Posts by Dennis Frank

  • Speaker: An attempt at demystifying Sharia,

    I do appreciate your attempt to present sharia in a positive light, Felix. Worth a try. The problem really is that it is likely to be seen as an artifact of tradition, rather than a code which can evolve to become a guide to good behaviour.

    And, to the extent that it derives from the instructions of the prophet, it is probably an inherently flawed prescription. If any islamic cleric is on record as advocating deletion from the Koran of his instruction that followers of the faith must kill unbelievers, we would have a rational basis upon which progress could be made.

    I have seen no evidence of any such development. Consequently there appears to be no valid basis for including sharia in our multicultural context.

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  • Speaker: An attempt at demystifying Sharia,

    My take on your story of Arafat implying a tolerance of women not wearing headscarf: he was being coy, to avoid elimination by a fundamentalist zealot.

    Does sharia have a rule that enforces the dress code on women? If so, why would we tolerate such discrimination on the basis of sex? If not, why the hell do muslim men keep enforcing it? Women here have equal rights now. That includes the right to reject any traditional rules that relegate them to second-class citizen status. Muslims who come here ought to respect our ethos and act accordingly.

    I can see the time coming when any muslim man who tries to impose the patriarchy here will have to be sent back to country of origin. It's our moral duty to protect our civil rights. So we will!

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  • Hard News: These things we must now change,

    The coalition deserves a rating of ten out of ten! The G-G signed an order-in-council at 3pm, banning semi-automatic guns & conversion accessories. Legislation will follow early next month. Our top cop then announced the procedure gun-owners must now implement to become law-abiding.

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1903/S00640/police-announce-process-to-hand-over-reclassified-mssas.htm

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  • Hard News: These things we must now change, in reply to Emma Hart,

    I empathise totally - would've done the same in your shoes. Spent my whole life conscience-driven, adopting moral stands contrary to social convention, usually as a minority of one. That why I nowadays have to criticise leftists who use hate speech while criticising rightists who do the same...

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  • Hard News: These things we must now change, in reply to Alfie,

    Good point - I was assuming they are both part of the same group but ain't necessarily so. Paul Buchanan originally referred to a cell of ten as the standard modus operandi, and the media were theorising a connection with the Chch white supremacists, but no evidence has emerged since to substantiate that eh?

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  • Hard News: These things we must now change, in reply to Alfie,

    Gosh, how arcane. Using 14 to symbolise a statement of principle is interesting, and attaching the historical code is kinda like tipping one's hat to the prophet.

    It does seem racist, but proponents would argue there's nothing wrong with valuing a future for your (ethnic) children, and prioritising security action on that basis.

    I can't see a court defining it as hate speech. Perhaps he used some in his manifesto, or on his guns, but everyone has been very careful so far to refrain from identifying any such evidence. Since public policy is nowadays meant to be evidence-based, everyone seems to be parking the implications for now...

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  • Hard News: These things we must now change, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Nazis are still a thing, then. "14.88 is a hate symbol popular with white extremists", but no explanation why. Devil is probably in the details...

    "The company's website www.BIIG.co.nz, is an acronym for the company's full name Beneficial Insulation Installs Guaranteed. BIIg was the name of a barracks at Auschwitz concentration camp". Biig on symbolism.

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  • Hard News: These things we must now change, in reply to Sacha,

    That's an excellent design. I agree it sketches mass psychology well. Not all of it of course, but it has to be selective to fulfill the agenda of the designer.

    I think it captures a considerable portion of centrists: many of those who prefer to be apolitical, who lack a moral compass, or principles.

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  • Hard News: These things we must now change, in reply to Alfie,

    Also a link there to this similar prosecution: https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/111334495/christchurch-man-arrested-for-enticing-racial-or-ethnic-hate

    If these and any similar copycat prosecutions succeed, that will establish case-law precedent - based on the actual evidence specified. That will provide a basis for describing hate speech accurately.

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  • Hard News: These things we must now change, in reply to Farmer Green,

    Well okay, but I don't see the point of having a law if everyone ignores it. Surely parliament passed the damn thing so it would be used? Or was it intended as an exercise in moral grand-standing? I agree the pc-brigade would likely be satisfied with a sham, but laws are meant to be for everyone.

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