I received an email today, forwarded by a former colleague who actually somehow thought that I'd be okay with it. It's a copy and paste forward email of things supposedly said by the Prime Minister of France... The opening line to email was:
finally, there is not just me who thinks like this .... and it feels good ...
The email goes on to say:
Prime Minister François Fillon has offended some Muslims by saying:
"Our official language is french, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, or any other language. Therefore, if you want to be part of our society, learn the language!"
"Here is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE. And we offer you the opportunity to enjoy all this. But if you have enough to complain, you take our flag, our commitment, our Christian beliefs, or our lifestyle, I strongly encourage you to take advantage of another great French freedom "THE RIGHT TO LEAVE". If you are not happy here, then leave."
And a whole slew of more ignorant crap that I'm too lazy to translate from the original French. I decided to google this and found a web forum for "Women's Rights in France" where a woman from Tunisia posted about how she was wondering what brought all this about and the French tore her a new one for no reason, telling her to stay in her country and that they didn't want her. Amazing. I have a friend who recently immigrated to France and I've got to tell you I'm worried about what the French think about her.
The email closed by saying:
Perhaps if we passed this email amongst ourselves, Americans, Canadians, Europeans, all citizens of the world would find a way to stand up and begin to speak and spread the same truths.
If you agree, please forward this message.
The only truth this email is spreading is: Whoever forwards this email TRULY is the stereotypical asshole with a small shriveled little heart and a closed mind.
Have a nice weekend,