Brazil votes to criminalize homophobia. Political correctness threatens freedom of expression & research

The Brazilian congress is about to vote the criminalization of homophobia.("O Globo" newspaper Friday May 13th).  Religious parties and churches oppose the law, because priests preaching against homosexuality would face arrest for the crime of homophobia. The proposed law was amended to exempt priests preaching while inside churches. In other words, anyone outside a church can not voice any negative opinion about homosexuality.

Brazil already has anti-discrimination laws favoring gays (in addition laws against racism, religious discrimination, etc.).  Business owners, or building managers, who disallowed public display gay deep French kissing face arrest and fines, except if they could prove they also had a history of disallowing heterosexual kissing. Hotels must not discriminate against gay couples. This law would further strengthen existing anti-discrimination laws and impose stiff jail sentences.

This attempt at passing laws criminalizing homophobia comes right after the Brazilian Supreme Court, in a rare unanimous vote, decided to take lawmaking it its own hand and declared that homosexual couples have the same rights as heterosexual couples on all issues.  For example, inheritance, joint tax declarations, joint health insurance, common law marriage, right to property acquired during cohabitation, etc. Some minor doubts remain if this includes the right for gay couples to adopt children.

No free speech, nor free academic research

Historically, for anti-discrimination laws, even science is not a valid  excuse: the book "The Bell Curve" was prohibited in Brazil because of the crime of racism, due to long existing laws against racism. The US is not much better, then president Clinton condemned the book, admittedly without having read it. But in the US nobody will be arrested and jailed for research on racial differences (they will just be harassed).

It is interesting to note that Brazil’s and Rio’s officials fought to win the title "best gay destination in the world" but are vigorously opposed to "sexual tourism", meaning heterosexual males in search of sex with Brazilian women.

The slippery slope from protecting against violence to policing words, thoughts and research

Political correctness started as a well meant attempt to correct legitimate grievances, like violence against homosexuals or other races (especially Blacks) and religion (especially Muslim), and gender discrimination (harassment). The next step, still defensible, punishes hate speech meant to directly and immediately incite violence.

So the initial intent was to outlaw "Kill blacks", "exterminate Jews", "beat faggots" speech. But that soon led to stifling thoughts and speech that hurts the sensitive of protected minorities.

It is a serious restriction to freedom of speech, freedom of thought, freedom of research to extend these anti-violence codes to

  • people who tell their kids not to become homosexual or
  • scholarly researcher’s writings about racial differences in IQ and criminality.
  • people who warn to avoid parts of town because they are more dangerous (and predominantly black)

Homophobic jokes, Racist speech, racist jokes, can get people arrested and jailed.

Geert Wilders in court for offending Muslims (who threaten his life and already killed Theo van Gogh)

Almost everything that can be said is offensive to some protected group, or actually constitutes a crime: our society suffers from overcriminalization.

Public speech, commercial advertising, is very difficult, because it is easy to offend some group, be it Blacks, Indians, women, obese, handicapped, nurses, any group whatsoever. Maybe with the exception of white males that can be bashed at will for allegedly not pertaining to a protected disadvantaged minority.

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Rio de Janeiro School Gunman Serial Killer Blames Bullying, Praises Casey Hines’ Bully Body Slam

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Wellington Menezes de Oliveira, gunman killer that killed 12 students last week in Rio de Janeiro, left videos where he says he is taking revenge for having been bullied and for all other bullying victims.

Human-Stupidity does not defend serial killers. But, everyone should have a right to physical safety. Physical abuse like being dumped into garbage cans, dunked into toilets, or getting tripped, punched, glasses broken clearly needs to be prevented.

These behaviors are clearly criminal and would carry jail sentences if perpetrated among adults and tried in court. Of course, they are another example that violent crime, and crime against males, does not get the same legal and press attention as sex crimes (or criminalized normal consensual sexual behavior).

In My 12 year old daughter brutally attacked by refugee boys at school. we quoted specialists saying that an essential element in bullying prevention is the interference of the silent majority, who should stop and discourage bully behavior.

