Laws is a disrespectful N______ for saying G____

via Newstalk ZB

Former MP and now Otago Regional Councillor Michael Laws has responded to criticism of his use of the words “gypsy” and “n—–” by saying he didn’t know any Romani people who were offended by the term – and that suppression of free speech was “dangerous and anti-democratic”.

Laws made a Facebook post after the Otago Regional Council decided it would not use the term “Gypsy Day” after it was deemed offensive. Now called Mooving Day by the ORC, the day is the annual movement of cows between farms for winter grazing.

Laws’ post, linking to an article about the name change, said “Right, so “gypsy” is the new “n—–“?

Dunedin City Councillor Aaron Hawkins posted a picture of Laws’ post on his own Facebook page with the caption “Towering intellects of our time”. The post received a number of comments rebuking Laws’ use of words.

Laws went on to outline what he believed was the harm caused by suppression of speech, even terms largely deemed offensive, as “the greatest danger” in a generation.

“The attack on freedom of speech and freedom of thought, particularly by what I call illiberal liberals, is the greatest danger since the totalitarianism of the Second World War.

“If you suppress people who are unpopular or offensive thoughts, you drive them underground. You create an outrage within those who are not offended that someone can have those freedoms stripped from them.

“I think we’ve reached that point now quite frankly. People are scared of saying things and thinking things, and having discourses, and intelligent and informed political debate, because they are fearful of offending people.

“It’s much worse than ludicrous. It’s dangerous and anti-democratic. It is a denial of western freedom of thought and speech. It is an attack upon the fundamental tenets of our democracy.”

Introduction of thought crimes is on the political agenda of the liberal leftards.  It must be fought on all fronts, by everyone, at all times.

 


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