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Muslims in Italy, France Attend Mass to Show Solidarity

Muslims in Italy, France Attend Mass to Show Solidarity

Their leaders also encouraged anyone to speak out about anyone plotting future attacks.

Italian and French Muslims attended Catholic Mass to show solidarity after two ISIS terrorists executed Father Jacques Hamel in his church in northern France.

From TIME:

A few dozen Muslims gathered at the towering Gothic cathedral in Rouen, near Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray where the 85-year-old Rev. Jacques Hamel had his throat slit by two teenage Muslim fanatics on Tuesday.

“We are very moved by the presence of our Muslim friends and I believe it is a courageous act that they did by coming to us,” Dominique Lebrun, the archbishop of Rouen, said after the service.

Some of the Muslims sat in the front row, across from the altar. Among the parishioners was one of the nuns who was briefly taken hostage at Hamel’s church when he was killed. She joined her fellow Catholics in turning to shake hands or embrace the Muslim churchgoers after the service.

Catholics in attendance applauded the community for their gesture:

“Look at this whole Muslim community that attended Mass,” she said. “I find this very heartwarming. I am confident. I say to myself that this assassination won’t be lost, that it will maybe relaunch us better than politics can do. Maybe we will react in a better way.”

Abdullah Cozolino, secretary general of Italy’s Islamic Confederation attended service at the Treasure of St. Gennaro chapel where he spoke from the altar.

In his Friday sermon, Mohammed ben Mohammed of the Union of Islamic communities in Italy encouraged people “to report anyone who may be intent on damaging society. I am sure that there are those among the faithful who are ready to speak up.”

Ahmed El Balzai, an imam in Italy, is not scared for speaking out:

“I am not afraid. … These people are tainting our religion and it is terrible to know that many people consider all Muslim terrorists. That is not the case,” El Balazi said. “Religion is one thing. Another is the behavior of Muslims who don’t represent us.”


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There are plenty of good Muslims. But it does not change the fact that more US Soldiers have been killed by their fellow Muslim US soldiers – than Muslim US soldiers have died on the battle field. It is hard to trust them with your life.

    Ragspierre in reply to MattMusson. | August 1, 2016 at 9:23 am

    You really should never trust crap you read on the cartoon blog of Dim Jim Hoft.

    Pretty much every person in Iraq or Afghanistan has trusted his or her life to Muslims, and with very good effect.

    The Surge was only possible with help from Muslims.

    Marcus Luttrell would never have been the “Sole Survivor” if not for the courage of Afghan villagers who risked everything to protect him from the Taliban.

      MattMusson in reply to Ragspierre. | August 1, 2016 at 11:18 am

      And yet – American soldiers have been killed by their fellow US soldiers who are Muslim in the name of Allah.

      OnTheLeftCoast in reply to Ragspierre. | August 1, 2016 at 11:21 am

      All true, but Hoft didn’t make up his figures. In fact, he has bipartisan sourcing, too: CNN and Peter King (R-NY.)

      And 15% of coalition casualties in Afghanistan in 2012 were “green on blue.” Having less to do with the locals is a big part of what has helped reduce that.

        Ragspierre in reply to OnTheLeftCoast. | August 1, 2016 at 11:35 am


        First, it wasn’t Hoft who wrote that crap. He DID publish it.

        Second, “The statistic is derived from a 2011 report by Rep. Peter King (R-NY). No Muslim soldiers appear to have been reported killed in action since then as the media has only reported the 14 Muslim KIA.”

        So the idiot who wrote that admits her numbers are years out of date, she got them from a single source, and she depends on the MSM entirely. She makes NO effort to address this, or to bring her numbers current…or accurate.

        THIRD, who says the author gets to just cherry-pick all of American history for the sake of presenting utter bullshit? When you consider ALL Muslim combat deaths in American history, how does the stat look?

    As you state, there are plenty of good Muslims. But there is no good Islam. Geert Wilders has stressed this point repeatedly.

