I’ve decided to give voice to some good emails that I periodically receive.
This one came in yesterday.
A recent statement issued by the Human Rights Commission is calling out the use of “the ‘N’ word” as not OK in New Zealand. Putting aside the arguments about free speech and the right to be offended, made on WhaleOil in numerous places – let’s agree with the HRC that certain words should be banned and that making some comments is just “not how we roll”. That would be fine if Dame Devoy was consistent.
She says clearly in the release “it’s important for New Zealanders to talk about what is acceptable and what isn’t”. However, she wanted no debate about banning Christmas. She couldn’t even respond to Lindsay Perigo when he gave a speech about what was acceptable from Kiwi Muslims. The Dame of squash says one thing and does another.
If it’s so important to talk about what’s acceptable and what isn’t, why has there been no discussion from the HRC on the hateful BDS movement? Why hasn’t Dame Devoy come out and said anything at all about the Muslims who were arrested on charges of having violent ISIS material in their possession and threatening to kill Kiwis? Where is the HRC statement standing with the Kurdish community instead of only with the Federation of Islamic Associations? What is the HRC doing to understand if a large proportion of the NZ Muslim community also think that terror attacks are justified (like European Muslims)? Why does Dame Devoy continue to tell us that terrorism has NOTHING to do with religion?
It seems there is one standard for Muslims and another for the rest of us when it comes to the HRC. If they were honest about it we might have reason to respect the organisation more but as it stands, pure hypocrisy deserves no respect. The office should be dismantled and the Dame should go back to hitting a small ball in a box – she was very good at that.
Once you start banning words it doesn’t take long before ideas are banned too.
This sort of nonsense must be fought at every turn.
We need to return to our ability to speak freely.