Because PC people are convinced of their own self-righteousness they are particularly intolerant of other people’s freedoms, especially freedom of speech. I was struck by some recent examples. Today Kiwiblog reports on a petition sent to Auckland Council libraries seeking to ban a book (Farrar’s comments are in bold).
Not the Library’s job to censor April 2nd, 2015 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar
The Herald reports:
Auckland Council will not be removing a controversial book from its libraries, despite a growing petition claiming it “advocates child abuse”.
The online petition, which has more than 2400 signatures, was launched on Friday by West Auckland mother Eileen Joy after she learned Auckland Libraries stocked a copy of To Train Up a Child – a 1994 book which instructs parents to withhold food and whip their children with branches and belts.
The authors of the book – American pastors Michael and Debi Pearl – also advise readers to use a garden hose on children who have soiled their pants.
The book sounds pretty terrible, but libraries should not ban books because some people don’t like them.
Auckland Council chief operating officer Dean Kimpton said: “Under no circumstances is violence against children acceptable or lawful.”
However, he said this debate touched on the fundamental principle of freedom of expression and it was a matter that would be referred to the Office of Film and Literature Classification.
The Classification office decide if a publication is legal or not. Not libraries – or Ms Joy.
Those who have been borrowing the book may be doing so, for critical research purposes. Or they may just want to hear different views. I have no times for busy bodies who think they should decide for everyone else what they should be allowed to read.
The inappropriately named Ms Joy and the 2400 people who signed her petition should be ashamed of themselves. Banning books is the hallmark of religious fanatics, communists and national socialists. It is the hallmark of intolerance.
Another example of the desire to ban. with its drift towards a more intolerant, PC society and the consequent undermining of democracy, is given today in a Whaleoil blog. The High Court has upheld freedom of speech in its finding that the ban by the Electoral Commission of a musical parody of John Key during the election campaign was unlawful. This is what Whaleoil has to say and I agree.
I strongly believe in Freedom of expression. I cannot expect to have the right to criticise or mock those in politics I disagree with and on the other hand try to silence those who want to criticise or mock the party I support.
I disagree with those who claim that freedom of expression should have limits. We all should have the right to disagree and to criticise and to mock. This right is integral to a democracy. It is sadly ironic that those who exercise their freedom of speech in a democracy are sometimes the exact same people who are agitating to stop others from exercising that exact same right.
Like Cameron Slater I too am deeply saddened as the National Party drifts towards a more PC future.
Thank goodness democracy is still being upheld in the courts. Thank goodness for bloggers who stand up for freedom of speech.