Could That Happen Here?

I came across an interesting article in today’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Bardot on trial for allegedly inciting anti-Muslim hatred

Brigitte Bardot is back on trial in France, facing charges of fanning discrimination and racial hatred against Muslims.

In a Paris court hearing Tuesday, prosecutors said they are seeking a two-month suspended prison sentence and a $23,900 fine against the former screen siren and animal rights campaigner. (click here to read the full story)

The article states that Bardot (an animal rights activist) complained several times in the past about the Muslim feast of Eid al Adha.

Because I’m not a scholar of Islamic tradition, I did some research and discovered what probably made Bardot complain to the French government in the first place (my emphasis in bold):

Men, women, and children are expected to dress in their finest clothing to perform Eid prayer (Salatu’l-`id) in any mosque. Muslims who can afford to do so sacrifice their best domestic animals (usually sheep, but also camels, cows, and goats) as a symbol of Ibrahim’s (Abraham’s) sacrifice.

As Christians, we understand that animal sacrifice was rendered unnecessary and obsolete because Jesus became the Sacrificial Lamb, thereby paying the debt of sin for everyone who believes in Him.

I don’t know any more details of this case, or of the previous instances where Bardot has been accused of “Muslim racism”. I will point out, however, that she is being prosecuted by the government for complaining about a religious “tradition”.

In an age where embracing universalism and “world love and unity” is accepted (and encouraged) while we who claim the Name of Jesus Christ are deemed fanatics and kooks – can this kind of government persecution happen here?


2 Responses to “Could That Happen Here?”

  1. 1 gcmwatch April 18, 2008 at 8:50 am

    IST, hate to be the confirmer of bad news, but I believe with all my heart persecution/judgment is coming to the church in America.

    The handwriting is on the walls, tv sets, internet screens and church bulletin boards, newspapers, billboards.

    Very few want to see it…or themselves.

  2. 2 Speaking Truth April 18, 2008 at 9:32 am

    I agree – it’s more of a rhetorical question for those who still have their head in the sand. The closer that society gets to ecumenical unity, the closer that saint’s get to worshipping God in underground tunnels and hiding our bibles.

    Now is the time to either stand up or get stood on…

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