Monday, April 10, 2017

Friend of NOM, Marine Le Pen, Demonstrates Her Antisemitism

Marine Le Pen
French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen claimed on Sunday that France was not responsible for the notorious roundup of  Jews during World War II. On July 16 and 17, 1942 French police arrested 13,000 Jews in Paris. Those arrested were held at the Vélodrome d'Hiver (winter velodrome) before being deported to their deaths in concentration camps. The incident is known as the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup.

Over the last 20 years it has been the policy of France to recognize responsibility for the roundup.  The roundup was organized by France's police chief, René Bousqet in an effort to impress his Nazi counterparts. Nevertheless, according to Le Pen:
France wasn’t responsible for the Vel d’Hiv, If there was responsibility, it is with those who were in power at the time, it is not with France. France has been mistreated, in people’s minds, for years.
While Ms. Le Pen has been trying to distance her party, the National Front, from extremism, this is similar to statements made by her father Jean-Marie Le Pen who is a Holocaust denier:
If you take a 1,000-page book on World War II, the concentration camps take up only two pages and the gas chambers 10 to 15 lines. This is what one calls a detail.
And:
I ask myself several questions. I'm not saying the gas chambers didn't exist. I haven't seen them myself. I haven't particularly studied the question. But I believe it's just a detail in the history of World War II.
In 2012 Marine Le Pen and Jean-Francois Cope, with the support of the Catholic Church, organized demonstrations against marriage equality. On November 7, 2012 National Organization for Marriage incorporated a story from Reuters about the protests into their blog. On January 13, 2013, Brian S. Brown, NOM's leader, wrote about his participation in the protests:
Brian S. Brown
Dear Marriage Ally,

I write to you from France, where a pro-marriage rebellion is underway!

Francois Hollande, the ultra liberal President of France, swept into power last May, promising among many other things a swift legalizing of same-sex marriage and adoption.

But the people of France did not want this to be.

You see, the French people know in their bones that every child deserves a mother and father. And so they took to the streets – hundreds of thousands of them!

I am proud to be a part of this historic moment in France. …
Same-sex marriage has been recognized in France since May 18, 2013. Le Pen has promised to roll back marriage equality if elected, replacing it with civil unions.

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