Bob McCoskrie

I want the Bible and Quran banned. Or at least age restricted

Bob McCoskrie is dumber than a sack of hammers and clearly still hasn’t heard about the Streisand Effect.

Conservative lobby group Family First is considering its legal options after a ban on controversial teen novel Into the River was lifted.

An interim restriction order was applied last month on Ted Dawe’s award-winning coming-of-age novel making it illegal to sell or supply the book anywhere in New Zealand.

Film and Literature Board of Review took the step after Family First sought to have an age restriction placed on the book because of its subject matter.

The book contains offensive language and addresses several controversial issues, including having sex under the legal age, illegal drug use, child sex exploitation and violent assault.

In a 4-1 majority decision the board lifted the ban saying it did not believe an age restriction was justified.   Read more »

C-word nine times, the F-word 17 times and s-h-i-t 16 times, but not banned anymore

New Zealand has flipped back into the 21st century by unbanning a banned book.  

Leaving the suitability of the book for young adults to one side, we should never ban books because that means someone gets to decide what is acceptable and what isn’t.  The ability to write anything at all, no matter how unsuitable, is something that needs to be protected.

Award-winning book Into the River will be back on shelves after an interim ban on it was lifted today; however, it was not a unanimous decision.

Library and bookshop shelves across the country were stripped of the teen novel after an interim ban was placed on it for explicit content.

The book, written by Ted Dawe, won the 2013 NZ Post Children’s Book Awards.

Last month, the coming-of-age novel was given the interim ban by the Film and Literature Board of Review following a request by Family First.

The book was initially released with stickers warning of explicit content, but without any age restriction. The board later changed it to R14, but last month the chief censor removed the restriction, as well as the requirement it carry a sticker warning.   Read more »

Bob McCoskrie loves the Streisand Effect


via 3 News

Hayden Donnell at 3 News has noticed that Family First frequently boosts the publications or events they protest against due to the Streisand Effect.   He had an email exchange with Family First director Bob McCoskrie:

“Hi Hayden. The problem with your thesis is that you’re suggesting that if we just stay silent, the problem will go away.

Anything but!

It’s when these events happen that we can raise the concerns that so many have about, for example, the harms of porn and the pornography industry,” he wrote. Read more »

That Streisand Effect needs to be renamed to the Streisand Law

Just like Obama sells guns, Bob McCoskrie sells books.

Interest in reading a controversial book has risen in Rotorua after it was slapped with an interim ban.

Award-winning young adult novel, Into the River by Ted Dawe has been pulled from shelves at Rotorua District Library and local bookstores after an order by the Film and Literature Board of Review.

The move comes following a complaint from the conservative lobby group Family First which reportedly objected to the novel’s sexually explicit content, drug use and use of slang for female genitalia.

The interim ban of sale and supply of the 2013 book is the first in the 22-year-history of the Films, Videos and Publications Classification Act 1993.    Read more »

Book banning still alive and well in NZ


Bob McCoskrie is an idiot.

He has moved to have an award winning book banned after it has been on the market for more than two years. Has he not heard of the Streisand Effect? Read more »

Who will take over from Colin Craig?

With Colin Craig’s departure now confirmed, let’s look at what a primary race might look like in the Conservative Party.

The one thing the Conservatives have on their side is time.  The election is still at least two years away so they can take months deciding on a new leader.

Initial front-runners:

Former CERA boss, Roger Sutton
Pros: Roger is both competent and available. He’s better liked by the Government than Colin Craig and would more likely be able to get a Epsom-style deal from John Key.
Cons: Two leaders in a row with sexual harassment allegations in their past is a bad look, even for the Conservatives.

Christine Rankin
Pros: High profile, media capable. Experience in senior government position would bring an element of credibility should the Party find themselves a part of fourth term John Key Government.
Cons: It’s Christine Rankin.  Read more »

Outrage? Not so much, it’s only Christians being insulted


Apparently there is some outrage about a t-shirt exhibition which has a t-shirt from some band called Cradle of Filth that is offensive.

The display of a t-shirt that features a semi-naked nun and makes an obscene reference to Jesus has sparked a threat to call police and pleas for a boycott.

For an exhibition starting tomorrow, Canterbury Museum planned to display items including English metal band Cradle of Filth’s “Vestal Masturbation” t-shirts.

The clothing, the subject of several controversies and prosecutions worldwide over the years, featured an obscene slogan about Jesus on one side and a picture of a semi-naked nun masturbating on the other.

