Let them voice their opinions

Published on Author Dan Moskovitz3 Comments

Far right Canadians Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux have been banned from speaking at venues owned by Auckland City Council during their trip to NZ.

Southern and Molyneux have controversial opinions on feminism, gender, and especially Islam.

The Islamic community unsurprisingly voiced their opposition.

Hazim Afra, president of the New Zealand Federation of Islam Associates, said the following:

“[She] abuses her right of freedom of speech. She’s just going to give a talk in which she’s just going to insult all of us,” Mr Arafeh said.

“I don’t think insulting Muslims comes under free speech, that’s an abuse of freedom of speech.

“I’m talking on behalf of 50,000 to 60,000 Muslims in New Zealand who are going to face a very hard time by all the comments she is going to make.”

I’m not going to lie: I find people like Southern and Molyneux racist and Islamophobic.

However, in the end, I also believe that they, just like everyone else, want a better society for everyone to live in.

And, we should let those who do not agree with us voice their views.

Southern and Molyneux should be allowed to speak at council venues.

 

3 Responses to Let them voice their opinions

  1. I agree Dan. We, in NZ, are fortunate that we have freedom of speech. However, if Southern & Molyneaux engage in hate speech that could be a quite different matter.

    See https://youtu.be/PXjhy6lbmDA for a taste of what can be expected. Their far-right alternative views on everything from feminism, gender and immigration to Islam. Prejudice is, essentially, on a continuum from the far left to the far right. Hearing the views of people at the far ends may be uncomfortable but there can be some benefit in reading and/or hearing them. What we should be encouraging, by allowing views throughout the spectrum, is critical thinking which can help us to identify more clearly where we stand on issues. But, I repeat, belligerent hate speech is dangerous and unwelcome.

  2. Isn’t there a point at which it’s moving past free speech into insulting? Free speech is important, but when it’s hurting people we need regulation. While I admittedly have no idea what I’m talking about, it seems to me that there are multiple sections in the Human Rights Act which focus on making it illegal to threaten, abuse or insult – both generally and specifically aimed at race and ethnicity.

  3. This never happens to Progressives does it?
    But then they know better don’t they?

    Free speech is just that.
    or Not.

    The Dutch parliamentarians Ayaan Hirsi Ali & Geert Wilders have been prevented by the Islamists and Progressives from speaking in Oceania and other places too.

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