Why this story matters:
Denouncing the "cancer" spread by religious leaders who have pushed young Muslims toward radicalization, the 30 imams have been working to unite religious communities, society and the country as a whole.
The 30 imams insist that the Quran is not a call for violence and that those who commit violence in the name of the Quran are criminals. And they remind readers that French Muslims also have been victims of terrorist attacks in France.
"We are calling at the same time the rest of our fellow citizens, especially intellectuals and politicians, to demonstrate discernment," the imams say.
This tribune is a worthy step toward creating a new dialogue in France, one that centers the kind of society we want. For years now, France has been unable to have a real debate about what's going on and how we want to live together. Will 2018 be a turning point?
Details from the story:
- On April 24, the French newspaper Le Monde published a tribune signed by some 30 imams denouncing radicalization and antisemitism.
- The imams also call for the unity of all French communities.
- This tribune was published few days after another onehad been denouncing a new wave of antisemitism in France andviolence from some Muslims.
- France was attacked several times by terrorists since 2012, and French people from a variety of races and religions were killed or hurt.
- France has the largest Jewish and Muslim communities in Europe. Due to its history, the debate has become really tense on these matters.