Posts Tagged ‘free speech’

Better love overrides hateful accusations and judgement

Monday, August 30th, 2021
better love

The Government has recently released proposals for legislating a new offence against communications that “intentionally incite/stir up, maintain or normalise hatred”. The proposals themselves seemed to have stirred up strong reactions among people, including among some Christian churches and societies. Depending on what YouTube’s algorithm has decreed you should enjoy watching, some of these reactions Read more

Is Ardern preparing her escape route from hate speech laws?

Thursday, July 8th, 2021
hate speech

On the campaign trail last year, Ardern raised eyebrows when she blithely told journalists she expected “wide support” for expanding existing hate-speech laws to include religion. When asked whether sexual orientation, age or disability could be included, she said, “Yeah.” The Prime Minister, who had just unveiled a memorial plaque at Christchurch’s Al Noor mosque, Read more

We must have the right to be wrong

Thursday, June 24th, 2021

In the Carafa Chapel in the church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva​ in Rome, there is a statue of the revered Catholic figure St Thomas Aquinas with the Latin inscription, Sapientiam sapientum perdam. The inscription translates as “I shall destroy the wisdom of the wise”. Who were the wise? The wise were scientists and philosophers Read more

Religion hate speech crackdown promised

Thursday, September 24th, 2020
hate speech

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern is promising to crack down on hate speech and restrict free speech if she can govern alone after the election. She promised to include religion under legislation that deals with hate speech and discrimination. “In a modern New Zealand, everyone would agree no one should be discriminated for their religion. “It Read more

Abortion law Bill: Safe Zones rejected

Thursday, March 12th, 2020
abortion

Justice Minister Andrew Little will not try to re-introduce “safe zones” into his abortion legalisation bill after a mix up removed them. “The safe zone provision was always the most marginally supported,” Little said. The abortion law bill was going through the committee stage on Tuesday evening and into the early hours of Wednesday. ACT Read more

A book defending free speech rejected for fear of hate speech

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

The claim a New Zealand academic’s latest book has been banned may be a little over-egged, but a publisher’s interpretation of international hate speech laws is an interesting example of the current global tensions between free speech and hate speech. Read more Related Posts:Religion hate speech crackdown promisedMuslim group: Submission process for hate speech…UK bill Read more

It’s not the state’s role to decide which ideas are right or wrong

Monday, June 24th, 2019

Following the Christchurch massacre, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced a review of our hate speech laws. Little wants the review to focus on “whether our laws properly balance the issues of freedom of speech and hate speech”. He seems to want a bob each way on this question. On the one hand, he has defended free Read more

After the vigils and prayers, what next?

Thursday, March 21st, 2019
what next

Some people are starting to ask hard questions about what will happen next. Will the nation just “move on”? “We will condemn this horrifying act of violence as extreme and out of the ordinary, we will come together as a nation and hold vigils, and we will try to move on from this tragic incident,” Read more

Contempt has no place in free speech debate

Monday, August 20th, 2018
free speech

It’s often said that when America sneezes, the world gets a cold. In the time of Trump, it means we might worry that when America gets a little crazy, the rest of the world might go mad. In years past, New Zealand’s geographical isolation provided a measure of natural immunity to foreign viruses. Today, however, Read more

Move to ban prolife club judged unconstitutional

Monday, October 9th, 2017

A provisional decision to disaffiliate ProLife Auckland from the Auckland University Students’ Association (AUSA) will not proceed after legal advice found the move to be unconstitutional and void. In August, an online referendum was held that contained a double question: “Should AUSA disaffiliate the ProLife Club and ban any clubs with similar ideology from affiliating in the Read more