Concurrent with the proceedings of the ridiculous Mark Steyn case (check out the cool Steyn photoshop at the link!), we have this delightful news from the beleaguered French:
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.
And what was it that she said that was so offensive?
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.”
…the irony being that they are in fact trying to destroy Ms. Bardot by imposing their acts.
Liberals are fond of carrying on about the infringement on freedoms by the Bush administration. The fact is, though, that they have caused far more harm to fundamental freedoms via their hate speech and hate crime laws than a dozen Patriot Acts ever could. The Steyn and Bardot cases have become the reductio ad absurdum of those laws.
It is one of my biggest frustrations that, as man is supposedly becoming more sophisticated in understanding himself and his societies, we end up with fewer and fewer freedoms, rather than more. That sort of regression is not only nonsensical, but dangerous.