As mentioned earlier, Andrew Little, and a certain Green MP has has the nickname of Golly G, have declared that so-called “hate speech” laws need to be much more all-embracing; thus the existing right of Freedom of Speech and Expression must go, at least as far as concerns other people’s, but not their own, of course.
A response on a social media site says that some European countries have banned criticism of religions — which is sure to be one of the things Andrew Little wants to do — and the example of Denmark was given where insulting or degradation of “a group of people… on account of their race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, or sexual orientation shall be liable to a fine or to imprisonment for any term not exceeding two years.”
The problem with that is that there are some pretty dodgy religions out there — Scientology, the Church of Satan, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Exclusive Bretheren to name a few — and criticisms of them are quite justifiable. The same can be said about extreme sects of Islam, such as Wahhabists. But you wouldn’t be able to call their adherents nutters etc. if Andrew Little gets his way: that would be banned. These sects/cults would be complaining constantly and the police would be clogging up the courts even more than they are now.
How does Jacinda feel about it? She was raised a Mormon, but says she left that religion in 2005 because of its stance on homosexuality. If she doesn’t like the Mormon attitude to homosexuality, then she won’t like the Islamic attitude either — but perhaps no-one has told her that. Does she realise that banning negative statements about gays/lesbians/transgender etc isn’t compatible with banning negative statements about any and all religions?
As we’ve said, the laws are fine like they are — leave well alone.