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Top New Statesman Writer, Francois-Cerrah, Spits on Charb and the Charlie Martyrs’ Graves.

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Charb: Took Advantage of Own Death to Make Money, Says New Statesman Writer.

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Myriam Francois-Cerrah

New Statesman writer; FL journo; Oxford PhD researcher; France, MENA, postcoloniality. Views=own. http://journalisted.com/myriam-francois-cerrah



These are some extracts (adapted)  from the book she is referring to:

“Racism and not of Islamophobia“The term ‘Islamophobia’ is badly chosen to designate the hatred that some cretins have of Muslims. It is not only badly chosen but it is also also  dangerous.”Charb wrote:”Communitarian activists try to impose on the judicial and political authorities the notion of ‘Islamophobia’. This has no other purpose than to push the victims of racism to assert that they are Muslims (…) If tomorrow all French Muslims converted to Catholicism or abandoned their religion, this would not change the main racist discourse: that foreigners or those who are French but of foreign origin are and will be always be held responsible for every kind of fault. “

“The Qu’ran or the Bible does not read like Ikea assembly instructions”

If he criticised the term “Islamophobia” Charb recognised that there is indeed a fear of Islam. But if this worry is “absurd”, it “is not a crime,” he said.

“The problem is not the Koran or the Bible, which are sleep-inducing, incoherent and poorly written novels. The problem comes from a believer who reads the Qur’an or the Bible as if they were the instructions of an Ikea shelf-kit.”

The author also believed that racist speech was unclenched under the presidency of Nicolas Sarkozy and his ‘debate’ on national identity:

“When the highest  authority in the State said (in effect) to every moron and fool, “say what you want, you lot’, what do you think these morons and fool will do? They began to say out loud what they had been content to yell at the end of every, well-oiled, family meal. “

 Francois-Cerrah has a very different book on the “soporific” romance of the Qur’an.

“The Qur’an was pivotal for me. I first tried to approach it in anger, as part of an attempt to prove my Muslim friend wrong. Later I began reading it with a more open mind. The opening of Al-Fatiha, with its address to the whole of mankind, psychologically stopped me in my tracks. It spoke of previous scriptures in a way which I both recognised, but also differed. It clarified many of the doubts I had about Christianity. It made me an adult as I suddenly realised that my destiny and my actions had consequences for which I alone would now be held responsible. In a world governed by relativism, it outlined objective moral truths and the foundation of morality. As someone who’d always had a keen interest in philosophy, the Qur’an felt like the culmination of all of this philosophical cogitation. It combined Kant, Hume, Sartre and Aristotle. It somehow managed to address and answer the deep philosophical questions posed over centuries of human existence and answer its most fundamental one, ‘why are we here?'”

We knew that she is one of the brigade of vultures who said of flocked around the attack on Charlie.

As she wrote in the New Statesman on January the 9th.

….they mocked the sacred symbols of many groups, but those of Muslims on a particularly frequent basis and in a distinctly racialised tone.

Not that this should ever warrant a violent response, but the eulogising of the magazine for some sort of mastery of European satirical tradition is a white wash of its chequered history as well as a capitulation to a simplistic narrative of “you’re either with the racist satirists or you’re with the terrorists”.

In weasel words she continued,

We must ensure slogans of solidarity become more than just narrow and questionable support for the targeted publication and instead provide resistance to all those voices which seek to divide France, to entrench camps and harden the already worrying divides.

Poor old Francois-Cerrah…..

Just couldn’t resist another dig at the corpses of our martyrs.

More on Charb’s much more interesting book:

A book written by the late editor of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, Stephane Charbonnier – known as Charb – is set to be published posthumously.

The book, which upholds the right to ridicule religion, was finished two days before Charb was killed by Islamic militants in January, publishers say.

It argues that the fight against racism is being replaced by a misguided struggle against “Islamophobia”.

Charb and 11 others were killed during a Charlie Hebdo editorial meeting.

The attack on the Paris offices of the newspaper was carried out by two brothers, Said and Cherif Kouachi, who were later shot dead by police.

Charb had received numerous death threats following Charlie Hebdo’s publication of cartoons featuring the Prophet Muhammad in 2006. The magazine’s offices were firebombed in 2012.

Charb’s book – which goes on sale on Thursday – is entitled An Open Letter to the Fraudsters of Islamophobia who Play into Racists’ Hands.

It is both a defence of Charlie Hebdo’s editorial stance and an attack on the paper’s detractors.

“The suggestion that you can laugh at everything, except certain aspects of Islam, because Muslims are much more prickly that the rest of the population – what is that, if not discrimination?”

He condemns this position as “white, left-wing bourgeois intellectual paternalism”.


There is also this, just out, on the book which was being written before the massacre at Charlie Hebdo and the Hyper-Casher supermarket:



Written by Andrew Coates

April 16, 2015 at 12:19 pm

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  1. Important contributioon on these themes by comrade Yves:

    Ni patrie ni frontières

    Anti-Muslim racism and anti-Semitism in Europe

    mercredi 15 avril 2015, par Yves

    This article has been published as a supplement to “Solidarity” n° 360, 14 April 2015, the weekly paper of the Alliance for Workers Liberty.
    All my thanks to the AWL comrades for their editing work !

    Here is a slightly different and longer version : the annex 1 develops my criticism of the Islamophobia concept and I tried to explain better the relationship between socalled “racial” and social factors in the introduction.

    Y.C., Ni patrie ni frontières, 15 April 2015

    The French Version gives a foretaste of the stand taken:

    De l’usage réactionnaire de la notion d’« islamophobie » par certains sociologues de gauche et… Amnesty International


    Andrew Coates

    April 16, 2015 at 5:16 pm

  2. Thanks. I just don’t get the hate that Francois-Serrah certainly feels. There are so many low points in the twitter thread. But she clearly documents, that many muslims are deeply narcissistic, on behalf of their religion.

    Niels Christensen

    April 16, 2015 at 6:22 pm

  3. Francois Cerrah must be competing with Galloway, all this guff and hot air will certainly lead to more global warming. Does FC claim to be on the left though? I realise that she is into all that PoMo PoCo twaddle but does she actually make a positive claim to be on the Left?


    April 16, 2015 at 6:27 pm

  4. Francois Cerrah is like the reverse Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Both women are voices for other peoples ideas and thoughts, they are spokepeople. Ayaan is able to criticize Islam as a black somali ex muslim, to the delight of right wingers and secularists such as Geert Wilders or Hitchens, while Francois is a white ex atheist who will never stop talking about how great Islam is for women to the delight of leftists and Muslims. its all a bit silly. I dont believe either Ayaan or Francois are at all typical of Muslim women. her ideas on Aisha, the Prophet’s youngest wife:



    April 16, 2015 at 8:01 pm

  5. Dan,

    I thought FC converted to Islam from Roman Catholicism, not a massive leap of faith?


    April 17, 2015 at 10:49 am

  6. She is also remarkably stupid if she thinks the Qur’an combines, “Kant, Hume, Sartre and Aristotle.”

    Andrew Coates

    April 17, 2015 at 12:23 pm

  7. Indeed so, I have certainly found none of Hume’s thinking in any of the verses of the Koran. And why would I?


    April 19, 2015 at 8:02 pm

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