Photo and Video Gallery with Wellington Menezes de Oliveira, gunman school killer talking about himself having been bullied.

"The fight that many brothers in the past have died for and that I will die for is not exclusively because of what is known as bullying. Our fight is against cruel, cowardly people who take advantage of kindness, innocence and weakness of people unable to defend themselves," he said. http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/americas/04/13/brazil.school.shooting/

gunman-school-killer-wellington-menezesHe praises some other serial killers, but also a just slightly violent Casey Hines, a boy that violently body-slammed a school mate after getting punched the fourth time in a row and whose video went viral (see below).

A Brazilian gunman who shot dead 12 children at his former school in Rio de Janeiro last week before killing himself was motivated by bullying, letters he wrote have revealed.

The messages left by Wellington Menezes de Oliveira, 23, were released by police along with videos and photos.

In them, he praises a US student who killed 32 people in 2007, calling him his "brother".

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Alexandra Wallace: "Asians in the Library". Political correctness hysteria

A private rant complaining about "hordes of Asians" chatting on cell phones in the University Library yielded a huge outcry by the political correctness police in press and University politics. The Alexandra Wallace was threatened with disciplinary action, and received death threats. The political correctness hordes are dangerous! Everyone has to step on eggshells and think carefully before uttering a sentence. Free speech be damned.

One lone blog defends the right to think and speak (UCLA Vilifies White Student For Thought Crime | Vdare)

  • In the politically correct outrage, nobody cares about what she said.
    • Do Asians have a tendency to talk in the college library? Why do library officials not interfere? After all, she is not complaining about breach of a formality (like wearing a turban) but rather about noise that objectively disturbs the ability to study. Is the library at fault not to take up disciplinary action for distubance of peace in library? Any sociologist or political scientist up to watching behavior at the library and doing an unbiased test of her contention? And even her observations are wrong, so what?
    • Do Asians tend to have the entire large family visit them on the weekends to cook and wash their laundry? This is an interesting observation. Again, even if she is wrong, why disciplinary threats and threats of violence against her.
  • Hate laws are problemetic restrictions to constitutionally guaranteed free speech. Initially they served a fairly noble cause, they were meant to prevent incitement of violence, lynching mob incitation and Adolf Hitler style rhetoric to beat up and kill Jews.  But being extended to any harmless uttering of a blonde student. failing to carefully select politically correct wording is troubling.
  • She was actually pretty careful to hedge what she said. But still not enough.
  • If she were an official of government, police or the University, maybe there would be a justification for using carefully selected wording. But an average citizen being vilified for some personal opinion which most likely is factually correct?
  • Human Stupidity has examples where political correctness has serious consequences. From not scanning people at airports (body scans are "child porn") to searching old white ladies in equal frequency as young muslim men, to restriction of academic research about child sexuality and racial differences.

U.C.L.A. Student’s Video Rant Against Asians Fuels Firestorm

 

[…] In the video, Ms. Wallace complains about Asian students in the school library using their cellphones to call family members after the tsunami in Japan. At one point, she mimics people speaking an Asian language.

“The problem is these hordes of Asian people that U.C.L.A. accepts into our school every single year, which is fine,” Ms. Wallace said in the video. “But if you’re going to come to U.C.L.A., then use American manners.” (NY Times)

Alexandra Wallace: Asians in the Library | Youtube movie

On Monday, U.C.L.A.’s chancellor, Gene Block, released a statement that deemed the video “thoughtless and hurtful” and called for a more civil discourse. Officials said the university was looking into possible disciplinary action against Ms. Wallace.
(NY Times)

 

Ms. Alexandra Wallace withdraws from University after being ostracised and threatened

 

Alexandra Wallace apologizes, announces she will no longer attend UCLA | Daily Bruin

The letter comes the day UCLA announced that it will not take action against Wallace for the video.

Below is Wallace’s full letter:

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My 12 year old daughter brutally attacked by refugee boys at school.

