France Prosecutes Brigitte Bardot for being Honest

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008 3:55 pm by Neal
1970′s photo of Brigitte Bardot. The former French actress is being prosecuted for speaking truth to power about Europe’s Muslim problem.

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We Americans tend to take freedom of speech for granted, which is profoundly unwise considering the threats to free speech in places that really should know better, like Canada. Then, of course, there are countries like France that don’t even pretend to have freedom of speech. Hell, they don’t even have the freedom to speak the truth, and former French actress Brigitte Bardot is being prosecuted for saying what the rest of France believes but is afraid to say. Hey, France: you are in trouble.

From Fox news, Brigitte Bardot on Trial for Using Muslim Slur:

Former French movie star Brigitte Bardot went on trial Tuesday in Paris on charges of “inciting racial hatred” by using a Muslim slur.

Prosecutors asked the court to give the former sex symbol a two-month suspended prison sentence and fine her $23,760 for saying Muslims were “destroying our country and imposing its acts,” according to Reuters.

“I am a little tired of prosecuting Mrs. Bardot,” Prosecutor Anne de Fontette told the court.

This is the fifth such trial for the blonde, best known for her films of the 1950s and ’60s. She has been fined four times for inciting racial hatred.

“I am fed up with being under the thumb of this population which is destroying us, destroying our country and imposing its acts,” Bardot said, according to Reuters.

Anti-racist groups had complained about comments the star had made about the Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha, which requires the slaughtering of a sheep or other animal. Bardot is a prominent animal rights activist.

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Mark Steyn chimes in.

Aside from sheep-slaughtering, Mlle Bardot is also opposed to Canadian seal-culling. But when she denounces seal-clubbing, nobody prosecutes her for racism. Islam is everything but a race. It’s a religion, an ideology, a politico-legal system, a set of cultural practices – and there’s something disquieting about the zeal with which the French state is pursuing her under the catch-all of “racism”. In the last decade, she’s been convicted and fined on four occasions for “inciting racial hatred”. The first was for some remarks about the number of mosques in France, and the most recent was for some observations about “the Islamization of France”. She is not a lady of moderate disposition, but it would hardly seem to be in the public interest to give the impression that these subjects are now beyond discussion.

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