THAT animal liberationist Brigitte Bardot has been fined by a French court for saying that animals killed in the traditional Islamic way should be stunned before having their jugular veins cut and being bled to death, is not only a blow against freedom of speech and an insult to logic and common sense, but it also raises the stupidity of having laws that prevent religions and religious traditions from being open to criticism.
Until 1829 it was a Hindu custom to burn wives on the funeral pyre of their deceased husbands. Would anyone dare to say that such vile practices should have been protected from vilification? Over the ages, it has been by criticism that primitiveness has been discarded during our evolution into civilised societies.
Criticism is an essential and vital part of life and we should never allow it to be stifled. Those who would do so are demonstrating just how primitive is their own thinking.
The NRA says, 'Guns don't kill people - people kill people.' That may be true, but I think the gun helps. You're not going to kill many people by standing around shouting 'bang!'.