Oz: Groups Oppose Race Law Reform

Almost all major churches, the Jewish lobby, and all official bodies representing nonwhites in Australia, have ganged up to halt a proposed reform of existing race laws to remove the words “insult, offend, and humiliate” and replace them with the word “harassment.”

The seemingly minor amendment to Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 has been widely interpreted by the groups as “legalizing” the ability to issue insults, while the government has insisted that it is a strengthening of the law and of the right to free speech.

Currently, the law defines “offensive behavior because of race, color or national or ethnic origin” as unlawful if the “act is reasonably likely, in all the circumstances, to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate another person or a group of people.”

The government seeks to delete the words “insult,” “offend,” and “humiliate” and replace them with the term “harass.”

Freedom of speech advocates in Australia have campaigned for years to make the change, based on the fact that the Jewish lobby in particular has managed to get books, websites, and writers banned in that country based on subjective definitions of the word “insult.”

However, a formal alliance of nonwhite, Jewish, and church groups, united under the banner of the “Coalition to Advance Multiculturalism” (CAM), released a letter condemning the changes as “utterly shameful and at odds with the principles of multicultural Australia.”

“We will oppose this latest attempt to amend Section 18C with all the energy and resources at our collective disposal,” the CAM statement said.

According to a statement on the website of the Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV), the “Coalition to Advance Multiculturalism” consists of the following organizations: Afro-Australian Student Organization; Australasian Union of Jewish Students; Buddhist Council of Victoria; the Hindu Council of Australia; the Incubate Foundation; Islamic Council of Victoria; Jewish Community Council of Victoria; Muslim Legal Network; The Online Hate Prevention Institute; Pax Christi Australia; Sikh Interfaith Council; UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations; Uniting Church of Australia, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania; Victorian Council of Churches; and the Vietnamese Community in Australia (Vic).

Peter Wertheim, director of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, said that if “implemented, these proposals will weaken, perhaps emasculate, existing legal protections against racist hate speech.”

“They will give a free pass to ugly and damaging forms of racial vilification which do not satisfy the stringent legal criteria of harassment and intimidation. The publication of virtually any derogatory generalization about an entire community group would, of itself, be permissible,” Wertheim said.

The President of the Chinese Australian Forum, Kenrick Cheah announced that they would use the growing numbers of Chinese voters in Australia’s cities to punish the government if the changes went ahead.

“Look at the demographics of Sydney, for example,” Cheah said. “There are a lot of seats out there which have very vocal multicultural communities.

“I don’t think any multicultural communities have stood up for the changes—especially in marginal seats like Reid, Banks etc. where, it is quite important that either side harness the multicultural vote—I can’t see how this is going to help anyone get votes from those communities.”

Randa Kattan, the Arab Council Australia CEO, said the government was sending a “dangerous signal that it is OK to insult somebody” to a community “that faces the brunt of racism almost on a daily basis, if not on a minute-by-minute basis.”

The ruling Liberal Party is itself divided over the proposed changes, and the law faces hurdles in getting passed by the Senate, where there is enough opposition to deny the government a majority.

The executive director of the libertarian Institute of Public Affairs, John Roskam, warned that the definition of harassment was also “mired in uncertainty,” and accurately remarked that “only the full repeal of section 18C would preserve free speech.”

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  1. How much more proof does anyone need? ALL non-Whites are NOT on our side. This kind of legislation is so dangerous. I could easily be offended by 10-20 different things every day, if I allowed myself to be, and NONE of them would be illegal. Being offended or insulted is relative and subjective, because what offends one person most likely does not and will not offend another. The Jews don’t care one iota about other people being “offended”. This is all about keeping people from speaking out against Jews on any level. It’s the tyranny of niceness. As Thomas Paine said, “If one dares not offend, one cannot be honest.”

  2. Funny that minorities continue to offend ‘white’ Australians on a daily basis, minute by minute, second by second, yet nothing is said. None of the racial discrimination against whites goes to court or is prosecuted under S.18C. A person need only read the racist comments against Pauline Hanson or crap about ‘Invasion Day’ or Anzac Day to realise how rampant anti-Australian sentiment has become from recent migrants.

  3. I have a personal theory, based on observing the ‘Holocaustianity’ pressures by Jews, that Christianity was invented by Jews at the time of the Roman Empire, subverting and hijacking whatever nascent religious feeling there was, and replacing it with tales of Yeshua (Romanised to ‘Jesus’) by intense repetitive propaganda. In this way a Jew Trojan Horse was inserted into Rome (and also, more appropriately, into the Greek empire). You may find this explains a lot of puzzling aspects of churches, down to the present day.

  4. Out of the 16 lobby groups listed, 13 are Third World Invaders and their Jewish allies, while only 3 are either “European” or “Christian” (Pax Christi being just a leftwing Catholic lobby against nuclear weapons). All three of those list dreary Cultural Marxist codewords like “social justice”, “left”, “progressive”, or “liberal”, which are of course NOTHING TO DO WITH CHRISTIANITY, but just attempts to force Christians to change their faith to fit in with Marxist=Jewish political ideas. Some gullible Christians have been led down the garden path by this political infiltration, actively aiding the mass invasion bent on destroying Christianity, but many others have remained true to their Christian faith, so let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater.

  5. Multiculturism does not work, never will work, because all those that are for it are allowing Christians to be persecuted for failing to accept their views first and foremost. Laws have been changed to protect the non-Christian immigrants, why? I may have been born in Wales, but I’m very proud to put British in front of that, I served my country, proud to do so, and feel insulted and offended that immigrants into my country do not support its welcome by demanding their way of life is above the laws of the UK.

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