A new age of intolerance

Protest_26_May_2016.jpgWe now live in the age of intolerance. Freedom of speech and independent thought are verboten under the progressive totalitarian agenda. I experienced it for myself in Sydney last week.

Some months ago, I agreed to speak at a function with union heavyweight Joe de Bruyn, on the subject of how conservatives can respond to the challenges to mainstream values. The event was organised by a community group that holds monthly meetings at the Occidental Hotel with a variety of guest speakers and topics. The group is polite, well-informed and represents a diversity of political allegiances.

However, their acceptance of diverse views isn’t shared by everyone.

The militant ‘rainbow diversity crowd’ heard about the event and lobbied the Occidental Hotel to cancel the reservation. Whatever they did worked, because the hapless hotel manager informed the organisers that not only would this event be cancelled but no future bookings would be allowed either because they were a ‘hate group’.

No justification for such an assertion was made nor was any excuse offered by the hotel representatives; however, it was clearly a response to an organised protest movement determined to stop the function from going ahead.

Unfortunately it worked – in part. Not only did the hotel cancel the booking but my fellow speaker made himself unavailable for the evening. The organisers were even contacted by the police amid concerns over the safety of the participants and advised to stop promoting the function due to the possibility of an ugly and potentially violent protest.

They complied with the police requests and hastily found another venue whilst using word of mouth to promote the evening. Despite the hurdles, the evening was a great success and given the circumstances, the topic of discussion focused on freedom of speech and the new age of intolerance.

Despite the event not being there, protesters still turned up at the Occidental Hotel to hurl abuse.

Although just a small example, this event provides a glimpse into our future under the new totalitarians. To them, the ends always justify the means. In the last week alone, we have seen a leftist spit in an official’s face at a local government meeting, self-declared anti-fascists attack peaceful demonstrators and public events cancelled because some don’t want others’ views to be heard.

What have we come to in this country when a backbench Member of Parliament can’t speak to a regular group of citizens at a local hotel for fear of violent repercussions? What does it say about the management of a hotel that cowers in the face of such intolerance?

Such behaviour is the product of a growing militancy amongst the left. Whether it be boycotts on the basis of race, curtailing freedom of speech or violence in response to other views, the evidence of the real problem is abundantly clear.

The choice for all of us is to decide whether we are prepared to meekly accept this imposition on our own freedoms or whether we are prepared to make our own stand. If you choose to do the latter, you can make a start by getting in touch with the Occidental Hotel and letting them know how they have fed the insatiable appetite of the new totalitarians.

You can contact them on (02) 9299 2531.

 

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  • commented 2016-07-20 19:13:37 +0930
    Does you dog look at you differently? As it seems that it is mainly you that keeps bringing up man/dog love.
  • commented 2016-06-23 13:08:11 +0930
    So I guess we can add the right of peaceful protest to the list of things you’re against.
  • commented 2016-06-07 02:22:23 +0930
    You are intolerant & offensive to many Australiana & then u wonder why you are not welcome. Maybe you should re-read your bible because I think either u r missing Jesus’s message of tolerance to all not justo people un your own image
  • commented 2016-06-05 11:58:18 +0930
    So funny to watch you delete any comment I have made on your facebook account. None have been offensive or contained any bad language. All have demonstrated you to be a bare faced liar, demonstrated your vile duplicity and or the flawed logic you foist apon your gullable followers. Bwahahaha. Very enthusiastic censorship from a freedom of speech advocate. Hardly surprising though.
  • commented 2016-06-04 21:00:51 +0930
    As some one who does support SSM – a “regressive lefty” – I find these protests are atrocious and shameful. Some people just don’t know where to stop. There is no reason why we should not be allowed to express our varied political beliefs in a calm and respectful manner.
  • commented 2016-06-03 21:25:23 +0930
    Well, Cory I am incensed with these low life rainbow terrorists dragging our Country into the sewers.
    They have ruined the rainbow for me as now I can’t stand the word or image, I learned recently that the ‘swastika’ used to be a good term before its use in ww2.
    The word gay has also been ruined for me along with rainbows. I would say rainbows are the new ‘swastikas’ of our times, so maybe the gays and rainbow terrorists causing trouble for well meaning honorable politicians and citizens should show their true colours and fly rainbow swastikas?
    The fact the greens align themselves with these groups is sickening. Bill
  • commented 2016-06-03 00:21:26 +0930
    Wrong Phil. If the pub is prepared to listen to those perverted freaks and shut us down, thy are part of the enemy. Until we can out troll the left, we will keep losing. This is a street fight, not Queensbury rules. Have you noticed how “not sinking to their level”, in the unspoken but naiive hope that there is some silent but all-powerful “umpire” of decency out there who would reward us for doing so, has utterly failed.
  • commented 2016-06-02 18:21:13 +0930
    Absolutely agree with you, Mr. Bernardi! Leftists are terribly intolerant, but make others guilty in intolerance. Hiding yourselves under guise of “freedom” and “diversity”, leftists push Australia to become leftist totalitarian country. I am looking forward to the time, you, Mr. Bernardi, become the leader of Conservatory Party of Australia, in order to join it and fight this leftist totalitarianism.
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  • commented 2016-06-01 13:37:23 +0930
    Hardly what you would call “free thinkers”. The progressive left are rapidly becoming the regressive left. What ever happened to their libertarian values? It seems that if you don’t want to join their cause, they will definitely want to hurt you either physically, legally or financially. In their world, you are not allowed to think for yourself – you must think with the group.
  • commented 2016-06-01 12:58:41 +0930
    Cory I don’t think that harassing the owners of a business is going to help matters. They have a great deal to lose if they make the wrong decision. No doubt they regret what they did, but it may have seemed to them to have been the most responsible decision at the time. After all, how can a hopsitality business live under the threat of being victimised by hate laws? This is how it works. They shut everything down either by force of law or by threat of the force of law. You can’t blame the victims.