28 Jun '21 18:06:038
CLAMPDOWN ON FREE SPEECH IN NEW ZEALAND
Background: Christchurch mosque massacre -> Royal Commission -> tightening of 'hate speech' laws -> recommendation to make unlawful the insulting of a person or group on the grounds of their 'religious conviction'.
The 'religion' intended to be protected is of course Islam.
It is not known whether 'hate speech' on the grounds of 'political conviction' will become unlawful in New Zealand.
Basically, the recommended new laws in New Zealand are striving to outlaw the causing of offense to any person or group by means of speech.
Inclusion of 'religious conviction' as a protected attribute, is not included in New South Wales anti-discrimination law at the present time. However, it was included in the Australian Capital Territory's anti-discrimination law in 2016, again with the perceived aim of protecting minority religions from 'hate speech', particularly the Muslim religion.
Ironically, in the very first anti-discrimination case in the Australian Capital Territory to test their new law, the particular religion deemed to be a victim of hate speech was an outfit called Ordo Templi Orientis - a transgressive Masonic-like occult LGBT religion founded by Aleister Crowley (1875-1947)
The only religion that is not protected by anti-discrimination law is a majority religion, namely Christianity. That is because anti discrimination law is set up to protect the marginalised minorities, not the 'oppressive' majorities.
In fact, in Australia, most of the respondents of complaints to the anti-discrimination authorities have been against Christians. This is best illustrated by the Israel Folau case, wherein he was sacked from the Wallabies national Rugby team for sending out a Bible quote on his Instagram account (specifically 1 Corinthians 6: 9-12)
We are living in interesting times. . . .
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