A unity march with little unity

What was the purpose of the big march in Paris on Sunday?

French authorities estimate more than a million Parisians marched – more even than when the Allies liberated France from the Nazis. But what was their point?

Some rallied for free speech. Many carried signs saying “Je Suis Charlie,” a reference to the Charlie Hebdo magazine staff who were murdered by Muslim terrorists for daring to draw cartoons of Mohammed. There were also lots of sad images of pencils. But very few images of Mohammed.

Was it a rally against Muslim terrorism? Perhaps. Many Parisians who were interviewed by the media talked about freedom and French values, including secularism. That’s an oblique way of opposing sharia law, of which censorship of images is a part. TV footage suggests there were few French Muslims in the march. Perhaps they worried it would be an anti-Muslim rally and stayed away; perhaps they simply support sharia.

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  • Xavier

    What was the unity march?

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    • Jason

      At least on the part of those models of humanity, Hollande, Merkel, Cameron, et al. There appearance there personally angered me. These are people whose policies are at least partially responsible for the societal conditions which made such an attack likely. Yet there they are trying to make political hay by slumming with the masses.
      But I’m guessing that the average attendee was frustrated, angry, scared – and desperately wanted to express those feelings, somehow. Cathartic. Whether it did any good is another question, of course.

      • Xavier

        Agreed. All this Unity and Je Suis but no images of Mo’hound troubles me. I fear the terrorists have accomplished their goal but the French do not realize it yet.

        • winniec

          A number of people carried Mohammed cartoons at the Toronto march.

          • Xavier

            Good for them.

          • Euro governments are already there, we are not far behind.

          • Did you attend Sunday? I could not. Any pictures?

            I took one Mohammed photo at the Je Suis Charlie Rally last week at Yonge & Bloor.

        • Je Suis FaceBook Activist.

          • disqus_W6sfZCiOd8

            That’s pretty silly. LOL

      • winniec

        You are right. The politicians created the conditions by ENCOURAGING Muslims in their delusory VICTIMHOOD and by telling the West that ‘WE MUST INTEGRATE WITH ISLAM’.
        That’s JUST what the terrorists were hoping to hear…so they encouraged us to integrate with Islam through TERROR!

      • It was a horrid hypocrisy.

  • winniec

    What ‘unity’ was Pally Pres. Abbas expressing?…approval of murdering Jews who were committing the crime of grocery shopping? The unity of his cash handouts?
    It was OBSCENE for Pres. Hollande to invite Abbas to celebrate the slaughter of Jews. The Pallies must have enjoyed the sick irony. Pallies were not at the march for the sake of freedom of expression that drew the other 1 million people. The Pallies hate freedom.

    • His presence was the most damning of all.

    • David

      hollande did not want Bibi to attend but when he insisted, hollande invited abbas to poke a finger in Bibi’s eye.

  • pdxnag

    A Moderate Muslim is perfectly happy if someone else enforces the Sharia. It is like they are just a lazy Muslim.

    • Xavier

      Moslem-lite. Until they’re activated.

    • EarlyBird

      They certainly have more brain cells working and figured out that a more subtle way to do jihad that will raise less suspicions from the infidels than running around with AKs, but they still have the same goals in the end.
      Pictured bellow: a true peaceful moderate muslim

  • pdxnag

    The Pencil
    The Pen
    Le Pen
    Marine Le Pen

  • k

    Nice one Ezra ^_^!!!