France has had issues concerning the cultural integration of their Muslim residents for years.
Now, one French writer, Christian de Moliner, has proposed a radical solution to the widespread cultural tension:
Split France in two.
“We can never get the toothpaste into the tube and convert the 30% of Muslims who demand the introduction of Sharia to the merits of our democracy and secularism,” de Moliner wrote in the French magazine Causeur according to a translation provided by PJ Media.
“We are now allowing segregation to take place that does not say its name.”
In his mind, things are bad, and are likely going to just get worse, leading to a possible civil war.
“While we are not yet at open war, the faithful of the Prophet are already grouped in areas sometimes governed by special rules (compulsory veil, rejection of Jews in certain ghettos, marriage and married life regulated by the Qur’anic principles),” he wrote.
Although some hope that the election of French President Emmanuel Macron would help the situation, according to de Moliner, the election just pushed creating solutions to the cultural divide further down the line.
Partially to blame, de Moliner believes, is the need for government officials to feel politically correct.
“For fear of appearing Islamophobic, to satisfy this waving fringe of Muslims, these governments are ready to accept the widespread spread of radical practices throughout the country: the veil at school and at work, the obligation of halal meat in all the cafeterias,” he wrote.
So what’s his solution to all of this chaos?
Two states in one territory, for all intents and purposes: a government in which Muslims are held accountable to secular laws, and an entire set of Islamic laws that citizens can opt into so that they can have Sharia.
“One territory, one government, but two peoples: the French with the usual laws and Muslims with Qur’anic status (but only for those who choose it),” he proposed.
Those who choose to live under Sharia “will have the right to vote… but they will apply Sharia in everyday life, to regulate matrimonial laws (which will legalize polygamy) and inheritance. They will no longer apply to French judges for disputes between Muslims, but to Sharia.”
Sharia won’t dominate the state, de Moliner argued. Rather the Muslim community would have the resources to settle a number of decisions out of secular court. Others will not be affected.
“Conflicts between Christians and (Muslims) will remain the responsibility of ordinary courts,” he suggested.
As a fail safe, he said, “no encroachment of Islam into ordinary legislation will be tolerated.”
Actually, the concept is not entirely without precedent. Algeria was governed similarly for quite some time with a reasonable amount of success.
The difference lies in the circumstance: The French live in France. France’s culture is French culture. Any members of any people group who immigrate to France are obligated to live under French law.
It’s not France’s job to ensure that their religious needs are satisfied.