“The millions who gathered in Paris and other French cities this week with Je suis Charlie placards were supporting the need to protect the fundamental human right of free speech,” FamilyVoice research officer Ros Phillips said today.
“Even those who disagreed with Charlie Hebdo’s relentless ridicule of politicians and religion now say they support Charlie’s right to do so. The many Australian MPs and senators who joined the Je suis Charlie chorus should follow through and support Bob Day’s new bill to amend section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act by decriminalising ‘offensive or insulting’ speech.
“If Australian MPs don’t support the bill, their Je suis Charlie protestations will have been a blatant lie.”
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