French comedian Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala, also known as just "Dieudonne", attends a news conference at the "Theatre de la Main d'or" in Paris on January 11, 2014. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
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Euro court rejects French comic’s plea over fine for anti-Semitism

PARIS — The European Court of Human Rights has rejected claims by a French comedian that his right to speak freely was denied when he was convicted and fined in France for insulting Jews. The court said Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, a provocative performer who has been repeatedly accused of hate speech and anti-Semitism, could not claim the protection of free speech guarantees in the European Convention on Human Rights. Siding with the French court that convicted him in 2009, the European rights tribunal said on Tuesday (Nov. 10) that it would not hear his appeal of the conviction because the show that led to it was “unmistakably negationist and anti-Semitic in nature.” READ: Republicans predict Iran deal will gain them Jewish votes in 2016

“If admitted, (the appeal) would contribute to the destruction of Convention rights and freedoms,” the court based in the eastern French city of Strasbourg said in a statement explaining its decision to reject his application.

Atheist Mingle

Meet the comedians behind “Atheist Mingle”

Christian dating website has been the butt of many, many jokes over the years. (Just one example: the “Gay Christian Mingle” parody video.) In spite of that—or perhaps in part because of it—the website is also extremely active. But what about atheists looking for love? It seems there are a few atheist dating websites, though after a quick glance it’s difficult to tell how active they actually are. And while apparently atheists receive more responses than theists on dating website OkCupid, as of now there is nothing quite like an atheist version of Christian Mingle.

A new documentary, “The Muslims are Coming” will debut in seven American cities this month. The movie tells the story of a group of comedians who take their show to the Bible Belt and Red State America engaging mainly non-Muslim audiences. Photo courtesy "The Muslims are Coming" website

Video: The Muslims are Coming! Trailer

“Muslim stand-up comedy is nothing new. But what makes “The Muslims Are Coming” different is that it portrays what happens when a troupe of comedians performs before red state Americans in such places as Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Arizona, Utah and Idaho.”