My 12 year old daughter brutally attacked by refugee boys at school

Apparently two weeks prior to my daughter getting attacked at school, she was punched in the face by one of the boys on the bus. […]   Meanwhile she is receiving threats from these boys that they are going to “f**k up her face so she isn’t pretty anyone”.  […]

Once the principal received notification about the bus incident, he took another week to address it.  Not once was I ever notified that my daughter was assaulted on the bus.  The principal questioned my daughter and the boys that had been threatening her.  The boys were never suspended or removed from school.  Shortly after the conversation the students had with the principal, Morgan was brutally attacked.  First elbowed in the face, followed by 6 to 7 punches knocking her front teeth out and leaving her with a concussion.  It took four teachers to get one of the boys off her.

The boys are refugees brought over from Kenya and Ethiopia. […]

This incident happened on Tuesday February 15th, I have called the police department numerous times with no luck.

Girl punched in alleged bullying attack: MyFoxBOSTON.com

Note that television

  • does not mention race of attackers
  • blames facebook. Why should words justify punches?
  • carefully talks about alleged attacks (even though there were witnesses). Rape accusations without witnesses never are “alleged” rapes.

Imagine the terror at school. A child threatened by a group of guys that are a couple of years older and willing to resort to real physical violence. Cowardly ganging up against a single girl.  Imagine the effect on concentration, on studies. And all the other students that have to live in such an unhealthy, dangerous, violent environment.  That get beaten, with less press to report about it. Or kids that budge before they get beaten. Or that simply drop out of school, lose their education.

Real dangerous physical violence  is taken less seriously then virtual or lewd behavior.  Serious physical violence in our schools is not given sufficient attention. Bullying, school violence can destroy a child’s academic and professional career, psychological well being, physical health. Knocked out teeth are hard facts, undeniable long term injury.

The most important human right is physical safety. It is the most important obligation of government, school, parents to provide an environment of physical safety for children alike.

Real bone and tooth breaking violence is relegated to the back burner, while all the might of our justice system is busy fighting virtual cyberbullying, possession of photos, sexting and consensual teenage sexual behavior.

Instead or paying extreme attention to real crime and real violence, we obsess about consensual teenage sexuality, virtual cyberbullying, cyberstalking, a rape epidemic that can never be shown to exist, possession of photos and the imaginary damage to victims due to remote watchers of photos. Our sex obsession and the manipulative language distortions geared towards criminalizing virtual crimes of looking, thinking, consensual touching (that is statutorily re-defined non-consensual).  Imagine if women’s studies would put all their energy into seeking to guarantee physical safety of our children.

This should be top priority for government, law makers, and law enforcement. Children victims of clear violence too strong to possibly resist. Under constant threat for weeks and months, not knowing when violence will strike.

NO CHILD should be afraid to get on a bus!!No child should have been beaten at all…When we were younger bullies were dealt with by the kids or by a bigger person and the principle […]

Kids need to be able to band together against bullies…even ENCOURAGED to do so!! February 26, 2011 12:22 PM

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Medical research and treament for Blacks hampered by "race does not exist" dogma

Political correctness backfires and vicitmizes Blacks: research about how to improve black health care gets attacked and repressed. If optimal medical treatment differs by race, then researchers gets attacked. After all, race does not exist and is only a construct. And it is only skin deep.

Our comments about such nonsense are at race and intelligence  and political correctness. Any forensic specialist can tell the race of a person from a few bones. (Is Race A Valid Taxonomic Construct?)

The "race does not exist dogma" and "all races are equal dogma" is an impediment to medical research and victimizes black people who are denied optimal medical treatment.

Why Racial Profiling Persists in Medical Research

Experts within the research community say a small but stubborn streak of racial profiling has long persisted in the medical literature, borne out in studies that attribute health disparities between blacks and whites not to socioeconomics or access to health care alone but also to genetic differences between the races — a concept that implies that a biological category of race exists. […]

Researchers said also that even after adjusting for patients’ socioeconomic status, the survival gap between black and white patients remained for three of the cancers studied: breast, ovarian and prostate. […]

That conclusion, critics quickly responded, was flawed. "Race is a sociological concept, not a biological category," says Otis Brawley, the chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society, who wrote an editorial accompanying the study. "But this study brings race into medicine as a biological categorization." […]

But even while Albain’s and other similar studies don’t do much to shift the prevailing medical opinion — that disparities in health are fueled mainly by socioeconomics and access to care — they remind us that antiquated and unscientific ideas about race are alive and well in medical research in America.

