Will banning foreign funds for French mosques help combat terrorism?

In calling for a ban on foreign financing of French mosques, France’s prime minister has touched on a tricky debate in a country where the state’s relations with a fragmented Muslim community are constrained by entrenched secular rules.

It’s a start, but only a small one.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    In short, the answer is yes. Vetting the entry of foreign imams is also necessary.

  • Maggat

    It’s a start, a small pitiful one, but none the less a start.

  • Jay Currie

    I fear the rot has run a little deeper than foreign funded mosques…

    The happy idea that there can be a “French Islam” is entirely delusional. As your local imam will tell you, there is only Islam. All the more so when the French Muslim population deliberately segregates itself and is not exactly embraced by old stock French people.

    As David Goldman rightly pointed out, the whole apparatus of Islamic terror will only be defeated when the Muslim population as a whole is more afraid of the French state than it is of its own radicals. Defunding mosques is not going to produce those conditions. Razing any mosque attended by a terrorist might be a good start. Apparently there was one just around the corner from the Church where that poor priest was murdered. Start there.

  • xavier

    It’s a start followed by deportation of foreign imams who preach sedition. Then a concerted effort to compel the imams to defend Islam from philosophical theological and ideological perspectives how its claims are true reasonable and rational

  • simus1

    French politicians can talk a good game on almost anything and everything.
    Getting real results from them that will move the ball is uncommon.