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French government plans crackdown on radical Muslims, militant Catholics

December 13, 2012

The French government has announced a plan to combat religious groups that are judged “potentially violent,” including both militant Muslims and traditionalist Catholics.

Interior Minister Manuel Valls said that the government will protect the French tradition of secularity in government by fighting religious extremism, which he called “an offense to the Republic.” He said that his office will not seek to restrict religious opinions, but will try to determine “when it’s suitable to intervene to treat what has become a religious pathology.”

Among the groups cited as possible sources of “pathology” were radical Muslims and Civitas, a Catholic lay movement with ties to the Society of St. Pius X, which has organized public protests against anti-Christian bias.


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  • Posted by: veniteadoremus1822 - Dec. 14, 2012 1:13 PM ET USA

    A "religious pathology" in France, huh -- the eldest daughter of the Church? Best to treat the secular pathology there first.

  • Posted by: koinonia - Dec. 13, 2012 9:53 PM ET USA

    Sometimes violence comes from those considered least likely to be among the "potentially violent." As exhibited over the past century by governments in Germany, Russia, China, Korea, Vietnam, Syria, Libya, Aghanistan, Cuba, and a great many others there is plenty of "potential violence" to go around. In each place the potential was realized and many innocent people died. Death as the result of suitable and necessary "intervention" to root out "pathology." And abortion?... Ominous.

  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Dec. 13, 2012 7:18 PM ET USA

    This sound ominous. I can not imagine "Cathiolic" protests reaching levels approaching the things we have seen from the Muslims. It sounds like excessive political correctness to me.

  • Posted by: Justin8110 - Dec. 13, 2012 6:22 PM ET USA

    It sounds like something out of "Lord of the World". Dr. John Rao has often pointed out various ways how in a pluralist secularist State the ultimate offense against decency and the common good are serious ideas and the people who hold them and try to live according to them. Pluralism has no room for serious Catholicism, Islam, Protestantism or any other "ism" that doesn't compromise with it's wishy washy vague and ever shifting ideas.