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My very own ‘vilification’ case…

Thanks to that loyal comrade, Ron Boswell, for weighing in on my behalf today with a speech in the Senate – concerning the contemptible ‘vilification’ complaint I had to deal with today.

Andrew Bolt cannot question racial politics, Christian pastors cannot criticise Islam, and family doctors may not assert a child’s birthright to be raised by both a mother and father without the law coming down on them! I will be moving at the upcoming State Council of the Queensland LNP that the offending section 124A of the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 be repealed, or massively amended, to prevent it being used as a truncheon for the thought police, as plain political harassment.

On Steyn Online!

Shouldn’t act like a groupie, but the buzz of the Queensland Origin win was just trumped by the buzz of seeing my letter posted on the Mark Steyn site…

This is one of the most important men left in the West, for his courage and blazing clarity. And one of the most outrageously funny writers.

Treat yourself to a browse through his stuff at www.steynonline.com; he remains one of the most admired and enjoyed writers in the English-speaking world (he himself has a Canadian origin with a British education, hence a rare accent) and you will hear much more of him.

Moral support for Andrew Bolt

Institute of Public Affairs dinner 20/6/2011

Great to see the support for Andrew Bolt at the IPA dinner in Melbourne in his honour last night.

Andrew is the test case for whether free men and women in our country still have the right to argue their case in the public square.

As I said back in April re Andrew’s political show-trial:

Confronted by this deepening disaster, the duty of every elected representative of a free people is to hack away the strangle-vines of vilification laws, sack the ‘human rights’ thought-police, and reclaim our right to argue as fellow citizens and be inevitably offensive.

Bolt faces the State Censor

The trial of the country’s most popular columnist, Andrew Bolt, is due to complete hearings today.  Andrew has “offended” a group of white-skinned part-aboriginal activists, and they are asking the federal court to impose a lifetime ban on him ever hurting their feelings again. State-suppression of speech and ideas, pure and simple. The activists have selected one of several weapons from the Australian PC enforcement kit, the Racial Discrimination Act 1975, as amended by Paul Keating in 1995 to make it unlawful to cause offence to anybody where the offending act “is done because of the race, colour or ethnic origin” of the other person.

Islam and the self-censoring of Europe

Read and be very worried for one of the hardest-won freedoms of the western world – the core freedom to challenge all ideas, philosophies or religions in the court of public opinion.

A world where native citizens of Europe, the culture where democracy was invented and defined by Aristotle as “free citizens deliberating the question: how shall we order our lives together?”, can no longer deliberate certain questions deemed “unacceptable” by an intimidated elite. Where speaking the truth in public argument on a matter of existential importance to society is no defense against conviction for ‘insulting speech’; where one is not judged by one’s peers but by a panel of state censors.

Albrechtsen on Bolt and the thought-police

This is a must-read in today’s Australian on the right to argue our case and provoke opposition in the public square, even if – and especially if – somebody is offended by our opinion. Our politicians have an urgent task on their hands: to hack away the suffocating tangle of ‘vilification laws’, the despicable soft-tyranny of those who would determine the parameters of acceptable, progressive opinion. 

Free speech is not a Left v Right thing, as Steyn said. It’s a free v unfree thing. The case against Bolt shows we are all unfree.

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