All thinking people in Aotearoa are going to be subject to examination by the new Anti-Free Speech Tsar, writes C B Ruthe.
(The Centre of Research Excellence for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism, He Whenua Taurikura, was officially launched this month by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Ms Ardern said the centre Implements all of the recommendations of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch and is a priority for the Government).
But, says Ruthe, this is a new bureaucracy.
‘It is directly answerable to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
‘The Centre will tell the Government what needs to be done to prevent and counter any ideas that it labels violent extremism. It will promote ‘social cohesion.
‘It bears striking similarities to the infamous Spanish Inquisition.’
Its user-friendly name
Ruthe says the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith ( initiaqted in 1478) covered up cruel attempts to change people’s thinking. It had to root out and punish heresy.
It was responsible for safeguarding the doctrine on faith and morals.
“One can detect echoes with the name Centre of Research Excellence for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism.
‘Social cohesion is not defined. Just as heresy was not defined in the Inquisition
‘However, it is clear from who has been appointed to direct this Orwellian edifice that
anyone who disagrees with the Government and its policies, or who challenges any of the principles of Wokeness are going to be prime targets.’
Professor Joanna Kidman
Professor Joanna Kidman of Victoria University has been appointed as co-director to set the
standards of what is considered to be ‘social cohesion’. Her expertise is in indigenous
sociology and decolonisation studies
In giving her first speech upon her appointment she said ‘In our own communities we’ve seen the rise of groups that carry messages of hate and destruction.’
But Ruthe argues: ‘Who does she consider the groups that carry messages of hate and destruction?
‘Certainly not Black Power or other gangs. Rather she identifies people who think
differently from what she considers to be the truth and does not bother with
intellectually challenging so called ‘bad thoughts’.
‘Rather she goes for the jugular in what some may consider a rather aggressive way.
‘Kidman denounced the seven leading scientists who had written in a piece in the NZ
Listener suggesting that while indigenous knowledge (Mātauranga Māori) is a
tohunga of great value it does not fit within what is universally understood to be
science and the scientific method.
‘As a result of the letter of condemnation signed by Kidman and others the Royal Society charged three of the scientists with disgraceful conduct.
‘It was only because a number of the world’s leading scientists called this an outrage against science that the charges dropped.
‘The scientists and professors were subject to vitriolic attacks and harassment for
months but Kidman clearly does not consider this was because of messages of hate.
The Free Speech Union
‘The Free Speech Union, a think tank concerned with promoting academic freedom
and free speech has already been placed on Prof Kidman’s eradication list with her
sending various messages denigrating this group.
‘The new academic research unit ( Centre for Promoting Research Excellence )will advise the Government on how to clamp down on free speech and restrict civil liberties by simply identifying those who disagree with Government policy as being a destructive force in New Zealand and being an impediment to the undefined social cohesion .
‘Whatever happened to the multicultural pluralistic society NZ claimed to be?’
C B Ruthe