Protect Marriage has no intention of engaging in debate, instead they block dissent

A reader emails:


Protect Marriage’s comment policy, one they are breaking themselves.

Hello Whaleoil,

My name is Gabriel Rodrigues and I am an avid reader and huge fan of your blog and am wanting to voice my concerns to you about an issue relating to Marriage Equality.

As a supporter of Marriage Equality I was on Protect Marriage ‘Facebook page’ engaging respectfully with other commenters on the issue of Marriage Equality only to be blocked, and my comments in support in of Marriage Equality deleted. The comments were made in a respectful and considered manner. 

This is an issue important to all New Zealanders on both sides of this debate; it is personal to all of us. Having healthy debate allows all New Zealanders a deeper understanding of this issue. Resorting to totalitarian tactics by censoring people with different opinions to your own, especially when your own side is losing this debate, especially when around 80% of New Zealanders support Marriage Equality is desperate, dishonest and wrong. I am one of those many young New Zealanders that proudly support Marriage Equality and I will not be censored by totalitarian extremists who want it to remain illegal for me to get married if I choose to.

This group has been censoring people since July 2012, many people have been censored, many people feel the same. There’s nothing like sunlight to expose darkness, I hope your blog will shed light on this issue and that others come forward.

Kind Regards,

Gabriel Rodrigues

It seems Protect Marriage don’t actually want a debate. They prefer to have an echo-chamber.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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