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La Loi de l’Impossibilité Méritée

A French reader points out that the Law of Merited Impossibility (“It won’t happen, and when it does, you bigots will deserve it”) has come to France. From my translation of a story just published in Le Monde:

The former president of the Christian Democratic Party, Christine Boutin, was sentenced Friday, December 18, to pay a 5,000-euro fine for “public incitement to hatred or violence” against homosexuals for having said that “homosexuality is an abomination.”

The criminal court went beyond the request of the prosecutor, who had asked to end Oct. 1 hearing fine of 3,000 euros against her. Christine Boutin was also ordered to pay 2,000 euros in damages to each of the two [gay rights] associations, Mousse and Le Refuge, which were civil parties.

In an April 2014 interview with the magazine Charles, headlined “I am a sinner,” Christine Boutin said: “Homosexuality is an abomination. But not the person. Sin is never acceptable, but the sinner is always forgiven.”

“What we hear in your words is that homosexuals are an abomination,” the prosecutor summarized, stating that the prosecution had received 500 individual complaints after the statement.

Boutin’s lawyer asked for acquittal, arguing that his client was tried for “an opinion”. He then told the court:

“Your decision will have a huge impact on freedom of expression. If you follow the prosecution case, then we must grasp the Bible!”

Read the whole thing en français here.

So, it is now against the law to quote the Bible in France, if it offends the Homintern homosexuals. Where is the Cardinal Archbishop of Paris in all this? Has he said anything in Boutin’s defense? The French reader who sent me this news added:

Please note that Boutin made clear in her statement that it was homosexuality, not gay people, that she called “an abomination”. She also pointed that she was merely quoting from the Bible – All that to no avail. This is all the more shocking as it comes after the recent acquittal of the Femen for desecrating Notre-Dame de Paris. So don’t let them tell you that you’re hyperventilating and foster a “narrative of Christian oppression” – it is real and coming soon to America. Those who say it isn’t true either are deluded or secretly (?) support it.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. A veteran of three decades of magazine and newspaper journalism, he has also written three New York Times bestsellers—Live Not By Lies, The Benedict Option, and The Little Way of Ruthie Lemingas well as Crunchy Cons and How Dante Can Save Your Life. Dreher lives in Baton Rouge, La.

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