Thursday, April 17, 2008

"Inciting Hatred" vs. "Real Hatred"

Famed actress Brigitte Bardot is in trouble -- again -- for what prosecutors call "inciting hatred" against Muslims.

PARIS (AP) - Brigitte Bardot is back on trial in France, facing charges of fanning discrimination and racial hatred against Muslims.

In a Paris court hearing Tuesday, prosecutors said they are seeking a two-month suspended prison sentence and a $23,900 fine against the former screen siren and animal rights campaigner.

Bardot, 73, was not present for the hearing. A verdict is expected June 3.

A leading French anti-racism group known as MRAP filed suit last year over a letter that Bardot sent to then-Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, and which was published in her foundation's quarterly journal.

In the letter to Sarkozy, now the president, Bardot accused France's Muslim population of destroying France, and complained about the Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha.

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

That sounds more like an opinion than "inciting hatred" .... Are these people for real? So, Muslims can chant death threats against everyone, from villagers to the queen, and even put videotapes of them actually killing innocent people on the Internet, but Bardot's opinion is a criminal act?

Once again we see a great example of the backward thinking that endangers us all: Ignore the actual killers and go after the people trying to get the world to open its eyes and recognize the threat the killers pose.

It's also a great example of one of my biggest pet peeves, the misuse of the word "racism" ... Bardot's sentiments are NOT racism, they are her opinion, and she is entitled to have that opinion and voice that opinion.

Look at it this way -- if all these anti-racism groups actually dealt only with real racist acts, they would have much less of a reason for existing; then they would have to go find real jobs like normal people. So, it's in their best interest to make sure that "racism" is still found in every nook and cranny of the civilized world, because whining to the news media about what they see as racist remarks is a much easier workday than digging ditches or delivering mail.

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