CIVIL libertarians contribute so much to our society! The Queensland Council of Civil Liberties is made up, generally, of members of the legal profession.
They have a definite interest in certain legal decisions, and the effect that these have on precedent.
Sometimes they are right, and are protecting our civil liberties ( and God know our liberties need protecting from government).
But in this case, they’re wrong, and are aiding in the breakdown of law and order ( perhaps that is the objective?). To call someone a white C** t, depending on inflection, is highly insult- ing. To abuse people going to your aid and accuse them of racism because you happen to identify with a particular ethnic group is even more insulting. The use of such language is corrosive to good order in society, and is another example of a lack of respect for others. It is presumed that in this case there may have been a certain level of intoxication and/ or drug abuse involved given the age of the defendant, the time, circumstances and location of the offence.
To take the Council of Civil Liberties argument this language is not offensive to its logic conclusion, would Michael Cope find addressing a solicitor or judge, with hostility as a F*** ing White C** t acceptable in court?
If yes it is obviously not offensive language. If no, it is offensive, Mr Cope.
Police are not there to be abused, they are not there to be assaulted. They have taken the right action in protecting this man who promptly accused them of racism and used obscene language ( and Mr Cope you jump to his defence in using such language?)
Would you accept this language around your children? Your wife? No.
Then it is offensive lang- uage, with a racist overtone.
This sort of language is heard way too often in our society. Parents are failing to instill in their children respect for others.
To be respected you must show respect. Go around town late at night, and you will hear youths caroling out this language as others try to sleep.
It brings no credit on them. It is offensive.
The courts are there to uphold the standards expected by society in these matters. Congratulations to Magistrate Rod Masden. CHRIS EASTAUGHFFE,