No one was attacked. No one was hurt, but these men are getting suspended prison sentences for a prank, no doubt because some Muslims felt offended.
This is in the same spirit of the UK’s increasing enforcement of sharia law, an 18-year-old girl was jailed for a year back in 2014 for putting a slice of bacon on the door handle of a mosque.
Leaving a pig’s head at a mosque is a stupid, ugly prank. Silly? Yes. Criminal? Only if you are the pig. But suspended prison sentences for a prank? This is France, not Yemen. But the difference in governance is increasingly hard to see.
“French men who hanged severed pig’s head on mosque door handed suspended prison sentences,” by Romina McGuinness, Express, October 6, 2017:
TWO men have been given suspended prison sentences and were heavily fined by a French court for hanging a bloodied pig’s head on the door of a local mosque in July.
The two unnamed men, aged 20 and 22, were handed suspended sentences of three months and six months respectively after they were found guilty of “inciting hatred on religious grounds”, an offence which carries a maximum penalty of five years.
The pair have also been ordered to pay the two plaintiffs – mosque officials and the Collective Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF) – 2,000 euros (£1,794) in damages each.
They will also have to pay €1,000 (£895) to cover the plaintiffs’ legal fees.
The men, who are from Pont-de-Beauvoisin, a small town in southwest France, near Lyon, told judges that they deeply regretted offending the local Muslim community, adding that the decision to hang the severed pig’s head on the door of their local prayer hall had been nothing more than a “bad joke” and that they had been “under the influence of alcohol”.
The pair told the court they had been driving home from a “drunken party” along with three other friends when they crashed their car into a wild boar, killing him on the spot.
They then hauled the dead creature into the car, went home, cut him up and froze the meat, at which point one of the men suggested dumping the pig’s severed head outside the local mosque….
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