Friday, February 10, 2006

How is this offensive?

The RU486 abortion pill debate has raised a few tempers and stirred up the senate. A Greens senator decided to wear a T-shirt that John Howard has labelled as offensive...

THE rosaries-ovaries T-shirt warn by an Australian Greens senator was deeply offensive to Catholics, Prime Minister John Howard said today.

Australian Greens Senator Kerry Nettle wore the "keep your rosaries off my ovaries" T-shirt earlier this week as the Senate started its emotion charged debate over who should control the abortion drug RU486.

The T-shirt was sponsored by the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA).

Mr Howard today said the message was offensive to Catholics across the country.

"I think that was deeply offensive to many Australian Catholics," he told Southern Cross Broadcasting.

He said the Greens were sneering at a religious practice and journalists encouraged it.

"The Greens Party can practically sneer at Catholic devotional practice and think it's funny and to see some journalists standing around grinning as if the whole thing's a joke," he said.

Here is a picture of the so called 'offensive' T-shirt:


How is that offensive? My take on the message is that one person's personal religious beliefs should have no bearing on setting laws for the whole nation, only a small number of whom share the same religion.

"The Greens Party can practically sneer at Catholic devotional practice and think it's funny and to see some journalists standing around grinning as if the whole thing's a joke," he said.

Hey John, I thought it was pretty funny too, are you going to label me 'un-Australian' now?

"It's an expression of free speech and just as I don't believe there should be a law making it a criminal offence to burn the Australian flag ... I'm not trying to stop Senator Nettle doing something like that.

"But I'm expressing the view that it's deeply offensive.

"And it's the kind of silly undergraduate contribution to this debate which is regrettable but that's democracy."

Is there a hidden agenda to the PM's comments here? If I was a person who liked conspiracies, I might think that John Howard is starting his push to restrict free speech. Makes sense cos he seems to get pissed off when people say what they think about him and his governments fairly crappy handling of a few issues. AWB anyone? Children overboard anyone?

Rosaries T-shirt offensive: PM - NEWS.com.au

1 comment:

James said...

Yep it's a Liberal offensive to restrict free speech.... yeah right... Howard probably saw it as a good time to get one back for the "majority" religion in Australia (as in Christianity not Catholicism) against the Muslim cries of being offended by everything... If I was in Howard's position I'd have made a similar comment and hoped that some Muslims piped up about finding something else offensive...

Then he could serve them a big plate of "shut the fsck up" because noone cares about offending the sensibilities of a more dominant religion noone should give a damn about offending a "minor" one...

end soapbox rant...