Poor old Bob looks as though he is jumping at shadows again:
“We were contacted by a concerned staff member who was stunned when they tried to access our website to sign the petition, and told that the site was deemed ‘Hate’ and that the web page ‘contravenes Dunedin City Council’s Acceptable Usage Policy’. The staff member’s response was that ‘if the concept that marriage should be between a man and a woman is offensive, then I despair for the future of this country.’ We agree,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.
Only issue for Bob is that it all seems rather kosher. The filtering process (run by a US company) has blocked Bob’s site.
Council communications and marketing manager Graham McKerracher said the council did not control the filtering process, which was done by a United States company.
Mr McKerracher could last night not say why the Protect Marriage site was blocked.
But a block meant the site, or someone leaving a comment on the site, might have used language determined by the filter to be offensive, resulting in the site being put on a banned list.
Bob then cries a few tears:
“It is highly hypocritical and inconsistent that one side of the debate can be blocked, but not the other. This is discrimination at its worst and [the council] seems to be initiating their own version of hate speech laws.”
Except that the Council isn’t intentionally blocking anything. Bob, rather than stomp your feet that public servants can’t view your propaganda how about you do as the Council suggests and encourage people to look at your site from the privacy of their homes.