Je Suis Free Speech? Not in France!

The “I Am Charlie” campaign is a farce in France and the United States. Only certain types of speech are protected. Attacking religion is protected, but speaking out against same-sex sexuality can get you arrested or fined in the United States.

We’ve seen it many times. Businesses that refuse to serve same-sex weddings are being fined and threatened with the loss of their businesses. Some people are fighting back by arguing for consistency hoping to drop State interference in the realm of free speech.

French courts have gone after anti-homosexual hate speech in a big way:

“A French court has handed out convictions for anti-gay hate crimes on Twitter for the first time, after three people used the hashtag ‘let’s burn the gays’.

Trending: Saturday Night Live Dings Obama – “Ebola Probably One of My Greatest Accomplishments!”

“In what a major French LGBT rights group called a ‘significant victory’, three people were convicted in a Paris court this week after they accompanied tweets with hashtags including ‘let’s burn the gays on…’ or ‘#brûlonslesgayssurdu).’

“During the same period in August 2013, ‘#Lesgaysdoiventdisparaîtrecar’, or ‘gays must die because…’, was also trending.

“French LGBT charity Comité Idaho, which organises the nation’s International Day Against Homophobia, brought the case to court after it filed a complaint against the users for inciting hatred and violence on the basis of sexual orientation.”

What happened to “I Am Charlie”? I thought even the most vile speech had to be protected. The content of the Charlie Hebdo magazine was as equally repugnant and threatening to large groups of people, and yet the French government did not haul its editors into court.
Read the Rest at Godfather Politics…

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by

Join the conversation!

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse.

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!

Send this to a friend