Allow me to chime in ...
I am a little bit surprised that this is actually news because this is not the first time a foreign Muslim clerics is deported.
The problem is that there is a large Muslim community in France and they want to practice their religion.
Because of the separation of State and Religion in France, the Muslim community tends to get money and clerics from foreign countries to build mosques.
And things go bad for a small number of clerics who preach things that are not really compatible at all with the rest of the country.
After that, France is really a rather welcoming country. There are plenty of people who can practice their religion without troubles as long as this covenant is respected:
'There is no other laws in France than the ones of the French Republic'
Still, there are failures in the politic of integration of immigrants in France and this is a big problem but the vast majority lives happily there.
FloatingFatMan, on 30 January 2013 - 08:26, said:
No, I mean the extremist christians who do things like set fire to abortion clinics or shoot doctors who perform abortions, picket the funerals of innocents and say god did it because he hates gays, deny homosexuals equal rights because "god says the gay is evil". All of that kind of horsecrap that actually seems quite prevalent in American christians. How is that kind of obscene behaviour any different to the mullah's who incite hate against non-muslims?
Well, there are some extremist Christians in France but I do not recall that there were murder of doctors or arson of clinics.
However, there have been a very vocal traditionalist Christian/right to extreme-right group against the upcoming law for same-sex marriage.
There was the big demonstration of January 19th in Paris against that law.
According to a poll done after the demonstration, support for the 'Marriage for all' law raised from 60% to 63% and a demonstration for that law last week-end mobilized more people than expected.
This is a funny thing in that country: bigotry withers there, it takes some time but the prejudices disappear one after the other