What Bill of Rights?
Concern is now very real that the deeply undemocratic Andrew Little (who voted for the killing of unborn children to become easier – in spite of 91.6% of submissions to parliament opposing this) is now attempting to use nationwide worry about Covid 19 to distract the country from his intention to push through the deeply undemocratic hate speech legislation he is sponsoring.
Yet we all know that our Bill of Rights (as Lindsay Perigo reminds us ) contains the following:
New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990
Public Act 1990 No 109
Date of assent 28 August 1990
13 Freedom of thought, conscience, and religion
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion, and belief, including the right to adopt and to hold opinions without interference.
14 Freedom of expression
Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, including the freedom to seek, receive, and impart information and opinions of any kind in any form.
There is no such thing as the right not to be offended—Salman Rushdie.
New Zealanders are reasonable people, and only a fringe element would ever use speech that others find hateful.
But in a knee-jerk action to the shocking and shameful attack on the Muslim community in Christchurch —one for which no New Zealander was responsible.
Perhaps this needs to be remembered, as the media has been centre-staging the fact of its anniversary —which some see an attempt to lay a guilt trip on New Zealanders as a whole.
Undoubtedly, an opportunity is also being taken by the Labour Party government to control New Zealanders even further.
Parliament’s phone number is 04 817 9999.
Arguably, we all need to pick up that phone far more often, and ask to be put through to the relevant office—here that of Andrew Little or Jacinda Ardern. Neither of these offices are presently answering the phone.
Grant Robertson’s office is, and his helpful telephonist was happy to pass on the concern I expressed, with a reminder that majority of New Zealanders undoubtedly feel the same, and that Little has no mandate at all to undertake what he’s doing.
His intent, as he well knows, directly contravenes our Bill of Rights. It’s doubly problematic, because some of the impetus is coming from a religious group within this country, when in fact its extremists worldwide have been and are constantly targeting and killing Christians. So essentially it can be viewed as a power move from representatives of this religion, the majority of whom we know are moderate people—but whom we see worldwide are themselves being targeted, used and sheltering — inadvertently or not — their own extremists.
To allow any religious or ethnic group to dictate government policy is unacceptable.
Of equal concern is that the police should be involved with this issue. For obvious reasons, the police should never be involved in formulating government policy. They are essentially there to maintain law and order and to protect the public against criminal activity.
Thanks to all of you who don’t forget that the price of a democracy, of freedom, is paid only by eternal vigilance.
Please help to warn others – and contact parliament yourself.
© Amy Brooke, Convenor, The 100 Days. See my book “100 Days – Claiming Back New Zealand …what has gone wrong, and how we can control our politicians.” Available through my BOOK Page at www.amybrooke.co.nz, or at Amazon’s Kindle.