Jesus, the Censor and SPCS are all C**TS

14 July 2008 12:50:00

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Free Speech
 
Jesus, the Censor and SPCS are all C**TS
 
Libertarianz spokesman Richard McGrath ripped into chief censor Bill Hastings today, saying his ban on the Cradle of Filth T-shirt is just the latest example of Nanny State poking its nose where it doesn't belong. He equates it with the 2006 banning of a T-shirt in two American states that read 'Bush Lied: They Died'.

 
"The New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 clearly says in Section 14:  Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, including the freedom to [impart] information and opinions of any kind in any form."

 
"As distasteful as it may seem, the government's job is to uphold people's right to behave offensively, as long as no-one or their property are damaged. If the T-shirt in question is to banned, then so should all items of clothing depicting Che Guevara, who was a psychopathic mass murderer; or Helen Clark, who is the leader of a gang of thieves who stole money from the taxpayer and only gave it back when the Libertarianz leader Bernard Darnton launched a High Court action."

 
"Bill Hastings, and the Society for the Promotion of Community Standards, need to realise that freedom of speech means the freedom to offend. Sometimes offence is caused inadvertently, sometimes by design. But there is no right to go through life and never be offended. No matter what a person does, he or she might cause offence to someone else. That's life."

 
"In order to defend liberty, we need to tolerate the fact that even the lowest forms of human life enjoy the same rights as everyone else," Dr McGrath added.

 
"If Mr Hastings and the SPCS want to avoid being offended by the Cradle of Filth T-shirt, they should push for privatisation of our roads and streets. Ownership of an asset means being able to decide who can use it.

 
"The SPCS could rightfully ban people from wearing the T-shirt in question on its property, and Libertarianz would staunchly defend their right to do this."

 
Dr McGrath said he is working with a local graphic artist to design a T-shirt based on the Cradle of Filth version, which would feature a nun extending a raised middle finger (to Mr Hastings and the SPCS) on the front, and the words 'Jesus is a cult' on the back. It would be used to promote freedom of speech and expression, a freedom which, Dr McGrath says, "Mr Hastings is clearly incapable of defending."

"It's enough to make you vote Libertarianz!"

 
ENDS

For more information contact:

Dr Richard McGrath
Libertarianz Spokesman
MB ChB DipObst PGCertTravMed
Phone: 027 322 2907
Email: richard.mcgrath@libertarianz.org.nz

Libertarianz: More Freedom, Less Government
www.libertarianz.org.nz