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Brigitte Bardot Convicted

"of provoking discrimination and racial hatred for writing that Muslims are destroying France," and ordered to pay nearly $25,000 in damages and a fine.

In the December 2006 letter to Sarkozy, now the president, Bardot said France is "tired of being led by the nose by this population that is destroying us, destroying our country by imposing its acts."

Bardot, 73, was referring to the Muslim feast of Aid el-Kebir, celebrated by slaughtering sheep. [From another article: In her letter, she argued that Muslims should stun the animals before slaughtering them.]

French anti-racism laws prevent inciting hatred and discrimination on racial or religious or racial grounds. Bardot had been convicted four times previously for inciting racial hatred.

"She is tired of this type of proceedings," he said. "She has the impression that people want to silence her. She will not be silenced in her defense of animal rights."

If someone can point me to an English translation of Bardot's letter (which she had allegedly published as well as sending to Sarkozy) — or, failing that, just to the French original — I'd be much obliged. Thanks to Antonio Haynes for the pointer.

Bill Poser (mail) (www):
It is available in French at this site in French. Her foundation also has a web site but it seems to be down right now.
6.3.2008 2:17pm
Serendipity:
I found that site as well, but it doesn't seem to have the language about destroying France, which is: "Il y en a marre d'être menés par le bout du nez par toute cette population qui nous détruit, détruit notre pays en imposant ses actes."
6.3.2008 2:36pm
ithaqua (mail):
""She is tired of this type of proceedings," he said. "She has the impression that people want to silence her. She will not be silenced in her defense of animal rights.""

Er. What about human rights?

If Muslims are going up against PETA-style leftists, I'm rooting for injuries.
6.3.2008 3:31pm
Bill Poser (mail) (www):

If Muslims are going up against PETA-style leftists, I'm rooting for injuries.


Bardot is generally considered right-wing in France. Of course, this goes to show the silliness of the single-dimensional left-right classification.
6.3.2008 3:40pm
J. Aldridge:
Would she had been sued in the United States for hate speech?
6.3.2008 4:09pm
Eugene Volokh (www):
J. Aldridge: There's no tort of "hate speech" in the U.S. It's possible that if she'd said this on several occasions in her workplace, her employer (and, under certain circumstances, possibly even she herself) might have been sued for "hostile work environment harassment," a trend I have long argued against. But I know of no viable basis under American law for a lawsuit based on her letter to Sarkozy, or based on her publishing the letter on her organization's site.
6.3.2008 4:25pm
Bill Poser (mail) (www):
Eugene,

Has anyone tried to sue for "hate speech" as intentional inflection of emotional distress?
6.3.2008 4:41pm
LM (mail):
ithaqua,

If Muslims are going up against PETA-style leftists, I'm rooting for injuries.

How sweet.
6.3.2008 8:30pm
Reem:
As a muslim I think Ms Bardot is clueless ,the sight of the slaughtered animal is disturbing however how can no suffering be barbaric ?

for the record Muslim slaughtering is exactly as the Jewish people.

"Ritual slaughter is known as shechitah. The method of slaughter is a quick, deep stroke across the throat with a perfectly sharp blade with no nicks or unevenness. This method is painless, causes unconsciousness within two seconds, and is widely recognized as the most humane method of slaughter possible.
http://www.jewfaq.org/kashrut.htm
6.3.2008 9:16pm
ReaderY:
It should be noted that several European countries ban ritual slaughter.

Wikipedia reports that the European Court of Human Rights, in Jewish Liturgical Association Cha'are Shalom Ve Tsedek v. France, upheld the European countries to ban ritual slaughter so long as religious people could import suitable meat from outside the country. It also reports that the German high court recently struck down Germany's ban as violating the German Constitution's guarantee of religious freedom.

See this link
6.3.2008 10:11pm
halla:


for the record Muslim slaughtering is exactly as the Jewish people



"exactly":

full version

or

short version
6.3.2008 11:23pm
Bill Poser (mail) (www):
I sympathize with much of the animal rights agenda, but suspect that Bardot and others who object to Muslim and Jewish slaughter by cutting the throat have been misled by the bloodiness of the scene. When properly done the animal loses consciousness instantly. I myself have had to euthanize a crippled deer. One stroke of my hunting knife cut the major arteries of the neck, causing it to go limp immediately. I can only hope that I go that easily when my time comes.
6.4.2008 1:39am
Bama 1L:
A late hit, I suppose.

Bardot is definitely a figure of the far-right as that term is used in France. I think she would be in America, too. She opposes immigration, despises Islam, and has written a great deal about her opinion that Muslim immigrants are destroying France. She accuses homosexuals of pretty much the same thing. She supports Le Pen, which is about as far to the right as you get. She's also made a number of comments to the effect that women don't belong in government. Bardot may have been a libertine but was never a leftist; for instance, back in the sixties, she supported De Gaulle. None of these opinions will go over even with the French center-right, let alone the left.

Besides all that, for some reason she is vegetarian and an animal rights activist. But that seems to be some sort of idiosyncracy of hers.

Add her beliefs together, and you see that she gets very exercised about how Muslims slaughter animals, particularly when they propose to carry out ritual slaughter on French soil, as it combines her all her bugaboos. Well, I guess if the Muslim butchers were gay it would be worse.
6.4.2008 8:04am