Conservative lobby group Family First called the exhibit “horrific” and “offensive” and was appealing to authorities, the public and the museum to take action.

Bob McCoskrie, the group’s national director, said he was complaining to police because he needed to “warn families” and dismissed suggestions his complaint would simply give the exhibit more attention.

“It’s a free exhibition in a public museum.”

Mr McCoskrie understood the museum received an “exemption” to display the t-shirts, even though he said both the Internal Affairs Department and Invercargill District Court had in the past deemed the shirt offensive.

“We don’t think it’s art.”

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John Key talks euthanasia, David Cunliffe cowers in the corner

John Key has discussed euthanasia…

Prime Minister John Key has signalled possible loosening of euthanasia laws, saying he would sympathise with “speeding up of the process” of death for a terminally ill patient.

He told Family First director Bob McCoskrie in a public interview at a forum in Auckland yesterday that euthanasia would be “a legitimate thing” to speed up death for a terminally ill patient who was in pain.

But he said he would not vote for a bill proposed by Labour MP Maryan Street that would allow any adult suffering from a condition likely to cause their death within 12 months to request medical assistance to die.

“If it’s the same bill, I’ll oppose it because I think the way that bill was structured is not good law,” he said. “In the world that I live in, in my head, it’s a conscience issue. So when someone says to me ‘euthanasia’ I think of the person that is terminally ill, that is going to die, and in a tremendous amount of times and in my world, euthanasia is a legitimate thing in that situation.”

We do need a debate on euthanasia which is why I was disappointed that Maryna Street pulled her bill for fear of having that debate in election year.

Ask anyone who has sat beside a loved one’s bed holding their hand as they die and I doubt you will find any opponents of euthanasia.

He said modern medical practice was to give terminally ill patients pain relief and allow the natural process of death to occur.

“The palliative care would not do anything to prolong their life or to shorten their life. What I would say is in that scenario I … could understand the speeding up of the process,” he said. “The bill goes a lot further than that. In the situation where grandma is 92 [and people just want her to go], that’s not acceptable.”

Spoken like a man who has never had to watch it.

My mother died slowly over 12 months, in pain and I only ever saw her show that pain once…she was tough, but she should never have been in a position for that to happen like that.

The doctors and nurses, especially in the hospice were amazing and though it was never spoken about the ever increasing doses of morphine eventually saw her off.

You know that time is short when they double the dose the night before Mum passed.

Mum lasted for a year, I’d hate to think what a longer time period would do…lingering, knowing that there is only one outcome but prevented by the law from dealing with your terminal illness the way you see fit.

While John Key is prepared to talk about it, and I welcome that, David Cunliffe lacks the balls to even comment.

Labour leader David Cunliffe declined to comment on the issue yesterday and Ms Street did not return calls.

That sort of gutlessness should be called out. But then what can you expect from a man who apologises for being a man.


– NZ Herald

Labour continues to focus on the things that matter

Labour lacks any meaningful policy ideas, most of their so-called game-changer policies are nothing more than slogans or bumper sticker policies.

They still haven’t done any work on their Capital Gains Tax policy, a policy launched prior to the last election, and their “Big Tool” policy has been universally panned.

Where they have done considerable policy work though is on social engineering type policies like the so-called “Bathroom Bill” that Louisa Wall is trying to push through.

Family First says that the Labour party through its ‘Rainbow Sector’ is now attempting to push a highly controversial piece of legislation through Parliament in a way that avoids the public debate and focus that it deserves.

“The controversial proposal, previously floated by Labour MP Louisa Wall, to include ‘gender identity’ as a prohibited ground of discrimination under the Human Rights Act is unnecessary, and has been dubbed the “bathroom bill” in overseas jurisdictions,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.    Read more »

Bad news for Colin Craig, the kids are ok

Colin Craig opposed marriage equality, along with other idiots like Bob McCoskrie ont he basis that the kids were at risk, and that their world view that a mother and a father was the only valid family unit,

Well bad news for Colin and Bob…the kids are doing fine.

Children of same-sex parents are doing as well or better than the rest of the population on several key health indicators, according to initial findings of the world’s largest study of such children.

The Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families collected data on 500 children nationally, up to the age of 17. Of the 315 gay, lesbian and bisexual parents who completed the globally recognised child health questionnaire, 80 per cent were women.

An interim report found there was no statistical difference between children of same-sex couples and the rest of the population on indicators including self-esteem, emotional behaviour and the amount of time spent with parents.  Read more »