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Not all civilisations equal, French minister says

Not all civilisations equal, French minister says

French Interior Minister Claude Gueant, who also holds the immigration portfolio, caused political uproar by claiming that not all civilisations are equal, with some more advanced than others.

“Contrary to what the left’s relativist ideology says, for us all civilisations are not of equal value,” Gueant on Saturday told a conference in the French parliament building, but closed to the media.

“Those which defend humanity seem to us to be more advanced than those that do not,” he argued in his speech at a meeting organised by a right-wing students group. “Those which defend liberty, equality and fraternity, seem to us superior to those which accept tyranny, the subservience of women, social and ethnic hatred,” he went on his speech, a copy of which was obtained by AFP. He stressed the need to “protect our civilisation.”

The interior minister’s comments provoked a torrent of criticism from the opposition and on the Internet, less than three months a head of a French presidential election. The left denounced his speech as an attempt by President Nicolas Sarkozy to woo the far-right National Front voters ahead of the presidential election.

Gueant has repeatedly linked immigration with crime in France and last month said the delinquency rate among immigrants was “two to three times higher” than the national average. Last April, he declared that an increase in the number of Muslim faithful in France posed a “problem”.

AFP, 5 February 2012

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26 Comments »

  1. Hes a racist just like zarkozy

  2. Seeing as I don’t really believe in moral relativism, I technically don’t believe hundreds of things can be equal either. HOWEVER, I did not read the article, and if he said something completely stupid and disgusting.. well, not the first time a politician would be publicly bigoted -.-

  3. French society isn’t a civilization. It’s a bunch of people who refuse to bathe, or shave. Thank God their culture is going extinct.

  4. some civilizations ARE more advanced than others – otherwise we’d still be hunting mammoths with stone axes. Like the Arab civilization in the middle ages as compared to the European – it’s just a fact. They don’t necessarily make better people though, and the advancement of a civilization does not really advance morality that much..

  5. Because we live in this particular civilization, we tell the story of mankind in a way that makes our own civilization the most advanced. We do not consider, for example, that other civilizations may have chosen NOT to advance in the particular way we did. Alex, I don’t think we’d be hunting mammoths at all since that particular creature seems to have gone extinct! But apparently the stone axe was adequate for those hunters so why would they seek another weapon? It would not become necessary until there were more people to fee, fewer mammoths to hunt – or the advent of the idea of “sport hunting.” Perhaps we as humans take more credit for advancing civilization than we really deserve!

  6. If civilization lies in “fraternity, equality, and liberty,” France itself must be inferior as it is the Charlie Sheen of civility.

  7. In france people are not equal. You are not allowed to say that though because everyone is the same. We are all French, we can’t be affiliated with another background. So even though their are minorities they are never recognized because we are all french, all equal.

  8. Whether or not one civilization is more advanced than another would depend on one’s perspective. Who is to judge what the measure of advanced is?

  9. not all civilisations are equal look at say japan and its history and then at say angola. Japan has been around for centuries angola years how are they equal. This is stupid people should be looked at as equals not civilisations.

  10. @priscilla you answer your own question they would seek another weapon in order to grow to feed more people. The more meat in the ancient diet the larger it allowed the brain to grow. Also the mammoths went extinct a relativly short time ago in human history as mammoths died at the end of the last ice age it gave rise to larger and more kinds of animals that would eat humans. So humans had to advance or they would have been killed out and gone the way of the mammoth much like neadertals did. YOu should really learn history before you put out stupid ideas.

  11. The Colonial Idealogy is obviosly not dead.

  12. “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.” -George Orwell (“Animal Farm”)

  13. The title is misleading because it doesn’t include the word ‘value’. It’s not untrue to say civilisations aren’t equal in some way, and they certainly aren’t all treated equally. I do think they are all of equal value though.

  14. I didn’t read the article, but I don’t see what the problem is. It’s a fact that some countries are more developed and advanced than others.

  15. *some civilizations

  16. First of all the french president is Jew , which is why he is going after muslims with nonsense laws. Second. When you elect a retard with ex model wife , well you get this . He than hires morons enough said. I think the civilization his talking about is the french who do nothing but drink and eat .

  17. Fuck Eurocentric thought. What did it bring to the Americas?

  18. Seems somebody hasn’t studied anthropology…

  19. How exactly is that a controversial statement? Are all cultures equal? Is a culture that advocates death for apostasy equal to a culture that advocates freedom of choice for all? Is a culture that gives equal rights to women equal to a culture that views women as “deficient in religion and intelligence”?

  20. ^ Is a culture where people are BRAINWASHED to the core equal to the other , well-informed , cultures? mmmmm think twice on this one buddy! ;) By the way , your last sentence shows it all though.

  21. I agree with the Minister on this one..

  22. No, a culture in which people are thoroughly brainwashed is not equal to a culture in which people are open-minded and able to think critically. That wasn’t a hard question. What does my last sentence show? I was just quoting the man so many consider “perfect”.

  23. I agree with the man, not all civilizations are equal. The statement, for me, does not critique Islam but it does include societies which oppress their citizens and heavly favor a selected few.

  24. Don’cha love the pseudo experts?

  25. The Charlie Sheen of civility? Good one, Rashad.

  26. Ahmed Mohammad

    Look up John stewart
    Or max blumethal

    There are good jews out there. Like there are bad muslims. We dont like it people compare us to bin laden, lets not do it to the jews. No matter how tempting, yes Netanyahu and Olmert piss me off, its unislamic. Moses was Jewish, so was jesus, if your gna poit fingers at least call them zionists.

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