Thursday, April 17, 2008
Brigitte Bardot on Trial.
Former 1960s sex symbol and animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot is on trial in France once again for allegedly 'inciting racial hatred' for her comments on Muslims and their Eid ul-Adha festival, which involves the slaughter of sheep.
Bardot made the remarks in a letter to the French president Nicholas Sarkozy which was later published on the Brigitte Bardot Foundation website.
I searched the website and couldn't find the letter in question; news sources report her as having written,
"I am fed up with being under the thumb of this population which is destroying us, destroying our country and imposing its acts."
News reports went on to say,
"It is the fifth time that Bardot has been charged with inciting racial hatred. She has previously railed against what she termed 'the Islamisation of France' and claimed that the nation was being invaded by 'sheep-slaughtering Muslims', comments that have led to her being fined four times since 1997."
That particular comment seems a bit mild to me.........did she write something even more inflammatory that isn't being published? That seems unlikely; had she said something worst than that it would be in the report.
From what I gather, Bardot's biggest complaint is the slaughtering of the sheep.
I'm not certain how I feel about that.
The thought of sacrificing animals in a religious festive seems barbaric but, is it any different than slaughtering the animal strictly for food? The sacrificed sleep is eaten and I don't have a problem with using animals for food.
How tolerant are we to be towards other's religious practices? Everyone agrees that we won't tolerate humans being abused in the name of religious freedom (as in the case of the Texas polygamist compound case. ) but what about animals?
I'm not quite sure.