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What happened to sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me?

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Some old duffer sends a Queensland MP an email and the office girl is so upset that he is charged with criminal behaviour that could see him jailed for up to three years.
Was it a bomb threat?
Was it a death threat?
The judge, fortunately, is sane and rules that the email would not be offensive to a reasonable person.
Premier Bligh disagrees with the judge, finding the language of the email highly offensive stating I don't think that kind of language has any place in modern Australia."
Who are these puritans, these self-styled moral arbiters who would put an old man in jail for using words that they deem criminal?
Why not just return his email stating why they consider it offensive and advising him that he wont receive a reply until he complies?
Why not just reply to him, expressing regret at his choice of language?
I believe that the plaintiffs and their apologists, not the old duffer, represent the real threat to Australia. .

http://www.mygc.com.au/article/news/local-newsroom/29553-race-hate-words-not-offensive-to-reasonable-people.php
Posted by Proxy, Tuesday, 10 August 2010 7:26:57 PM
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The judge is wrong that these words are not offensive.
But having said that being offensive is not a crime.
Posted by mikk, Tuesday, 10 August 2010 9:49:34 PM
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Dear Proxy,

I read the link that you've provided,
perhaps you should have read it in full
as well. When I clicked onto the full
story given in, "The Bulletin," it seems
that the retiree, 62 year old Dennis
Mulheron of Labrador has sent repeated
faxes to the Broawater MP Peta-Kaye Croft,
complaining about immigration. He pleaded
guilty in 2006 to sending a personally
abusive fax to Ms Croft. The man obviously
has a serious problem.

I therefore would question his lack of knowledge,
he states that he wasn't aware that his language
was offensive, considering his record of abuse
in past faxes,
and pleading guilty in court in 2006.

Continually sending faxes to the Labor Party
telling them to tighten immigration laws
against "n"ggers," "sandn"gger terrorists,"
and Muslim women with circumcised genitals
shows full awareness of what he's doing,
unless of course he's totally paranoid,
ignorant, stupid, or all of the above.

He would have been told about the language
regarding his faxes in the past. It seems to
have had no effect on him. I think he's a very
lucky man that he got off so easily in this
case. Especially, since he's a repeat offender.

There are many terms which reflect the feelings
of superiority of some people over others.
However, words such as "n"gger," "bo"ng,"
"d"go," "w"g," these outmoded words are no longer
acceptable to most people.
Posted by Foxy, Tuesday, 10 August 2010 10:08:59 PM
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cont'd ...

These words were not even acceptable on
this Forum. When I had typed them in full,
I was told to:

"remove the profanity!"

With which I had to comply.
Posted by Foxy, Tuesday, 10 August 2010 10:13:18 PM
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I agree Foxy. This guy (at 62, I wouldn't call him an 'old duffer')
obviously has some problems with people different from himself.

He knew exactly what he was saying, and that it would cause offence, because he had already been in trouble for it!

The staff at this office did the right thing in reporting him to the police.
Obviously, the police were sufficiently alarmed to pursue him in the courts.

Proxy would also know all this, as I am sure he did read the whole story.
This nasty man should have been jailed, as far as I am concerned
Posted by suzeonline, Wednesday, 11 August 2010 12:15:30 AM
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Well put foxy and suzeonline.
However zero intent to harm or hurt I found soon after proxy started posting his/her views are ones I can not share.even understand most times
Other threads speak of such letters from such people and I think he should serve a short term in prison or another place for this if it happens again.
Proxy you have every right to your views as I have every right to avoid you.
Posted by Belly, Wednesday, 11 August 2010 6:25:43 AM
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