Hey, good to see Russell bring this up on Good Morning this morning! Too often Journo's get away with shoddy reporting.
(Not paid enough to be credible!? Now that's a statement about the decline of old media.)
I'm disappointed not to see many nutty(?) assertions in this thread!
* More queers are better than hets as parents, because they have to choose to have sproglets - it's hard to have "accidents". So if right-wing Christians were truly concerned about child welfare, they would encourage more gays to have children or adopt.
* Anyone who talks about "survival of the fittest" or states that Group X (of which they are a member) is "superior" ought to be given a pocket knife and a mirror and dropped alone into the Siberian tundra. We'll give the body a decent burial in a couple of weeks.
* Anyone who says that "guns don't kill people, people kill people" should try giving them to people who've been institutionalised for mental health disorders. If this doesn't seem like a good idea, it might be good to reflect on the number of undiagnosed people wandering the streets, or those who have been released into "community care".
* It's Australians who have been assimilated by the Borg. Seriously, who else would keep voting for Howard?
These statements to be taken with more or less grains of salt - I'll let the reader decide what amounts are appropriate.
"There are some core responsibilities that you have chosen to buy into - they are, freedom, tolerance, democracy, equal rights."
Surely an obligation to "buy into" these "responsibilities" negates one of them - "democracy". In a democracy I have the right to hold any opinion, including the view that democracy (or freedom, tolerance and equal rights) is a bad idea.
And if these "responsibilities" only apply to naturalised citizens, then bang goes another - "equal rights".
I prefer the idea that we live in a state governed by laws. Everyone's responsibilities are limited to obeying those laws - which are mostly the same for a citizen of 800 years ancestry, or a passenger in transit at Auckland Airport. Both are *not* allowed to twoc the duty frees, but *are* allowed to argue peacefully for NZ to become a dictatorship of the proletariat / theocracy / feudal state.
Forget the major organised religions. There is an insidious form of ethics creeping into the country via badly made websites and poorly written historical tracts. It makes no promises, it swears allegiance to no god. Worst of all, it's italian. sort of.
Epicurianism is on the rise. It is a subversive & salacious philosophy believed only by godless bastards. Not only that, but most people think it's something to do with that chef on TV. Ramsay, I think. And eating snails. In such a disingenuous fashion is it gaining a foothold in our society.
You want sensational? You want to pick on minorities? Man, you gotta find the real threats.