Mila: Teen who criticised Islam on Instagram moves school

A French teenager who criticised Islam on Instagram has moved to a new school after receiving death threats.

Education minister Gabriel Attal told broadcaster LCI on Monday that they had found a new school for Mila “to allow her to continue her life”.

Mila, 16, sparked a national row over free speech when she called Islam a “religion of hate”.

The teen’s criticisms prompted fury but also drew support in France, where there are no laws against blasphemy.

Her comments about Islam came after she received homophobic abuse from a Muslim commenter. Supporters started the hashtag #JeSuisMila (I am Mila), while critics responded with #JeNeSuisPasMila.

She did not return to school after making the remarks. But on Monday Mr Attal said they had found her a “solution” and would be moving to another school which is not been made public to protect her safety.

France has a strictly secular constitution, but also a large Muslim population. There have been frequent clashes over policy in recent years, such as a government ban on full-face veils in public.

In October, French President Emmanuel Macron warned against “stigmatising” Muslims or linking Islam with the fight against terrorism.

How the row developed

The controversy began on 18 January, after Mila did a live broadcast on her Instagram account. After speaking about her sexuality she was called a “dirty lesbian” by a Muslim commenter.

In response, Mila posted an attack on Islam. “I hate religion. The Koran is a religion of hate,” she said, before using stronger words to attack Islam.

“I am not racist. You cannot be racist towards a religion. I said what I thought, you’re not going to make me regret it.”

Some responded with death threats, and began posting her personal information online – including where she went to school.

There have been protests in France recently about racism, Islamophobia and the right to wear a veil

The controversy generated a nationwide debate on blasphemy.

Critics decried her comments as offensive to Muslims – although the head of the French Council of the Muslim Faith, Mohammed Moussaoui, said nothing justified death threats no matter how serious her remarks.

French justice minister Nicole Belloubet also waded into the controversy, saying that death threats against the teenager were “unacceptable”.

However, Ms Belloubet herself was criticised after arguing that an attack on religion was “an attack on freedom of conscience”. French Senator Laurence Rossignol gave Ms Belloubet “0/20 in constitutional law”, saying that in France “it is forbidden to insult the followers of a religion but one can insult a religion, its figures, its symbols”. Ms Belloubet later said her comments had been “clumsy”.

Mila’s cause has been embraced by the far right. National Rally leader Marine Le Pen said Mila had “more courage than the entire political class in power for the past 30 years”.

Speaking in her only interview amid the controversy, Mila apologised for insulting people who practise their religion “in peace”. But while she regretted the “vulgarity” of her words and their spread online, she defended her remarks.

“I have absolutely no regrets about what I said, it was really my thought,” she told the interviewer.

(c) BBC

6 comments

  • “But on Monday Mr Attal said they had found her a “solution” and would be moving to another school which is not been made public to protect her safety.”

    I have to congratulate the BBC on this astounding piece of journalism. Just how is moving this girl to another school going to protect her safety, when you publish two images of her? I also notice, that there is no mention of anyone being arrested for issuing death threats. Welcome to Europe!

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  • This goes to show any dimwitted leftist liberal just what a trashed-out and violent “religion” Islam really is. And, Europe has tens of millions of pieces of shit in its midst. They are truly a ticking timebomb.

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    • If she had responded to the comment about her being a dirty lesbian, with a reply calling the muslim a goatfucker, we know which comment would have got the most publicity.

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  • There are 6m muzloids in France, including 3m Maghrebis. Like Britain, they double themselves every 20 years. So the girl is justified in her concerns. Of course that 6m includes educated professionals, but they are a very small minority. In Britain, half of the muslim men do not work at all and 75% of the women do not work. I expect it is very similar in France, although they have more no-go areas than we do.
    Regrettably, political parties like Le Pen’s bunch of turds match their hostility to Islam with groveling servitude to putler. There is still no sign of a party that is equally robust in its attitude to both of these sinister forms of fascism.

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  • But in the end people like Macron & Co in the EU take their part, the religious ones.
    Even her LGBT community are licking their arse.

    Liked by 1 person

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