By lex, on February 16th, 2010
The Geert Wilders trial is old hat for those get their news on blogs (legacy media, not so much). And most are familiar with the tribulations of Mark Steyn and Ezra Levant in the Great White Up.
But this is too much:**Eh, tu Oz?
In Australia, too, the thought police have been on the march. In January last year, 4BC Queensland radio broadcaster Michael Smith said he thought it dangerous to allow the burka in certain public places because it had been used as a disguise by criminals. He also said he thought the burka impedes vision in a car. Days later, a listener, Omar Hassan, wrote to 4BC and complained to the Australian Communications and Media Authority that Smith had breached the code by vilifying, inciting hatred and discriminating against Muslims.
Last year, ACMA tossed out the complaint. No matter. Hassan also lodged a complaint with Queensland’s Anti-Discrimination Commission. And the ADC accepted the complaint.
Will we really smother our most precious liberties for the sake of not offending the worse kind of illiberalism?
And the purveyors of acceptable thoughts at the ADC now require Smith to attend a three-hour “mediation” session with Hassan. Call it a hunch, but I’m guessing mediation won’t satisfy Hassan. In his 15-page letter to 4BC, he described Australia as a “racist country . . . No. 1 on the world list for the violation of human rights”. He said Fairfax radio is a “human zoo owned by . . . pigs and monkeys”. He said of Smith – a former policeman – that “being a cop would write you off as a decent human being for life as you can never recover from that disease of being a cop, as once a cop, the dirt and filth stick to you forever and could never be removed”.
And he had plenty to say about women in short skirts. He expressed his disgust at being “forced to look at the backside of a woman who bends over in front of me in supermarket to pick an item off a bottom shelf”. It is a health hazard, he says. “Non-Muslim women do not use water to clean themselves when they go to the toilet.” Thus, bending over in a supermarket could cause serious health risks, Hassan wrote, especially for little children who “because of their height, may have such [a] scene right in their face”.
Yup. It appears so. Because of all those disgustingly unhealthy women walking around in short skirts.
When a citizen feels as though he has to self-edit his utterings in fear of the state, he has gone from being a citizen to a subject.
We’re all sliding into entropy, but I honestly thought that Oz would get there last.
** 09-25-2018 Original link gone; replacement found – Ed.