Source: time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1916755,00.html

Now the author is a little concerned about being seen as attacking academic research.

To be sure, no one is accusing authors like Albain of racism,

oh, really?

and people on both sides of the debate want to save lives.

as long as saving lives would not violate the racial equality dogma, of course

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Geert Wilders in court for offending Muslims (who threaten his life and already killed Theo van Gogh)

Geert Wilders is under constant death threats from Muslim Extremists and under 24 hour guard. Film maker Theo van Gogh was already ritually executed in Holland.

And now Geert Wilders is risking jail for comparing Muslims to Hitler and the Koran to “Mein Kampf”. Now that I write this I understand the analogy. His court case is a living example how Muslims march through the institutions, taking advantage of a weak and toothless democracy to gain anti-democratic dictatorial powers.

First Video: Muslims openly calling for Geert Wilders’ death.
Later movies: Geert Wilders speeches.
Now who should be in court facing a jail sentence?

Dutch MP Geert Wilders

In a clear case against free speech, Member of Parliamaent and member of Dutch government is being prosecuted by over-zealous judges – against the express will of the prosecution. In liberal Holland a leader of the 3rd largest party can not speek freely without risking jail, against the religious and political movement that is threatening his life. Imagine where the freedom of the average European is heading!

Political correctness is prohibiting offenses to Islam, like in

  • Koran burning (Fatwas ordering murder, embassy burning  etc ara much lesser crimes)
  • caricatures of the prophet (they justify murder, riots, …)
  • the example of Wim Wenders. (he is constantly threatened with murder but he, the victim, risks jail for speaking against the murders’ culture)

Political correctness is also prohibiting research and scientific arguments about race and intelligence

, or open scientific discussion about underage sex.

Discussing unpleasant truths is dangerous, gets prosecuted in many countries. Discussing muslim religion is so dangerous that even human-stupidity.com avoids to discuss muslim religion. this is a very rare exception.

The focus here is not analysis of muslim terrorism and religion, but freedom of speech for an articulate and quite moderate politician (listen to muslim preachers to see how moderate Geert Wilders is)

The human stupidity in all the above cases is:

  • pretending to be open-minded, liberal, scientific, and at the same time repress free speech, repress the truth (or at least potential truth).

Washington Times: Acquit Geert Wilders
Western countries need to defend Western civilization

Dutch member of Parliament Geert Wilders is on trial in the Netherlands for “incitement to hatred and discrimination.” His crime was daring to criticize Islam.

Wilders had been charged with the following:

  • Group defamation (article 137c of the Dutch Criminal Code).
  • Inciting hatred against people, i.e. Muslims, on account of their religion (article 137 of the Dutch Criminal Code).
  • Inciting discrimination against people, i.e. Muslims, on account of their religion (article 137d of the Dutch Criminal Code).
  • Inciting hatred against people, i.e. non-western ethnic minorities and/or Moroccans, on account of their race (article 137d of the Dutch Criminal Code).
  • Inciting discrimination against people, i.e. non-western ethnic minorities and/or Moroccans, on account of their race (article 137d of the Dutch Criminal Code).


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Cruise far away from Haiti to alleviate your guilty conscience!?

Going to a beach resort in Haiti, leaving money in the impoverished country, is “unethical”.  Feasting, overeating and being obese in neigboring Dominican Republic, or anywhere else in the world is ok.  Political correctness going overboard.

