- Russell Blackford
- Australian philosopher, literary critic, legal scholar, and professional writer. Based in Newcastle, NSW. My latest books are THE TYRANNY OF OPINION: CONFORMITY AND THE FUTURE OF LIBERALISM (2019) and AT THE DAWN OF A GREAT TRANSITION: THE QUESTION OF RADICAL ENHANCEMENT (2021).
Friday, October 08, 2010
Morag Zwartz needs to get a life
I have news for you, Ms Zwartz. I find it offensive that your brand of narrow-minded claptrap, seeking that certain kinds of things not be said, or not be said in certain ways that might - oh dear! - upset the religious, can get published. I'm especially offended to see such material in a high profile outlet such as The National Times. It's offensive to me that rants such as yours can always seem to find a platform ... as long as they are written to promote or defend the ever-so-delicate moral sensibilities of the religious. Well done, though: once again, you've demonstrated the sinister aspect of religion, which will so often object to certain things even being said as and when it can.
I don't, however, ask in return that you be censored. You should be free to say such meritless and offensive things, and even to receive payment, as long as you can find a platform. Mere offensiveness to me or to you or to anyone else is not a basis on which any of us should be shut up. You should be free to offend my sensibilities with your nonsense ... just as I am free to poke fun at you for your evident priggishness, sanctimony, self-righteous moralism, and shameless sense of entitlement.
The bottom line, my friends, is that Morag Zwartz should get a life. Not necessarily a double life - just a life. Any sort of life.