2004 June 10 Thursday
Brigitte Bardot Convicted For Inciting Racial Hatred

Free speech is against the law in France.

French actress-turned-animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot was convicted Thursday of inciting racial hatred and ordered to pay $6,000 -- the fourth such fine for the former sex symbol since 1997.

Unfortunately for Ms. Bardot and for all lovers of liberty it is illegal in France to be against the Islamization of France.

Two civil rights groups, the Movement Against Racism and For Friendship Between People and the League of Human Rights, brought the lawsuit because of several passages in the book.

One of the most incriminating sections read: "I am against the Islamisation of France! This obligatory allegiance, this forced submission disgusts me.... Our ancestors, the elderly, our grandfathers, our fathers have for centuries given their lives to push out successive invaders."

Incriminating? It is incriminating to be against the Islamization of France? When did Sharia Law get adopted by the government of France? Did I miss that somehow? Is France following in the footsteps of Canada? If someone tried to make up stories like this 30 or 40 years ago it would have been deemed too absurd to be either comedy or a warning of a serious threat. But here the absurd is being played out in real life.

At least people have been reading her law-breaking book.

At a hearing in May, she told the court she never meant to harm anyone with her book, Un cri dans le silence (A Cry in the Silence), which topped the nonfiction best-seller lists last year.

David Orland points out her fears are reasonable.

Most generally, Bardot worries that the last generation of immigration will prove to have been nothing short of a disaster for the French nation:

“Over the last twenty years, we have given in to a subterranean, dangerous, and uncontrolled infiltration, which not only resists adjusting to our laws and customs but which will, as the years pass, attempt to impose its own.”

In a country whose badly alienated and increasingly restive Muslim population is said to be at around ten percent of the national total and growing fast, this does not strike me as an unreasonable fear—much less a legally actionable one.

Bardot wasn't present for her sentencing because she was in Bulgaria releasing circus bears into a nature reserve she helped to set up.

Belitsa - Thirteen Bulgarian dancing bears, whose painful performances once earned their Gypsy owners a living, have returned to the wild after the actress and animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot helped free them.

France has become like a circus freak show where the entertainment comes in the form of an elite intent upon committing cultural suicide. They are a lot like America's elite except we still have First Amendment speech protections allowing us to state the obvious. Sure hope that right lasts.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2004 June 10 08:03 PM  Civilizations Decay


Comments
Brock said at June 11, 2004 6:35 AM:

As you say, more evidence that the Western Left is attempting civilizational suicide. The nihilism that set in during the 20th Century has yet to work its way 'through the system.'

As an optimist, I sure hope those like Ms. Bardot are able to lock the crazies in the closet and save their nations. There is evidence that even in France many have rejected the Leftist agenda - but so far too few, and hopefully not too late.

My only hope is that, should the worst occur, Britain and Eastern Europe will be able to weather any storm of the Central nation's collapse. If the Islamicists do take over, they are assuredely going to be much less capable adversaries than Hitler or Napolean ever were.

Ha ha - wouldn't it be ironic if we take our troops out of Germany to garrison the Middle East, only to have to send them back in twenty years because the Euros became a 'failed state'?

Michael Kelemen said at June 11, 2004 7:48 AM:

You failed to mention that Bardot's book also complained about genetic mixing.

Also, I live in Ontario and I'm against the institution of that legal system here. However, it's worth noting that its application in Toronto is not a matter of chopping off hands. It's primarily about settling family disputes.

Other religious groups have similar arrangements for civil arbitration. The difference in this case is that this is a large and rapidly growing community with many uneducated people coming from oppressively traditional countries. Even if they know that they have the option of using Canadian law they might be afraid that they will go to hell if they use it.

And, aside from that, use of a separate system of justice would seem to be an additional way to prevent people from thinking of themselves as Canadians. Surely, if people are so interested in maintaining religious codes they don't need the backing of the secular government to do so.

Kenelm Digby said at June 11, 2004 10:58 AM:

Brock,
If any nation is likely to acieve the distinction of "failed state" in 20 years time it is the USA.Whites are rapidly dwindling in number and will lose majority staus in 50 years at the outset.

Low grade low IQ Latino immigrants and others invited in by the Bush proposals will make up the bulk of the "new Americans".

Bob Badour said at June 12, 2004 9:31 PM:

Michael,

Canadians have already had their right to speak freely yanked from them (in multiple ways).

A sovereign state cannot have two systems of justice and legitimately pretend to have justice. Two systems of justice implies two sovereignties. Multiculturalism in Canada is already failing. Most Canadians are just too stupid and too brainwashed to realise it.

Invisible Scientist said at June 13, 2004 2:00 AM:

Bob,

It is NOT multiculturalism, but ignorance, prejudice, and intolerance that make
the sovereign society & state fail. The US has strong German influence in many ways, and
similarly, the Italian Americans also assimilated extremely well, while making a contribution.
There are a lot of Americans who speak German, French, Spanish with extreme fluency, while
having English as their preferred language.

Unfortunately, it is not working anymore, but this is not so much because of the simple failure
of multiculturalism itself, but the bigotry and clanishness.

Bob Badour said at June 13, 2004 2:16 PM:

With all due respect I/S, multiculturalism IS bigotry and tribalism.

Are you familiar with the laws in Canada prohibiting free speech? What do you think of them?

How can a just society pretend to have one justice for one person and another justice for a different person? Could a just society, for instance, have one justice for Christians and another justice for Jews? That way lies tyranny and oppression with or without hatred.

Invisible Scientist said at June 14, 2004 3:48 AM:

Bob,

I did not know how exactly Canadian laws prohibit free speech. But how exactly this is
related to multiculturalism? Are you forbidden to criticize any community over there?

But I still don't see how multiculturalism is automatically and uniformly bigotry. It is not automatically
a good thing for people to lose their historic roots as soon as they immigrate, and even if people have some
attachment to the past culture of the community they descend from, they can still be
very open minded and multidimensional citizen of their new community, enriching their
new-found community, instead of being clanish. As long as the Italian and German Americans
do not discriminate against other groups, they should be able to have German and Italian
cultural institutions that show German or Italian movies and Baroque music. Somehow the Cantatas of Bach turns out to
be universal, even though these are written and sung in German. Nobody is accusing Bach's music
of being bigoted German propaganda: how come it is accepted as universal? The latter type of music is somehow
even liked by many Jews, since it is not even seen as Christian propaganda, but just good music.

John Timmermans said at August 24, 2004 11:34 AM:

Why doesn't the old film star retire completely?Brigitte Bardot the former sex symbol is now interfering with the fisherman in Newfoundlands seal harvest.She has been getting in so much trouble and paying fines in her old age,why doesn't she quit totally.
She is blaming the fisherman for overfishing,while in fact,it is the seal that depletes the fish stock. She is now bugging Paul Martin to go after the sealhunters,if that don't work she will go after the United Nations to force the Canadian government to stop the seal hunters.
For the NFLD fisherman,it is a must for them for a living,they supply fur for the fur market,they bring the fish population back on track and it will put bread on the table.
What our government should do,they should supply the fisherman with baseball bats not,to kill seal,but to smash all movie camera's to pieces that those animal activist people put out there.I hear,Bardot has been banned from coming to Canada.

George said at December 12, 2004 11:51 PM:

Go Bob! Really appreciate your wise and sane responses throughout various topics.

I/S is a bigot himself, hating Europeans of all sorts but especially Germans and Italians. From the "hate whitey" promoters. Invasion by any other term is still invasion. America as we once loved her, is gone. That makes Invisible and his ilk so very happy.

George


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