French religious right: Kid wouldn’t be dead from hate crime if you hadn’t legalized gay marriage

The leader of the French religious right, Frigide Barjot, said today that 18 year old pro-gay college student Clément Méric would not have been killed in a vicious attack by right wing skinheads had France not recently legalized gay marriage.

Comedienne Frigide Barjot (who works under a pseudonym that’s apparently a sexual pun on the name of the French actress, Brigitte Bardot), is the leader of France’s anti-gay right, that includes the Catholic church and the lead conservative party in France, the UMP (for lack of a better comparison, France’s Republican party).

Unlike America, France is not a very religious country.  But like America, France’s right-wing parties have latched on to legislative gay-bashing as a means of unifying the right at the ballot box.  Sadly, in response to the right’s hysteria-building over gay marriage, anti-gay violence – and overall terror threats against the government – have increased of late.

Anti-gay demonstrators in Paris give the fascist salute while confronting police during an anti-gay-marriage protest.

Anti-gay demonstrators in Paris give the fascist salute while confronting police during an anti-gay-marriage protest.

Things have gotten so bad in the French right that Barjot herself refused to attend the latest official anti-gay protest, for fear of the extremists that are attempting to take over her movement.

Clément Méric, an 18 year old French college student murdered in Paris by far-right skinheads. (Credit: Action Antifasciste)

Clément Méric, an 18 year old French college student murdered in Paris by far-right skinheads. (Credit: Action Antifasciste)

Today we learned that 18 year old Clément Méric, a pro-gay college student attending the prestigious Sciences Po in Paris, succumbed to injuries recently sustained at the hands of three skinheads at a Paris train station.  (Violent crimes are relatively uncommon in France, as compared to the US, though that’s been changing of late.)

Sadly, France’s anti-gay right, including the Catholic Church, have given an odd “denunciation/justification” for the increase in violence.  Violence is always wrong, they say, but who wouldn’t turn violent when the government jams gay marriage down the people’s throats? (Mind you, a majority of the French people support gay marriage in the polls.)

First it was France’s top Catholic official giving a creepy statement that seemed to justify the violence, and threaten more, while claiming to condemn it.

Then it was a statement from Barjot herself, which to some ears seemed to sound like a threat for more violence.

“[Président] Hollande veut du sang, il en aura ! Tout le monde est furieux. Nous vivons dans une dictature.”

“[French President] Hollande wants blood, and he’s going to get it.  Everyone is furious. We live in a dictatorship.”

And now, in response to the attack on young Clément Méric, Barjot has penned a piece that again denounces the violence, but then turns around and, incredibly, blames gay marriage supporters for the right-wing’s murder of this young man. Here’s Barjot:

This extreme fight is the result of a power that for nine months has refused to listen to the French people.  The President has caused extremism to grow by passing a law that the French didn’t want, and in a manner that was authoritarian and undemocratic.  When we refuse to act like a democracy, extremism grows.  In a way, you could say that there was a death because of this denial of democracy.

Nice lady, eh?  Keep in mind that the French anti-gay right is closely tied to America’s anti-gay leaders, especially NOM, the Nation Organization for Marriage. While once crowing about their success in France, they’ve been interestingly silent now that the bodies are dropping.

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Vigil held for Clément Méric today in Paris.

Barjot continues, explaining that she of course condemns the violence, but that the only way to fight the extremists is to repeal gay marriage and replace it with a civil unions law.

Right.  The only way to stop the anti-gay right from murdering gay people is to repeal gay marriage.  Actually, there is another way to stop the anti-gay right from murdering people – just stop murdering people.

Like so many of the passive-aggressive haters we face here in America, Barjot does a tremendous job of “repudiating the violence,” while at the same time seemingly making excuses for it, and worse, blaming the victim.

Is this the way France, and the rest of Europe, fought against home-grown terrorism in the 1970s and 1980s, by seeking out ways to placate the terrorists?

And did African-Americans in the 1950s and 1960s bring the police hoses and german shepherds on themselves since, after all, they “jammed” their civil rights down the throats of an American public that simply wanted to be left alone by people they considered inferior and immoral?

And what’s next?  Shall we blame the French Resistance for, you know, resisting the Nazis?  After all, if the Resistance hadn’t created that climate during the Occupation, the Nazis would have never felt the need to kill so many French people in return.

