Monday, July 17, 2006

I read today that a court in The Netherlands refused to ban a political party whose sole goal is to lower the age of consent from 16 to 12.

The judge was quoted as saying, "Freedom of expression, freedom ... of association, including the freedom to set up a political party, can be seen as the basis for a democratic society...These freedoms give citizens the opportunity to, for example, use a political party to appeal for change to the constitution, law, or policy." I say bravo.

Pedophilia is a sickness, and one of the three men in the party is a convicted child molester. Repellent, no? So what are people afraid of? That if it's not banned people will suddenly sit up and decide it's okay to have sex with children? Please. Or do they think, like the opponents who brought it before the court, that children have the right to not be confronted with the party's platform? Why not take this opportunity to talk to your children about an issue that concerns them to a very large degree and that will not go away?

Most disturbing to me is that if they banned the party, what I think would be more likely to occur is that instead of letting our natural inclinations toward right and wrong, and the nurturing of our human need for debate and discourse, flourish, more and more people would need hand-holding just to decide between vanilla and chocolate ice cream. And soon after that you can forget about discussing anything intelligently that involves issues that require critical thinking. I am really getting tired of the dumbing down of society to the point where we aren't trusted to think and make choices for ourselves. We as a world are becoming so reactionary. By attempting to ban this, it is a blow to not only democracy, but to human intelligence.

As said by British journalist Gary Younge, there is a huge difference between recognizing the Ku Klux Klan's right to march, and marching yourself.

(Yes, yes, I know some might think this flies in the face of my previous posts about art and my bitching about why artists don't use their more obvious political connotations in their art to make a political statement, in that people should be able to find their own meanings in art and not have it dictated for them. Okay, you got me. But just a little bit.)

NP: David J's first solo album after splitting from Bauhaus, Etiquette of Violence. One of the records that I will have buried with me, serious yo.

Uh-oh, now the words "pedophilia" "Ku Klux Klan" and "David J" will have a special little party together in Google's dark heart. Sorry Dave, but you've got to know it's funny too.


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