It’s a clash of cultures in France when French values of secular government and religious freedom meet Islamic fundamentalism.
After a French teacher was beheaded for showing a caricature of Muhammed in class, France has seen more attacks. Thursday, three people were killed inside a church by a man wielding a knife.
French President Emmanuel Macron’s attempts to settle things down haven’t worked very well. He said that while he understands the outrage over caricatures of Muhammed, that outrage should never justify violence. These statements have inflamed many Muslims into anger, and thousands around the world have marched in protest of Macron’s comments and boycotted French products.
Floyd Brobbel of Voice of the Martyrs Canada talks about the intent behind these attacks. “They are looking for Muslims to rise up and to recreate, by all means necessary, the rule of Islam throughout the world. That’s the end goal of this radical, militant form of Islam.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller
CALL TO ACTION
- Ask God to help French Christians bear witness to the love and hope of Christ during a frightening time.
- Pray Muslims in France and around the world would not be drawn into radical, violent movements.