Are we there yet?

Sally calls it ‘grief porn’. It is the state we have achieved here in New Zealand when everything has gone so far over the top, it has become ridiculous. Yes, we are so sorry that some nutter went on a rampage in Christchurch, killing 50 people. Yes, we are horrified that it happened when they were at prayer. But why, in one of the most tolerant countries in the world, do we have to prostrate ourselves?

Why are we throwing ourselves to the dogs? Why suddenly is everything ‘hate speech’ or banned by the chief censor? Why has Jordan Peterson’s self-help book, which has helped so many people turn their lives around, been banned by Whitcoulls? Why, on Friday, did Samantha Hayes read the news in a hijab? Does no one realise that this is a symbol of subjugation of women? When is this madness going to stop? Is it ever going to stop?

Katie Hopkins agrees with me.

The hypocrisy is breathtaking, but many supposedly intelligent women do not see it as hypocrisy. You cannot don a hijab, which is a symbol of male dominance over women, and clam to be a feminist. Jacinda is simply prostrating herself, succumbing to the ideology of Islam. So is Toni Street and Samantha Hayes. These women have been enormously successful because they live in a country that gives equal opportunity to women. Why are they throwing it all away? Do they not see the irony in all of this?

Do these ladies not realise that this is what they are supporting? quote.

The sentencing of prominent Iranian human rights lawyer and women?s rights defender Nasrin Sotoudeh to 33 years in prison and 148 lashes in a new case against her is an outrageous injustice, said Amnesty International today.  

Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested at her home on 13 June 2018. This week, she was informed by the office for the implementation of sentences in Tehran?s Evin prison where she is jailed that she had been convicted on seven charges and sentenced to 33 years in prison and 148 lashes. The charges, which are in response to her peaceful human rights work, include ?inciting corruption and prostitution?, ?openly committing a sinful act by… appearing in public without a hijab? and ?disrupting public order?. 

?Nasrin Sotoudeh has dedicated her life to defending women?s rights and speaking out against the death penalty – it is utterly outrageous that Iran?s authorities are punishing her for her human rights work. Her conviction and sentence consolidate Iran?s reputation as a cruel oppressor of women?s rights.?

Amnesty international. end quote.

Still think it is cool to wear a hijab, ladies? Really? Shouldn’t you be standing with your Iranian sister who actually puts herself at risk to gain rights for women in Islamic countries? Rights that you already enjoy?

I am sickened by the lot of you.

Here was the cover of The Press yesterday.

Are we about to sacrifice all the freedoms that we have, of religion, of speech (such as they are these days), of association because one nutcase ran amok in a mosque?

This is not just grief porn. It is an attack on everything we stand for.

Please tell me this will be over sometime soon.

Are we there yet?