Brigitte Bardot convicted in race case in France 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. Bardot's lawyer, Francois-Xavier Kelidjian, said he would talk to her about the possibility of an appeal. 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. "She is tired of this type of proceedings," he said. "She has the impression that people want to silence her. She will not be silenced in her defense of animal rights." My two cents: Now y'all know I am against all racism, not just people who hate black people. However, if I have read this article and others correctly there are actually two separate issues here. The first actually has to do with Ms. Bardot being a very passionate animal rights activist. It is this rabid fanaticism which has led to her being convicted as a racist. The Brigitte Bardot Foundation fights to defend animal rights and does not specialize in a specific area. It's ambition is to be at the heart of the fight for animal rights, whatever this may entail. That 2nd sentence which I italicized is the root of Ms. Bardot's legal problems. She has basically adopted Malcolm X's concept of "by any means necessary" for her use in supporting animal rights. IMO, this is ridiculous. She has targeted practicing Muslims who slay and eat lamb as part of one of their religious celebrations because she loves all animals. FWIW - I am a carnivore and while lamb is not my favorite meat I am not about to condemn an entire religion for eating it. Is she also going after people of Greek heritage? Lamb is a major part of the traditional Greek diet. Heck in Christianity both lamb and ham are traditionally served for Easter dinner. The only difference is there is no ritual slaying of the lamb or pig. It's a good thing Ms. Bardot doesn't live in New York, New Jersey, Florida, or many of the other states in which Santeria is practiced. Her stupid, little head would explode if she found out that chickens and goats are routinely sacrificed in Santeria. I think they charged her with racism because calling her out on being an animal rights fanatic would make France look bad.