Two friends of mine are being harassed by the government. Both men have criticised the more lurid aspects of LGBTQ+ culture and both men have been slapped with a summons for ‘offending’ exponents of that culture.
Exponent A is one Diamond Good-Rim, host of Drag Queen Story Time for kiddies at Brisbane City Council libraries. ‘Rim’ refers, of course, to the anus and ‘good’ affirms its homosexual utility. ‘Diamond’ might refer to the big diamond ring adorning the long sculptured penis on this Drag Queen’s Facebook page. Facebook might be exactly the place kids will visit to learn more about their colourful entertainer. And once there, they will see (besides bejewelled bollocks) that Diamond also entertains adults – indeed, as the queen of porn: winner of the 2019 Adult Entertainment Industry XAward, Drag Queen/King category.
Friend A is one Lyle Shelton, who headed the No case on same-sex marriage and exposed the background of Diamond Good-Rim and another drag queen story teller, Queeny, at his blog in January. Lyle gave his opinion about Brisbane City Council inviting an anally-eponymous penis-posting porn star and a cross-dressing woman seeking double mastectomy to address school children: he opined that they are ‘dangerous role models for children’.
For that word ‘dangerous’, Lyle is being dragged by the queens before the Queensland cadre of the Thought Police for alleged trans-vilification. The Anti-Discrimination Commission has scheduled compulsory conciliation for 13 August in Room 101. Mr Shelton refers to said Commission as a kangaroo court, which is an insolent smear of an honest marsupial, and writes in his recent blogpost: ‘I will not be apologising. I will not be taking my blog down. I will not amend it.’
Lyle acknowledges that his recalcitrance means the Commission can hand him over to the Tribunal who can issue a fine and send him to re-education camp; when he refuses, they can hand him over to Her Majesty’s jailer. At which point, we will need to crowd-fund Lyle’s case to the High Court to see if their Honours think government agencies should be used by activists to intimidate a conservative’s constitutional freedom of political communication.
For it is always and only conservatives who are targeted under our ‘offence’ laws. That is due to the cunning bias of laws that forbid the causing of offence on matters sexual: progressives are sexually permissive and say no to nothing, so they never cause offence; conservatives hold to traditional values and must say no to some things sexual, so they always cause offence.
The genius of the anti-discrimination apparatus is that it appears neutral but only censors conservatives.
Friend B is another conservative, former Major Bernie Gaynor, a veritable Gimli who has plied his dwarvish axe upon not one but 37 worthless complaints over seven years from the one gay activist, beheading 33 of these filthy orcses with just four still to be dealt with. He has won at the High Court, exposing the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board as operating outside the law in their persecution of him — but still the Board continues to accept complaints from the same activist.
Which is more shocking? That a Brisbane father has had to sell his home and use all his assets to fight, and win, against a vexatious litigant who has sent numerous emails wishing ruin on him and his family? Or that a government agency responsible for impartial justice has instead, by unlawful means, aided and abetted this attempted ruining of a decent man? Or that nothing has been done by the ruling Liberal-National coalition in New South Wales to stop this shameful abuse of process?
It has taken an outsider politician of rare principle to do something about this scandal. Mark Latham, head of One Nation in NSW, has tabled a bill that would require the NSW Board to throw out vexatious complaints at the outset, not after the accused has been ground through their mill.
Why has there been no word of support for Latham’s bill from the NSW Attorney-General? Every libertarian instinct should be revulsed by laws that allow one citizen to set wave upon wave of government lawyers onto another citizen for feeling ‘offended’.
I have a dream, my friends, that my children will one day live in a nation where they hear a Coalition prime minister declare: ‘Being offended is part of the price of freedom. Hearing things that offend is unavoidable in a society that governs itself by free argument, not by guns. Therefore, fellow citizens, take offence in your stride as part of your civic duty — or go live in a nice totalitarian society like China where there is no offence because thought and argument has been crushed into a soulless, offenceless pulp.’ And then my children will see the Coalition abolish Labor’s ‘human rights’ apparatus that exists solely to suppress the human rights of freedom of thought, free speech and freedom of conscience.
Could that be achieved in this generation? In 2011, I took a motion to the LNP convention in Queensland, just a month after I had been taken to the Anti-Discrimination Commission by a vexatious gay activist under Section 124A of the state law, equivalent to s.18C of the federal law. The motion was strongly supported: ‘That the LNP repeal or amend s.124A of the Anti-Discrimination Act to prevent its misuse in suppressing free argument on matters of public importance.’
That became party policy, but when the LNP came to power, Premier Campbell Newman did nothing about s.124A. Is there no effective treatment for the cultural impotence of our conservative politics? Is it caused by sitting too long on the fence?
Repeal these state and federal laws along with their commissions and they will be found to have been unnecessary as well as unworthy. Where free speech strays into personal attack we already have laws against defamation and, ultimately, against incitement to violence. That is enough. Free speech, which means free argument, cannot be otherwise constrained without unmanning us as a free society.
Coalition MPs, please get off the fence.
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