Paris imam backs France's proposed burqa ban
I believe what we have here is a real live "moderate Muslim".
PARIS (Reuters) – A French imam active in Muslim dialogue with Jews has backed a law against full face veils, parting ways with most Muslim leaders in France urging parliamentarians not to vote for a planned "burqa ban."
Hassen Chalghoumi, whose mosque stands in a northern Paris suburb where many Muslims live, said women who wanted to cover their faces should move to Saudi Arabia or other Muslim countries where that was a tradition.
Death threats ought to begin in five, four, three, two ...
UPDATED - THE DEATH THREATS HAVE ALREADY BEGUN
From the Telegraph:
Death threats for French imam who preaches peace with Jewish neighbours
Preacher under police protection after Gaza conflict raises tensions in poor Paris suburb
Hassen Chalghoumi has devoted his life to bringing people together. For years he has preached the values of inter-faith harmony from his mosque in Paris's poor and fractious north-eastern suburbs, working with Jewish leaders, inviting them to his home and urging young people of all religions to embrace harmony in place of hatred.
But today the imam, whose work has been hailed by religious and political leaders, was in fear of his life and under police protection in Drancy after the tensions lying dormant in his community were reawoken by the conflict over 2,000 miles away in Gaza.
Enraged by his determination to show solidarity with the Jewish community at a time when they feel the battle lines are clear, unknown French Muslims have left death threats on his mobile phone. Some have stopped him in the street to warn him he is going "too far". His car has been vandalised and drenched in fuel.
"It is very hard to work for rapprochement in such a climate," he said. "But it has to be done."
This guy is really to be admired for standing up the way he does. A great man.
Go read the whole thing.