Monday, August 01, 2016
Local muslim community leaders in the French town where two attackers slit a priest's throat last week have refused to bury the attackers. It is a protest against ISIS to whom the attackers pledged their fealty. The leaders' protest is symbolic and important. Maybe other ISIS-influenced youth will think twice about engaging in violence if they know they will be spurned by muslims. The next logical step for the muslim community is not to wait until attacks occur but to turn in potential criminals before they strike. That is much harder because neither muslims nor authorities can know for sure who will go off the deep end. Still, refusing to bury the dead is a PR step in the right direction. France and Europe need more such demonstrations from muslim communities. The protests show that most muslim immigrants are peace-loving and not in support of the brutal ISIS movement.