are not allowed to. If children want to dress differently to public school, they are not allowed to.
Children born to Muslims in France are not granted citizenship as they are in the United States. They are considered people without a country, so by the time they are 18 or so, they become angry, and there have been riots by some of these young people. These riots are aimed at the government of France, not towards Jews.
Certainly there have been instances of anti-Semitism, she said, just as in the United States, but not in alarming numbers.
This is interesting news, and it causes me to question the validity of Snopes, which didn't deny the account of the email that said there was all this widespread anti-semitism happening in France.
I would believe my friend first and foremost. She has a heartfelt interest in France.
She said that the Muslims that live in France are concentrated in the larger cities such as Paris and Marseilles. And she said there are probably about 4 million of them.
It sounds like A) the Muslims in France are more interested in protesting their own hindered rights than attacking Jews
B) that they are more peace-keeping than what was described in this email
C) that they have legitimate reason for their protests
It also sounds as if the person circulating the email was trying to create unnecessary alarm about the spread of Islam and the danger of Muslim beliefs. We need to understand people. Not all Muslims are being destructive, and France is not such an impotent country. Look, it doesn't even allow Muslims to practice their religion as freely as we do in our country.
Radical Islam shouldn't make us crazy. OK, don't deny that it exists, but don't see it under every tree either!!!