Thursday, June 19, 2008

Liberté? Mais non!

From the BBC. Brigitte Bardot was fined by the French government for criticizing Islam. Do you suppose they fine people in France for criticizing Christians?

Bardot fined over racial hatred

A French court has fined former film star Brigitte Bardot 15,000 euros (£12,000) for inciting racial hatred.

She was prosecuted over a letter published on her website that complained Muslims were "destroying our country by imposing their ways".

It is the fifth time Ms Bardot been convicted over her controversial remarks about Islam and its followers. This is her heaviest fine so far.

The French film idol, who is 73, was not in court to hear the ruling.

The fine - equivalent to $23,000 - related to a letter she wrote in December 2006 to the then Interior Minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, which was published on her website, in which she deplored the slaughter of animals for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.

She demanded that the animals be stunned before being killed.

She said she was "tired of being led by the nose by this population that is destroying us, destroying our country by imposing its acts".

In a letter to the court Ms Bardot, who is a prominent animal rights campaigner, insisted she had a right to speak up for animal welfare.

The prosecutor said she was weary of charging Ms Bardot with offences relating to racial hatred and xenophobia.


Thursday's Child said...

Way to go, Brigitte! (If the prosecutor is "weary" of charging her with offences realted to hatred, then just stop! Geez!

Kelly said...

Just goes to show that the Internet isn't the safe place to publish things that people generally think it is. At least, in France.

In an only vaguely related note, I came across that tv show about Hugh Heffner's girlfriends the other night. One of them was under 21, and was shown ordering and being served alcoholic drinks in various restaurants and bars. I don't know how old she is now, but I was astounded that they could show that on tv, and no one showed up to ask questions. I guess ATF has better things to do than raid the Playboy mansion.

Sue Bee said...

Thursday's Child - Could she have gotten away with those comments in Kuwait?

Sue Bee said...

Kelly - Ironically, Hef's underage girlfriend could drink legally in France but not blog about Islam...Frére grand is watching!

Thursday's Child said...

Not a chance! LOL

There are those Kuwaitis who support her right to speak her mind, but it would never fly.