However it’s spelled, hate really is universal.


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  • red_zone

    I am honestly appalled at the levels of selfishness, arrogance and total lack of empathy and compassion in those words.

    Anyone who would ever spout such poison cannot truly be a part of the God they profess to worship.

  • Sweetie

    Historical accuracy is a good thing.

  • pappyvet

    Also;
    You wouldn’t have been raped if you were not a woman
    You would not have been lynched if you had not been black

  • Butch1

    She doesn’t like gays because they don’t worship her or find her the least bit attractive like the other icons of her day. She is a dried up old homophobe who still thinks she is in her twenties. Poor thing is not getting the attention she needs and this cause is the perfect tool for her to get back into the spot light.

    The sad thing is that she could have been a voice on the right side of this issue and been admired by gays and lesbians all over the world. Now, she will be scorned and her old movies will be ignored and she will be forgotten. She will be remembered for her hate filled legacy of being on the wrong side of this argument in the history books and she will be pitied for her myopic view of it.

  • RRR

    I can’t stop thinking about how stupid people can be.The whole skinhead situation here in Greece is going out of control too.Not only do I not understand what the hell is wrong with same sex marriage since science has new developed theories about being gay and how one ends up being gay(due to chromosomes and hormones etc)so it’s not ones choice (just saying for some ignorant people who don’t have any other argument against gay people) but also I do not get why Christians and religious people get so hyped up about it being a sin when all they are doing is criticizing and are not accepting of people close to them(not to mention sins like killing LYING etc).Jesus said “Μην είσαι εκδικητικός στους άλλους,αγάπα τον πλησίον σου σαν τον εαυτό σου” which means “Do not be vindictive to others, love your neighbor as yourself.”

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    You are correct.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Exactly. The polls shows us at 60 some percent, and now after all the bad publicity by the far right, we’re still at low 50s in favor of marriage equality, so she’s not telling the truth about that one. And yes, it’s not authoritarian and undemocratic when you follow the rules for what’s allowed in your own democracy. Not to mention, I’ll bet 99% of the french have no idea what particular parliamentary rules were invoked to put this thing on a ‘fast’ track that still took months to do.

  • FunMe

    “Like so many of the passive-aggressive haters we face here in America, Barjot does a tremendous job of “repudiating the violence,” while at the same time seemingly making excuses for it, and worse, blaming the victim.”

    She can’t have it both ways. She has BLOOD on her hands and she is also responsible this hate crime happening.

    BIGOT BARJOT needs to be strongly condemned and warned that she will be charged with hate crimes and more is she continues to encourage more hate crimes. She’s disgusting!

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    A lynch nit picker—–that’s a first here.

  • olandp

    I can’t use the “c-word” here, but you can be sure I’m thinking it.

  • suck it

    who the fuck cares, we have much bigger issues to worry about. Its like worrying about the termite infestation when the house is burning down. Give it a rest you incessant idiots.

  • EdA

    I had a longish comment written, and then rewritten, and then rewritten again. I’ve decided to just keep the “rationale” that psychopaths such as these — and their clear forebears — have used over time. “Because you object to my efforts to squash your rights and even your humanity, I am PARTICULARLY entitled to use violence to squash your rights and even your humanity.” And when called on it — by the relatively few people who DO call them on it, you get a “nopology” — and far too often repeated and increased sociopathic behavior.

  • Hue-Man

    This has rattled me since I first read it several hours ago. Her comments are cold and heartless, ignoring the history of bullying, homelessness, bashing, persecution and murder that LGBT people have endured. Forgive me if I have a hard time relating to her “traditional family values” when his parents, sibings, and friends are mourning an inestimable loss.

    More troubling is the message that is being sent around the world: you know the list of neo-nazi and gay-hating countries in Eurasia, Africa, and Central Europe who now look at France in a different way. Instead of respecting human rights, the French far-right have given these violent regimes a get-out-of-jail card and it’s pretty clear the attackers are not the ones who will pay the price.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    I find this particular statement from Barjot to be especially monstrous:

    The President has caused extremism to grow by passing a law that the French didn’t want, and in a manner that was authoritarian and undemocratic.

    Except that a majority of the French people DO want marriage equality, and the manner in which it was passed was completely in keeping with France’s democratically elected government system.

    What would be authoritarian would be some leader or group looking to overturn the will of the majority of the French people and their elected government.

