French Muslim leaders are taking a stand against Islamic extremism by their refusal to bury the Muslim terrorist who beheaded an elderly Catholic priest who was celebrating Mass.
Leaders in the Muslim community of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy said that it would “taint Islam” if they were to offer burial services for Adel Kermicheoffer, 19, who murdered Father Jacques Hamel, 85, on Tuesday morning.
Clip via Fox News.
“We’re not going to taint Islam with this person,” Mohammed Karabila, president of the local Muslim cultural association and imam of one of the town’s mosques, told Le Parisian newspaper. “We won’t participate in preparing the body or the burial.”
Although Karabila confirmed the decision to Sky News, he added the proviso that if Kermiche’s family were to request an Islamic burial and the mayor were to present the body to the mosque for burial, they would have no option but to bury him, according to Fox News.
So far no such requests have been made.
Muslims in the town are supportive of Karabila’s decision.
“What this young man did was sinful, he is no longer part of our community,” said Khalid El Amrani, a 25-year-old technician who added that he thought the elder’ decision was “normal.”
Related: Priest beheaded during mass; parishoners and nuns taken hostage by terrorists in France
Tuesday’s attack began when Kermiche, accompanied by Abdel-Malik Petitjean, also 19, stormed Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, a 17th century stone Catholic church, and took hostages, killed the priest and seriously wounded another.
Each jihadist used a nun as a shield when they left the church but officers at the scene were able to get clear shots off, killing both men.
The nuns who witnessed Hamel’s beheading said one of the men smiled as the priest’s throat was cut.
“I got a smile from the second (man),” Sister Huguette Peron told Catholic newspaper La Vie. “Not a smile of triumph, but a soft smile, that of someone who is happy.”
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