Blogs and message boards have been full of outrage and disgust at the idea of tourists frolicking in the sun while bodies pile up in Port-au-Prince and quake survivors struggle to stay alive. […]
“… How can you sit there and say, ‘Waiter, bring me a drink’ while I’m on a private beach … knowing that 100 miles away, people are dying,” Jones said.
Source: http://www.cnn.com/2010/TRAVEL/01/21/haiti.tourism.ethics/index.html

Of course, instead of talking, maybe these do-gooders should all embark to Haiti as volunteer helpers and donate all their wages to Haiti development. This would cause a positive impact.  Being obese and overeating in Paris, Los Angeles or Kansas is ok. Out of sight, out of mind.

I am so glad CNN talked to a sensible intelligent person, so I don’t need to say more:

Haiti’s plight wouldn’t improve if the cruise ships were diverted to another nearby island and pretended the disaster wasn’t happening, agreed Chris MacDonald, a senior fellow at Duke University’s Kenan Institute for Ethics and a philosophy professor at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He also writes The Business Ethics Blog.

“The cruise ships aren’t hurting anyone, in fact they’re doing some good, they’re bringing some help,” MacDonald said.

People who believe it’s disrespectful for tourists to enjoy themselves so close to a disaster zone should realize that the alternative of avoiding the area wouldn’t be more respectful, MacDonald added.

The proximity sets off our gut reactions, but it doesn’t seem to make any real moral difference, he said.

Mullis pointed out that the Dominican Republic — Haiti’s touristy neighbor on the island of Hispaniola — is also close to the disaster but is doing business as usual.

Source: http://www.cnn.com/2010/TRAVEL/01/21/haiti.tourism.ethics/index.html

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Tiger Woods a domesticated kitten (Sex Addiction treatment)

Tiger Woods can afford a Harem
Tiger Woods can afford a Harem

Tiger Woods, super-rich, super-powerful man being a man? He could have thousands of women, and only had 14 over many years? Maybe there should be an option for marriage without “fidelity” vows! Wasn’t he faithfully taking care of wife and family? Just having a little fun on the side? This is a disease?

Multiple sources confirmed to RadarOnline.com that Tiger is being treated at the clinic which features a sexual addiction program created by Dr. Patrick Carnes, who has pioneered treatment for sexually compulsive behavior.

The Enquirer broke the world exclusive story of Tiger’s five-month affair with Rachel Uchitel. After that report appeared, more than 14 women were linked to Tiger as his secret life of cheating became public.

Source:  http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2010/01/world-exclusive-photos-first-pictures-tiger-woods-sex-rehab

Poor Tiger is paying 40++ k$  for a program to make him a domesticated kitten. Why can’t poor Tiger just have fun like any rapper or basketball player? Doesn’t he devote time to his family, take excellent care of his kids?

Didn’t his wife commit acts of domestic violence against Tiger without punishment? “A double standard that excuses female violence is not “common sense” but common sexism.” http://reason.com/archives/2009/12/04/tiger-woods-and-domestic-viole

And people resenting Tiger getting special treatment,  a single room and a cleaning maid? Come on, the guy is worth almost a Billion, why can’t he pay for a maid?

Tiger is believed to have booked in for a six week Gentle Path “behaviour modification” programme designed to purge him of sex addiction.

The courses, which include “shame reduction” sessions cost around s40,000 He is having individual counselling and is not expected to attend the usual group therapy sessions.

Source: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2010/01/21/tiger-on-the-loose-115875-21983616/

I know some good “shame reduction” training. He should stand up for being an alpha man, as he is. No shame! Stand up for enjoying some extra fun with other women. What else is power, fame, and money good for? Did he suffer? Does he need treatment?

Maybe he should convert to Islam, at least this would allow him to have 4 wives. Maybe there should be an option for “open marriage” vows!

Mel Gibson, who endured one of the bigger Hollywood scandals of recent years, said the Tiger Woods affair has been blown way out of proportion — but that it wouldn’t do the golfer any good to whine about that now.

“I feel sorry for Tiger Woods,” the actor-filmmaker, 54, told Britain’s Mail on Sunday’s Live magazine. “Why are we talking about this when we’re sending 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan? … He’s being used as a diversion, and it just drives me crazy.”

Source:  http://www.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/01/11/gibson.sorry.for.woods/index.html

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