Bob Dylan Charged with ‘Inciting Hate’ in France

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit, a Croatian community group in France, just want an apology.

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The Paris prosecutor’s office confirmed Tuesday that charges of “public insult and inciting hate” have been filed against Bob Dylan over a 2012 Rolling Stone interview in which the singer made remarks that offended Croatians.

The charges, initially filed in mid-November, stemmed from a lawsuit brought by a Croatian community group in France that is demanding not monetary damages, but rather an apology from Dylan to the Croatian people. The Associated Press could not reach Dylan’s representatives for comment.

In the interview in Rolling Stone last year, the singer-songwriter referenced the hostile history between Croatians and Serbs when he was asked to compare antebellu- era America with the present.

“If you got a slave master or Klan in your blood, blacks can sense that. That stuff lingers to this day. Just like Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood,” Dylan said.



This is simply a non- story, people who want to make it a story can do so. A "take it out of context an interview in 2012. If everybody was held of that standard. The court would have so many cases that it be the biggest employer in the world. Just ridiculous doesn't even deserve to be in print or discussed


Dylan was speaking about World War II. The Croatian fascist state murdered Jews, Romani and Serbs. Around fifty years later, Serbian nationalists murdered Bosnian Muslims and Croats. In the 20's, Dylan should not be charged for hate speech because the killing in the Balkans has the same major ethnic groups but different victims in two different wars in the 20th century. 

 The Mufti of Jerusalem (who later spent the war as Hitler's guest) encouraged a pogrom that killed Jews. That pogrom encouraged Jews to form the Haganah. During the Israel war of independence, the Haganah tried to avoid civilian casualties, while the Arabs were massacring Jews yet again. But the Irgun and the Stern gang committed atrocities against the Arabs. The leader of the Stern gang was captured and illegally shot by the British, and the Irgun almost ended up in a civil war with the Haganah. 

It's fallen human nature. As a Jewish Christian who learned much from the Jewish teaching that we have a good impulse and an evil impulse, that we must cultivate the good impulse and suppress the evil impulse, I will tell you that ethnic groups remember the atrocities perpetrated against them but forget the atrocities perpetrated by their people. Not all Croats were perpetrators in World War II, but the Croat state was. Not all Serbians were perpetrators in the break up of Yugoslavia, but the Serbian state was. 

 The Arab Israeli wars show that Israel tries to minimize civilian casualties while the Arabs do not, yet there are still right wing Jews who cheer as much as Arab terrorists if Arabs die. It's fallen human nature. Humanity creates religion, and religion does much good and some evil in history. It created charity hospitals and rules of war which tried to limit harm to innocents and noncombatants; but religion also keeps memories alive and memories if not dealt with in a godly way create hate.

We should consider our sins to be planks and the sins of others to be motes. We all need a relationship with God that is beyond religious ritual or religious dogma. We need to realize that we are our brother's keeper, that we may think of ourselves as heroes but if we are ever tested, we are likely to be bystanders at best, perpetrators at worst (unless we are the next victims).

I pray that Jesus returns soon for His bride the church, and that God the Father judges sin and rebellion, while a multitude from every tongue and every people are saved. I pray that Jews, Christians and noachides among the nations are reconciled, and speedily in our day. 

Just stop murdering and stop pointing the finger because you want to remember what was done to you but want to forget what was done by you.

And don't get me started on the United States treatment of native Americans...


Everyone likes to blast the Us over "lost freedoms", but incidents like this provide a clear example between countries where actual free speech exists, like the US, and places where it doesn't, like France, even though people like to claim it does.


@somervillechangeling During World War II Serbian fascists have killed tens of thousands of Croats, Bosnian Muslims, Albanians, Vojvodina Hungarians, Bulgarians, Jews and Roma