Is aim a bland nation of polite hypocrites?
Tim Wilson’s July 13 column deserves a round of applause. He refers to the Government’s problematic proposal to criminalise hate speech and asks the question, “Will it actually improve how New Zealanders behave towards each other.”
Personally I doubt it. Has repression of speech truly resolved problems in the long term? Ask those living under communism or dictatorship how they have been affected.
Is this Jacinda Ardern’s objective for New Zealanders, to become a bland nation of polite hypocrites? So much easier to control when people fear retribution.
So then, who will be these law makers that will decide for us what is hate speech and what is to be tolerated? What will be their basis for making these decisions? How will they decide what is truth or error, right or wrong?
One thing is for sure if this law is to be upheld, our legal system and police force will need to be radically enlarged.
Meanwhile, let’s just try to speak the truth in love. There’s room for both.