November 6, 2013
IT IS getting harder to cop moral lectures. I mean, have our moral "betters" ever been this savage?
For instance, once you might have thought a "human rights" lawyer just wanted people to be nicer to each other. But then comes Julian Burnside, the best-known of them, urging children to spit on Immigration Minister Scott Morrison.
Tweeted Burnside: "I hope little children stop him in the street and spit on his shoes."
I note Burnside refuses to set the children an example. He neither urges them to act in a civil way, nor takes the lead in spitting on a government minister.
He lacks conviction or lacks guts, urging children to do what he dares not.
How often it turns out that the greatest demands for tolerance come from the intolerant.
Take Dan Savage, a gay activist on the ABC's Q&A on Monday who demands more tolerance for gays, but showed little himself.
"You are full of s---," he told one panellist and heckled: "I give a wicked blow job."
Asked to nominate a "dangerous idea ... to change the world for the better", he suggested "abortion should be mandatory for about 30 years".
Same twist with The Age. It denounced signs calling Labor Prime Minister Julia Gillard a "witch", but when former
Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died ran a big picture on its website of a sign jeering, "The bitch is dead".
The Age has even now promoted T-shirts printed by one of its columnists with the slogan "F--- Abbott."
You see, with tribalists it's not the principle that counts, but the side.
I can understand such abuse from desperate attention seekers. When Catherine Deveny, an ABC favourite, tweeted that she hoped her former Age editor developed "a-----e cancer" I knew she needed to sell tickets to her shows.
Miranda Devine: "THE sneering foulness of the Left is bubbling up like overflow from an unblocked sewer at the realisation the Abbott government is here to stay."
But we pay the ABC more than $1 billion, so it could set the moral standard, not trawl the meanest streets for cheap tricks.
Yet we've seen ABC TV even show a picture of a conservative critic doctored to make him look as if he was having sex with a dog.
The journalists' union is no better. To present the finalists of its Walkley Awards, allegedly to honour the noblest journalism, it hired two presenters who had tweeted about Abbott performing sex acts, including with an animal.
The crude rule. And it's not OK.