The decapitated teacher in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine after showing caricatures of Mahomet to his students in the frame a course on freedom of expression has “done his job” and was “respectful”, said Sunday the rector of the mosque of Lyon. “The professor has done his job,” said Kamel Kabtane, also president of the Rhône Mosque Council, in a telephone interview with AFP. “He had the right to raise the intellectual level on tolerance and freedom of expression. He was respectful and he even suggested to students who might feel shocked to come out. He wanted to speak without offending, without hurting.” , insists Kamel Kabtane.
“The Koran says: whoever killed a man, it was all of humanity that he killed”
“In France, freedom of expression exists and it must exist”, adds the rector, for whom the perpetrator (s) have proven by their acts that they are “not religious”. “I do not incriminate Islam, which is a religion of peace and tolerance. The perpetrator is an illuminated. These terrorists have nothing religious. They claim to be the prophet while the Koran says : the one who killed a man, it is the whole of humanity that he killed. The prophet does not need these people. Religion is unharmed. These terrorists are not religious but use religion to take power, ”he said. For the Muslim dignitary, social networks are for a large part in the controversy over the teaching of the professor who preceded his murder.
“The community is worried, for its safety and for the image it reflects”
“Social networks take a closer look at what’s going on and give a distorted view. We have manipulated this teacher’s teaching into something that deserves death. This situation tends to escalate. speak only by social networks, by invectives “, regrets the rector, saying henceforth to fear for his co-religionists. “The Muslim community is on the front line. All Muslims look at each other saying: what could we have done to get there? The community is worried, for its safety and for the image it reflects . What will be the continuation? Public opinion will surely seize this situation to put it on the index and it has already started, “said the rector. “There is a minority and it is they that we listen to the most while we do not listen to the majority”, he judges.
“How to invest to preserve living together? We must talk to each other and reflect. We must have another vision of Islam,” he adds, announcing that he is meeting this Sunday afternoon the rectors of mosques in the department on the subject.