Not that long, as we see in this depressing example of police servilely submitting to Muslims.
The French are made of sterner stuff than their cowering officials. A few months ago, a group of non-Muslims residents of Lyon wearing pig masks entered a fast-food restaurant that had gone halal, and protested being segregated in their own country.
Perhaps the Parisians will organize some appropriate response to this disappointing decision from officials.
Paris police ban pork street party in Muslim area, AP, June 15, 2010Obviously Francois and her Facebook friends donâ€™t like Muslims effectively taking over part of Paris. Itâ€™s still all France.
French police have banned a street party whose organizers planned to serve alcoholic cocktails and pork sausages in a heavily Muslim neighborhood of Paris, authorities said in a statement Tuesday.
Police said the party, called â€?Sausage and Booze,â€? could have been viewed as a provocation in the Goutte-dâ€™Or neighborhood of northern Paris, where many Muslims pray on the streets because there are not enough mosques. Alcohol and pork are forbidden by Islam and the party had been slated for just after Fridayâ€™s main Muslim weekly prayers.
Organizers said they were holding the party to protest Islamâ€™s encroachment on traditional French values in the neighborhood. Muslim groups had announced a counterparty serving halal, or religiously approved, food.
Police banned both events.
â€?Because of the organization, location, day and timing chosen, as well as the counterparty plans, this event â€¦ creates grave risks of public trouble,â€? the police statement said. Police also said they met at length with organizers on Tuesday before announcing the ban.
French rights group SOS Racisme praised the ban on the party, which they called it a â€?flagrant call for hatred.â€?
The woman who organized the party on Facebook and gives her name as Sylvie Francois denies any ties to the extreme right. She told the free daily Metro newspaper on Tuesday that she had launched the party as a way to â€?express exasperation.â€?
She complained that the â€?Islamizationâ€? of her working-class neighborhood was â€?more and more ostentatious,â€? and complained that Muslims now block several streets during Friday prayers.
â€?It offends my concept of the republicâ€™s secularism, I feel increasingly excluded in the neighborhood,â€? Francois said.
And what about the complaint that â€?Muslims now block several streets during Friday prayersâ€? â€” is that really a problem?