Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Tuesday Already? Have I Got a Book For You

All of y'all probably already knew this but since I just found it in the catacombs over at Geopolitical Review, I'm going to share...just in case anyone missed it.

The thing to remember about this is the date of the news report: June, 2004. A year and a half ago. After 9/11 of course, but before all those "youths" became arsonists and set France's pants cars on fire.

Back then, in 2004, Brigitte Bardot had to fork over $6,000.00 for being bad in print. How bad? Welll...she wrote a book (Un cri dans le silence) and in the book she said this:

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."
What do you think they'd do to her now? Makes me wonder -- would they still be singing this chorus?

...the Paris court found that Ms. Bardot provoked racial hatred by expressing “right-wing and xenophobic views.” One of the more interesting aspects of the wire report was the following:

In its verdict, the court ruled that Bardot had deliberately tried to draw a link between Islam and terrorism by mentioning the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States in a chapter on a Muslim holiday celebrated in France and elsewhere.
But Geopolitical Review nails it from the beginning of the post:

One of the many downsides to socialism is that freedom of speech and thought is inevitably restricted, usually under the guise of either protecting minority rights or shielding citizens from “controversial” viewpoints. This occurs because the natural progression of socialism is to shift responsibility form the individual to the state.
All of this came before Oriana Fallaci and her ordeal.

Bardot's book doesn't appear to be available in English. Too bad. I hear that she did a real sharp right turn in her maturity, long before 9/11 converted Ms. Fallaci. Would that the generations of Hollywood airheads that followed in Bardot's footsteps had bothered to listen to what she had to say. Wouldn't it be interesting if, say, Madonna grew up and her brain returned. She could be on the road for the Republicans. Though I don't think the Republicans would find it all that amusing.

Come to think of it, with Bardot and Fallaci, that's two women being fined for speaking out in their own supposedly free countries. I can't think of any men that this has happened to. And Theo van Gogh's death at the hands of a barbarian doesn't fit this category.

Are any Western men getting fined or silenced by the authorities for speaking out?

Just asking.


At 10:46 AM, Blogger Wally Ballou said...

You're kidding. It's not just women, by any means, see:


and here

and here

and here

At 8:30 PM, Blogger Papa Ray said...

BB was an airhead of amazing beauty. A perfection of every young (and old) mans dream date.

Her fall from grace was in of itself graceful. Age has been kind to her in more ways than one.

Papa Ray
West Texas


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