    Muslims themselves are the first victims of Islam. Many Muslims know intuitively that the instructions in their Koran are in direct conflict with their natural inclinations towards others. But far too many Muslims (that is to say, any number greater than zero) blunt those inclinations and plow ahead following the many, express and unambiguous Koranic instructions on how to deal with the non-Muslim.

    From our (kaffir; non-Muslim) point of view, here’s our problem: We don’t know who’s who.

    ooddballz in reply to MattMusson. | August 2, 2016 at 11:05 am

    There are plenty of good Muslims. There were plenty of good Germans also, but in order to root out the Nazi philosophy, damn near the whole country had to be destroyed.

    I fear that there will soon be a backlash against Islam that will make WWII look like a wet firecracker by comparison.

It’s a beginning. But pray for those brave souls. They placed themselves at serious risk of harm by their coreligionists.

Finally, finally, we are getting lots of Muslims to speak up about their own, better, version of Islam, and their message is getting through to our media. This is a hopeful sign, to me.

They’re doing it in the local languages, too.

Of course, we have the American Democratic Party pretending that our problems with Muslims have to do with Donald Trump’s “Islamophobia,” instead of the significant conduct of Islamists, coupled with the fecklessness of the current administration. Today’s San Diego Union Tribune has a front-page article an an editorial excoriating Donald Trump because he said……well, they do not say what he said.

And that’s the point. God knows what this man the Democrats dug up thinks Trump said. And, the newspaper, and its editorial staff, do not want us to know.

Another day, another rabbit trail.

    Rick in reply to Valerie. | August 1, 2016 at 10:44 am

    We should let the Muslims work out their issues in their homelands, and if those with the “better version of Islam” prevail, we could then consider a process of letting a few come to the US.

      MattMusson in reply to Rick. | August 1, 2016 at 11:20 am

      Right now – Saudis and Iranians are fighting in 4 proxy wars. At some point they will both acquire nuclear weapons. There is not much we can do to stop them from fighting.

    randian in reply to Valerie. | August 2, 2016 at 1:33 am

    If only the “better” version of Islam was real. This is very likely taqiyya designed to lull the infidel into complacency.

    As for the mass, what better way to demonstrate dominance in another’s house of worship than by occupying it? That’s how their fellow Muslims will see it: occupation as prelude to conquest.

Paul In Sweden | August 1, 2016 at 10:50 am

Nice to see a few dozen of the 15-20 million Muslims show up for a photo op and press event follow up at the mass.

They can get themselves Papal indulgences, and that won’t affect anything.

When they squeal to law enforcement about their terrorists while they’re just plotting (going all pious after they’ve been killed while committing their depredations won’t do);

When they drop, utterly and completely, “honor” killings;

When any Iman who preaches that anybody—Jews included—is a pig fit only for slaughter, finds himself out on the street and permanently out of a job;

When they stop bitching about freedom of speech (yes, we really can criticize Mohammad, it’s perfectly legal and it’s going to stay that way);

When they start treating CAIR the way the rest of us treat the KKK;


When they stop whining about bacon;

Then perhaps I’ll start thinking that, just maybe, Muslims are actually fit for civilized (or at least American) society.

They have a long way to go, and they haven’t really started yet.

    Daiwa in reply to tom swift. | August 1, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Hard to disagree. Hopefully this is a genuine crack in the door which could potentially lead to better things. Hard to know.

I wouldn’t be too impressed by this. Apparently, the vast majority of the Muslims who showed up for these events were Ahmadiyyas, Islam’s own ultra persecuted version of the Unitarians.

    randian in reply to Ronin0985. | August 2, 2016 at 1:36 am

    The problem with the Ahmadiyyas is that while they’re persecuted by other Muslims, they see themselves as Muslim and thus as see themselves as superior to and destined to dominate the infidel, just like all other Muslim sects. They simply don’t care about jihad directed at the infidel, they only care about takfir being declared on them.

Casing the joint? I hope I’m wrong…

I don’t like this- There are many ways to pay their respects, to show solidarity and sympathy. They don’t have to come to our churches. This is not a detente photo op- it is a solemn requiem for the soul of the beheaded priest.