This disturbing story in from France:
France's 1960s screen icon Brigitte Bardot was fined 15,000 euro ($A24,440) on Tuesday for inciting hatred against Muslims by attacking the ritual slaughter of animals in Islamic culture.
In December 2006, the film star-turned-animal rights activist wrote to France's then interior minister, now President Nicolas Sarkozy, arguing Muslims should stun animals before slaughtering them during the Eid al-Adha holiday.
She outraged anti-racist groups by saying: "I've had enough of being led by the nose by this whole population which is destroying us, (and) destroying our country by imposing their ways."
Aged 73 and suffering from arthritis, Bardot has been convicted four times before in similar cases. She was absent from today's hearing.
"The court ruled that the comments in question clearly referred to the Muslim community and constituted a legal offence," said judge Nicolas Bonnal.
France is home to Europe's largest Muslim community, estimated at five million people.
Many countries and civilizations have had their freedom taken from them by conquerors but very few have given it away. France and much of the West seems prepared to do just that. It is a sad and bizarre spectacle when a "sex kitten" and former movie star has more courage than supposed "statesmen". Bardot had written to the court saying,
"I'm sickened by how (these organisations) are harassing me. I will not shut up until stunning is carried out" on animals before their ritual slaughter."
Bravo to Bardot. Shame on France.
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