Article Title:"Gay plot" behind hate speech enquiry
Category:New Zealand Daily News
Author or News Staff
Published on:9th August 2004 - 12:00 pm
Story ID:2472
Text:A government select committee is to investigate whether there is a need for hate speech legislation, and the Christian Heritage party thinks its all part of a sinister homosexual plot – they say it is just an attempt to stifle 'open debate' on homosexuality. Government Administration Select Committee Chair, Dianne Yates, says the intention is exactly the opposite. She says the inquiry is a chance to evaluate New Zealand's balance between freedom of speech and vilification of certain groups, which can lead to their victimisation. The move has been welcomed by various groups, including representatives of the Christian, Islamic and Jewish communities. Yates says the views of the Christian Heritage party and all other New Zealanders will be welcome as part of the public inquiry.    
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