A successful rally, etc...
Apologies for my absence. Many issues - medical and veterinary - as well as household problems, have sapped me of my mental energy these past three days. Nothing is wrong - just routine events that all happen at the same time.
First, regarding the rally for the Pakistani Catholic woman, Asia Bibi, according to Bernard Antony, it was a success. From one article he posted at AGRIF, here are excerpts of a message he relayed to the ambassador of Pakistan in France:
(…) This humble mother, isolated, defenseless, has been obviously the object of vengeance by her neighbors and of odious testimonies leading to her terrible imprisonment; then, twice, to a death sentence by hanging.
(…) Your excellency, in these early days of the 21st century, your great country does not deserve to be associated with an act that, beyond all legitimate patriotism, our common attachment to truth and respect for human dignity reproves. Please express to your government the wish we all have that the Supreme Court of your country not submit to pressures that would cause it to render a verdict contrary to justice and to God's mercy. But, before that even takes place, may the highest authority of your State allow the innocent Asia Bibi to benefit from the grace that humanity is demanding for her.
In another article, posted at his blog, he thanks the two thousand who showed up for the rally. This appears to be a "success", considering that less publicized events such as this one sometimes attract only a few hundred, if that:
(…) The executive committee of Chrétienté-Solidarité-Persécutions reports with satisfaction the good attitude of the police, who at first doubted that a great number of persons could be brought together for such a cause, on a weekday, during the period of the All Saints' Day vacation, when Paris empties out.
(…) Chrétienté-Solidarité, on this occasion, tightened its bonds with the Pakistani Catholic community of Paris, whose president, Mushktaq Bhatti, was warmly applauded while attendees listened religiously to prayers in Urdu to the Virgin Mary. Our Christian brothers, refugees from Iraq, and other countries subjugated to legal persecutions in the name of Koranic sharia or to the abominations of terrorist jihad, also came to our gathering in great numbers. The executive committee of Chrétienté-Solidarité also noted the real and continued tightening of bonds between Muslims converted to Christianity and persecuted Christians.
The committee thanked its two members who worked to these ends: Christoph Bilek, founder of Notre-Dame de Kabylie and the Iraqi Elish Yako.
The committee is also grateful for the significant presence of journalists from different media and hosts of websites and blogs.
Note: He goes on to thank specific bloggers and radio stations.
Meanwhile, much has happened in three days:
In Canada, they can't decide how convert-to-Islam killer Zehaf-Bibeau got the gun he used to shoot up the Parliament in Ottawa
In France, Turkish-born Franco-Israeli historian, a specialist in minority groups, and senator from the Ecology-Green Party, Esther Benbassa, has labeled Eric Zemmour as "The Buffoon of King Populism". She accuses him of being pro-Pétain and of condoning the deportation of Jews during the Occupation; she calls him a "manipulator of ideas" unworthy of the name "ideologue" which she finds "too noble" to apply to him; and she calls him, among many other insults, the "Frankenstein of bad faith and of reductive babbling":
"It's the rule of the populist game: people want something 'true', 'concrete' and if possible a little bit of distraction. Dieudonné provides this, a professional 'humorist'. Zemmour does the same thing, in a slightly different register, supported by the current trend favoring the Front National that has, for a long time, designated which enemies are to be felled by the revenge of the populace, which ones would lead France to decadence, 'foreigners' first of all. You would need a short memory not to recall the 1930's. Then the enemy was the Jew."
Benbassa is doing what others have done to Zemmour - accusing him of being an antisemite because he is not on the side of Islamic immigration, as all good Jews are expected to be.
Top, Bernard Antony addressing the rally. Below, Madame Benbassa pictured at a "kiss-in", where she kissed members of Act-Up, a militant pro-homosexual group. (Poor Eric Zemmour, he does not have the charming Benbassa as an ally.)