KIWIS DEMAND RIGHT TO OFFEND

Kiwis insufficiently trained in political correctness speak out:

A group of 27 high-profile New Zealanders, including unlikely allies such as Don Brash and Dame Tariana Turia, have penned an open letter warning freedom of speech is under threat in the country’s universities.

It was the brainchild of Auckland University of Technology’s History Professor Paul Moon, and rejects “the forceful silencing of dissenting or unpopular views” on university campuses.

It also insists debate must not be suppressed because the ideas put forth “are thought by some or even by most people to be offensive, unwise, immoral, or wrong-headed”.

Our trans-Tasman neighbours talk funny but they’re smarter than they sound:

The letter also follows Human Rights Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy’s February call for a review of “hate speech” law and Police Commissioner Mike Bush suggesting an examination of the pros and cons of a specific crime.

The open letter has been signed by academics, business leaders, community representatives and controversial commentators including Sir Bob Jones, former prime minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer, Maori educationalist Sir Toby Curtis, poet Albert Wendt and former MP Luamanuvao Winnie Laban.

The ability to offend is the whole point of freedom to speak.

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