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.  

Family First national director Bob McCoskrie said the group would be writing to the board with concerns over whether due process was followed in its decision.

Of particular concern was the fact the Classification Office originally recommended an R18 rating.

He accused the board of bowing to book industry pressure to remove the restriction.

“The focus is not so much on the book, it’s on the process and giving confidence to parents that a vetting system is working properly.”

While the group did not intend to appeal the lack of age restriction on Into the River, he said the move set a “dangerous precedent” for the release of similar material.

“We want the board to get their standards right,” he said.

Fair enough…let’s ban the book that has polygamy, prostitution, debauchery, buggery, incest, genocide, slavery, torture and violence…the Bible. And while we are at it let’s ban the book written by a confirmed pedophile that has all the same sort of stuff in it…the Quran.

Bob McCoskrie needs to be consistent.


– 3News

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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.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.