    It’s always projection with these regressives, isn’t it? Well, the blood is on their hands now.

  • Sean

    Clément Méric would still be alive if that grotesque non-human Nazi slut Frigide Barjot was never born and grew up to foment the anti-gay evil terrorism that repulsive waste of life has brought into this world. That nasty trash has his blood on her parasitic hands.

  • Jordan Petersen

    They make me sick. They do the crime, the injustice of murder and then blame the side that the kid supported simply because they are trying to cover up their bloody trail.

  • ckg1

    It is high past time to go scorched earth on these sons of bitches.

    You wanted a war? You’ve GOT one. And you’d better be prepared to go all the way.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    It’s not different, really. Terrorism is the use of specific public acts of violence, threats of violence, and the destruction of property to advance a particular political, religious, and/or social agenda.

  • Monoceros Forth

    Silly of me to ask this question, I suppose, but the marriage equality law passed through the normal machinery of representative government in France, didn’t it? Where exactly was the supposed subversion of democracy?

    I have to love that passive usage too. “The President has caused extremism to grow…” Yep, extremism isn’t something the right-wing thugs actually committed, it just popped up like weeds in an empty field.

  • JozefAL

    Not trying to defend the KKK or anything, but I feel a slight correction needs to be made. The Klan had been lynching people LONG before integration was a concern of the Klan or even a part of official US political policy.

    Also, lynchings were NOT the exclusive property of the Klan. There were lynchings of whites, Mexicans and Asians, even in California. The alleged kidnappers and murderers of Brooke Hart in San Jose, California, were lynched and the lynching itself was a media “event.” Also, rather notably, the men who were lynched hadn’t even been indicted, much less tried, at the time of the lynching.

    One last point: Tuskegee Institute (now, Tuskegee University) began compiling records of lynchings, beginning in 1882. In 1959, when the Institute published its last report, it noted that only three lynchings had been reported (all in 1955, one of which was the Emmett Till case) since 1951. Granted, the Institute had a pretty specific definition of “lynching”: That it had to have evidence of that a person had been killed, via illegal means, by a group of 3 or more persons, and the killing had to have been done under a pretext of serving justice, race or tradition. There WERE killings of people (Black AND White) by the Klan during the Civil Rights era, but most were not properly “lynchings.” The blowing up of the Birmingham church that killed 4 little Black girls didn’t really constitute a lynching since only one man was ever connected with planting the bomb (now, as to whether more people may have been involved in planning the crime, that’s another matter) and cross burnings, while despicable and widespread, rarely resulted in anyone’s death. Seeing a group of white men (or men in white robes and hoods) fleeing from a cross burning, even if the men had engaged in shooting at a target’s house, might have been intimidating but, again, if no deaths resulted from it, it wouldn’t constitute a lynching.

  • d3clark

    Or as the French neoNazis proclaim, “Liberté, égalité, fraternité – only as long as you’re EXACTLY like us and what we want.”

  • Thom Allen

    It’s amazing that the conservatives world-wide have the same non-stick Teflon attitude. We did the crime, but it’s YOUR fault. We bombed your clinic, but YOU forced us to because you did abortions. We beat you, but it’s YOUR fault because you’re gay and want equal rights We raped you, but it’s YOUR fault because you have a vagina..We shot your kids, but it’s YOUR fault because you tried to take away our guns. WE murdered you, but it’s YOUR fault because you weren’t Christian.

    Then, if forced to by increasing social backlash, they issue a Conservapology: “If anyone was offended or hurt by what I said or did, I regret that they misinterpreted my remarks and actions.” Translation: You women, minorities, gays, immigrants, liberals, parents are just too sensitive and I really don’t give a rat’s ass about you. But because of the social and economic heat, I’ll try to make nice, even though I still hate your guts.

  • FLL

    This is exactly the same logic that was historically used by the oldest tradition of domestic terrorism in the United States, the Ku Klux Klan: “You’re making us lynch people and bomb Black churches by forcing integration on us.” Same script. Can the bullshit get any thicker?

  • jomicur

    So much for conservatives’ concern with personal responsibility.

  • slappymagoo

    So the logic is “we don’t want to kill anyone but you’re making us kill people because you’re not doing things the way we want things done.”

    And this is different from terrorism…HOW?

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    That’s just sickening.

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