Tag Archive: free speech

Not cool

So Green party co-leader Marama Davidson has received death threats on social media. 

This comes after Auckland City Council’s decision to refuse right-wingers Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux access to speak at council-owned venues, for fear of stirring up hate.

Davidson tweeted her support, and got death threats as a result.

I don’t agree with Davidson here. I think they should have a right to express their views, despite my personal distaste for them.

However, sending death threats is a) a dick move, b) really hurtful to the victim, and c) against the law.

I can’t believe I have to say this, but here it goes:

Don’t send people death threats.

Just don’t.

It’s really not that hard.

Let them voice their opinions

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.

 

Israel Folau and free speech

Australian rugby star Israel Folau was controversial again yesterday, sharing a homophobic video on twitter.  

This comes about a month after Folau stirred the pot of controversy by stating that all gays are going to “HELL.”

Ugh.

What do you do in this scenario?

On one hand, Israel Folau has his right to free speech. But he’s also an extremely influential person, and teaching homophobia is not something society needs.

So you could say that he’s a criminal with hate speech. But where do you draw the line? What constitutes hate speech?

It’s an extremely murky situation.

If anyone has an idea of what the right course of action here is, let me know. Because I certainly don’t.

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