2002 September 19 Thursday
Houellebecq trial begins

Of course this case would be thrown out of a US court on 1st amendment grounds. But at least the French law might let you criticise a religion:

State prosecutor Beatrice Angelelli, in court only to advise the judges hearing the case, affirmed Houellebecq’s assertion that under French law people could criticize religion as long as they did not attack followers of a faith. “We are not here ... to make judgments on moral responsibilities. We are here to judge a criminal responsibility and, on strictly legal criteria, I ask you to drop the charges,” Angelelli said.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2002 September 19 12:47 PM  Civilizations Decay


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