After books, action. Author of two books critical of Islamic fundamentalism, journalist Mireille Valette just founded the Swiss Association vigilance Islam (ASVI), to “bring together those concerned about the Islamization of Switzerland and Europe,” explained Time at the end of June It now has several dozen members. What for? Interview.
Mireille Valette, why create this association?
Because the development of a literal Islam in Switzerland favors the claims contrary to our values, equality between men and women, for example, and bears generally affecting the secular character of our society. Gradually we come to accept requests for halal meals, medical examination of Muslim women by women, the veil in public places or schools. In the past, girls are so designated as sexual objects and boys as potential predators.
The creation of an association against Islamism would it not have been clearer? You shuffle the debate.
Thorny problem. The literal Islam considers the Koran as perfect. However, this book contains precepts, injunctions regarding such unacceptable amputation of thieves, slavery, women, polygamy, treatment of religious minorities, etc.
In your opinion, can not be a Muslim without being Islamist?
One can, fortunately. But when in the Tribune de Geneva from July 7, Gottfried Locher, president of the Swiss Council of Religions, explains a point to debate with leaders recognized Swiss Muslims is the issue of “freely leave his religion” and that the debate ” will be hot “because” deny his faith in Islam is not a sinecure, “I conclude that these religious leaders who say all year long they comply with Swiss law in fact does not meet the one of its basic components, the freedom of conscience. Can they really be considered integrated … moderate Muslims? And the three imams interviewed by this time from April 30, including that of the great mosque of Geneva, who refuse to condemn the stoning and polygamy, they represent Islam or Islamism? As our association, “there is no watertight division” between the two approaches.
Our societies have accepted their own Christian Diversity. Why not adapt to certain requests of Muslims?
Which ones? I do not accept any compromise on the claims which are or bigoted or reactionary. Those relating to women, morals or freedom of expression. It is very weakened. Self-censorship is widespread. The intolerance of the devotees is so integrated that deprogrammed early manifestations of our cultural heritage. See recently Britten’s opera. On his blog, Hani Ramadan, director of the Islamic Center, attributes all the ills of the planet “Zionism” without arousing the slightest indignation. Now the radicalization of Muslim communities in Europe and Switzerland is accelerating, especially among youth.
The University of Fribourg Switzerland has launched a Center for Islam “include Muslims in a scientific dialogue, subject to qualitative criteria of rationality.” It is opposed by the UDC. What do you think?
Basically, I was favorable. I am more after making a survey to be released in September. The center will address such professionals in contact with Muslims. I fear alas whether example to explain to healthcare professionals how to “treat the Muslim woman” to fit his beliefs rather than teaching them how to understand that Switzerland, patients are treated on an equal basis regardless of their religion or gender.
You condemn the “convenience of the elites face retrograde claims of Muslim communities.” In Geneva, in which facts are you referring to?
The scarf girls is accepted in all schools. A prayer room was installed Lullier. An opera by Britten was canceled and rescheduled. Left, particularly the Greens, no critical debate on Islam or on the sailing is possible on behalf of the refusal to stigmatize.
Your association has set itself the aim of participating in political debate. How?
By entering for example the collection of signatures on the initiative on banning the full veil in Switzerland. I also would dream to launch an initiative banning the wearing of headscarves by students in Geneva.
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