Tuesday, August 10, 2004

David Irving

The issue of Davis Irving being allowed into NZ or not is not just one of freedom of speech. It is also an issue of who we let into our country. The Government is quite entitled to exclude from entry anyone deemed to be undesirable. Holocaust denies are not automatically entitled to come to this country for the purpose of stirring up anti-Semitism. It is not a restriction on their freedom to express themselves. It is our expression as a community that such views are not welcome here.

3 Comments:

Blogger Habib said...

Sock Thief: this is true -- the visa reason for denying this repulsive little Nazi entry to NZ has nothing to do with free speech. Conversely, I worry about "Hate Speech" laws: I don't know if I want Margaret Wilson deciding who can say what (I have an image of, people being imprisond for criticising our dear Helen, or Jihadis).

10 August 2004 at 9:11 PM  
Blogger Sock Thief said...

Its a fine line. People like Irving are careful to present themselves in such a manner that they can take advantage of the freedom of expression issue. If he said he thought the Holocaust was a good thing, which is what he truely wants to say, then the issue would be clear cut. But instead he comes at it obliquely with his revisionst history.

11 August 2004 at 11:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, but why do you abrogate to yourselves the right I have to hear David Irving, and decide for myself what a repulsive little creep he probably is ? Are we not rational enough to hear for ourselves ? Slippery slope arguements are are fraught with difficulty, but free speech is worth defending, even for those who we may radically disagree with, provided they are not preaching actual violence.

Ed Snack

2 September 2004 at 9:47 PM  

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