Brigitte Bardot learns the limits of free speech in France

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Liberals love to point to Europe as the model of what America should be in terms social and sexual mores, issues like gay marriage and the death penalty, and of course national healthcare and the welfare state. Despite what individuals believe about any of these issues (I've been accused of being somewhat liberal on some social issues myself), the notion that a government/corporate elite should decide what the masses should believe, how they should live and what they should think, is inherent in the European progressive model.

Brigitte Bardot's example is a good reminder of this, and a reminder of one of the ways in which we "backward Americans" remain governmentally superior to increasingly undemocratic Europe. From the Associated Press: bardot460.jpg

"PARIS - Brigitte Bardot was convicted Tuesday of provoking discrimination and racial hatred for writing that Muslims are destroying France.

A Paris court also handed down a $23,325 fine against the former screen siren and animal rights campaigner. The court also ordered Bardot to pay $1,555 in damages to MRAP

A leading French anti-racism group known as MRAP filed a lawsuit last year over a letter she sent to then-Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy. The remarks were published in her foundation's quarterly journal.

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.

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."

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