Priest Found Guilty of "Provoking Discrimination, Hatred or Violence" Against Muslims

January 19, 2004

Source: Al-Jazeera

On January 19, 2004 Al-Jazeera posted an Agence France Presse article on their website that reported, "A French priest has been fined 800 euros ($990) for describing the Quran as a handbook for the devil. Philippe Sulmont, 82, was found guilty of 'provoking discrimination, hatred or violence' for comments he made in a letter to his parishioners in the northern town of Domqueur at the end of 2002. 'The Asiatics proliferate and invade our land, bringing with them an ideology that threatens the whole world,' he wrote. 'Indeed I would add there is no such thing as "moderate" Islam. All the populations infected by the Muslim religion are indoctrinated by the Quran - a holy book which is the manual for the extension of the kingdom of the devil at the expense of the kingdom of Christ,' he said."