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Morris Iemma, you prick. [Jul. 2nd, 2008|11:01 pm]
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For those that have not heard, Sydney is about to be invaded by Catholics for "World" Youth Day. This is a minor annoyance for getting about in Sydney, and could mean things get really hectic at work. Philosophically I'm opposed to organised religion and politically I'm opposed to the Church's usual anti-gay stance but until last night, this event was pretty much just an excuse to wear my priest robes to Hellfire.

Last night I read about the new laws that have been introduced, essentially making it a crime to annoy or offend Catholics.

I shit you not. The media have dubbed them the "Thou shalt not offend" laws, and it essentially means the police (or even a member of the State Emergency Service or Rural Fire Service) can order you to desist from anything they consider to be "annoying or inconveniencing" to the people gathering for the World Youth Day events. Refuse to do so and you can be hit with a $5500 fine.

To put this in perspective, if I was to flash someone in public at any other time in Sydney I'd be looking at a fine of $1100. But during WYD I could be fined $5500 for just wearing an anti-catholic t-shirt or handing out free condoms.

Our Ratbastard Premier, Morris Iemma, is trying to downplay the significance of his little monstrosity of a piece of legislation.

"People have the right to protest; they can do so ... peacefully and lawfully," Iemma said, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Right, Iemma, you prick - except you just made a law against it.

The Police Commisioner, Mr Scipione, has given us his assurance that these draconian police powers will only be used to clamp down on serious criminal offenders and not as a censorship of free speech and peacful protest. Oh, well, that's ok then. It's not like our Commisioner was ever anything but fair and even handed when it comes to things like censorship. I mean, here is a man who understands the role of the executive branch of law, who wouldn't appoint himself as arbitrator of what is or isn't offensive, and who would defend free artistic expression, isn't that right, Bill Hensen?

I would like to think that this will blow up in their faces. I hope that Australians are not so apathetic about their freedoms that they won't go and break these laws just for existing. So I've been thinking, WWCD? (What Would Chaser Do?)

Unfortunately I lack Chaser's film crews, gauranteed large audiences and imagination.  I'm sure they would do something very noticeable, very funny and which exposes these laws for the farce they are. I just wish I knew what. I'm open to suggestions, but here are a few of my ideas:

Have an offensive t-shirt under a cover. Charge people $1 each to look at it, with the promise that when I've raised $5500 for the fine I will wear it.

Hold a church-style fundraiser for the $5500 fine. A bake sale, home-made jam, some bric-a-brac or second hand clothes. Completely staffed by little white-haired ladies, of course.

Have an offensive placard covered by 5500 informational brochures about human rights and free speech. Or 5500 condoms. As people take them they gradually uncover the anti-catholic slogan.

Arrange 1100 people wearing contrasting clothes into a "human sign" spelling out an Anti-WYD message. They can't fine all of us. And even if they can, that works out at $5 each - affordable dissent!

In fact, forget being anti-catholic or anti-World Youth Day: Morris has shown us that we have a bigger enemy now; he should have had the foresight to make it illegal to annoy him. Bring on the "Fuck Iemma" t-shirts! (Although I'm sure those laws are on the books, and the thought police not far behind).

I have already seen these t-shirts advertised:

"$5500, a small price to pay to annoy Catholics"
"We close 300 roads so 300,000 can close their minds"
"Absinence makes the church grow fondlers"
"POPEC 08 - veni, vidi, vexi"
"Abstinence: it didn't work for the Virgin Mary"
"Is my freedom of speech annoying you?"

Any other creative suggestions greatly appreciated

Last but not least, a fitting youtube video:



[User Picture]From: morbidfrog
2008-07-02 02:43 pm (UTC)
this is crazy...you better hide all those cradles of filth tshirt...
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[User Picture]From: chaoscowboy
2008-07-02 03:54 pm (UTC)

Dont get me started..oh all right then!

Morris Lemma is a cnut! Make a damn fine T-shirt! Religion..mankind's worst invention. When I watch the original War of the Worlds movie I always get a bit hissy when the preacher goes on about the Martains being more advanced therefore closer to god..er no sh*t for brains, if theyr'e more advanced they'd more likely dispensed with the surrogate nipple of religous addiction! That or they'd be speciecist fundamentalists who wipe out all other lifeforms for thier god...
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[User Picture]From: anarquistador
2008-07-03 04:10 am (UTC)

Re: Dont get me started..oh all right then!

That would look great if done in the exact style of the COF shirts.
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[User Picture]From: uberredfraggle
2008-07-03 04:21 am (UTC)

Re: Dont get me started..oh all right then!

Yeah i wish i had my 'Dani filth is a cunt' t shirt with me. I left it in UK. :(
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[User Picture]From: chaoscowboy
2008-07-03 08:40 am (UTC)

Re: Dont get me started..oh all right then!

Find a pal with a screenprinter!
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[User Picture]From: cokephreak
2008-07-02 06:45 pm (UTC)
I like this
"Is my freedom of speech annoying you?"
lots and lots

In many ways I feel a little sorry for the catholics in this. The states efforts to "protect" them has probably turned them into far more of a target than they were previously.
This does sound like a moderately serious civil rights issue. Does the law only extend to catholics or to all religions?
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[User Picture]From: anarquistador
2008-07-03 04:14 am (UTC)
I think that's my favourite so far too.

The church was very quick to come out and say they didn't ask the government to do this.
The laws only apply to the events over a number of days, but now they've done it once rest assured they'll try and pull this shit again. The laws do specify that it's regarding the participants of the events, as I understand it, so it does by default only apply to catholics.
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[User Picture]From: uberredfraggle
2008-07-02 09:31 pm (UTC)
I'll be going for one of the ones we came up with that sebthecat is making up.

"Can't afford to protest"
With a $5500 price-tag hanging off the last word.

I like your idea of charging $1 to see your t shirt. :)

I'm still not sure if I'll be making hellfire or not.
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[User Picture]From: anarquistador
2008-07-03 04:16 am (UTC)
Didn't sebthecat's post have a list of politician's e-mail addresses? Might have to look into that....

See you tomorrow?
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[User Picture]From: uberredfraggle
2008-07-03 04:22 am (UTC)
Yeah there was a link to a list of politicians.

Yes defintely see you tomorrow!! :D
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From: tabithabunnie
2008-07-02 10:26 pm (UTC)
May I suggest:

Roll up roll up
Convert a Catholic Challenge
$5500.00 a go!

I have had it with fines and charges and stupid taxes on things that people need, not just want. Heaven forbid the sheeple ever wake up to the rich elitist world they inhabit, but they won't because they are the very people that are breeding.

*Yay organised religion and mature capitalist societies!* not
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[User Picture]From: anarquistador
2008-07-03 04:09 am (UTC)
Convert a Catholic Challenge: I love it!
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[User Picture]From: badpoppet
2008-07-03 05:41 am (UTC)
LOL. Was this post before or after the dentist?
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[User Picture]From: chaoscowboy
2008-07-03 01:02 pm (UTC)

Counterproductive clergy

I was raised a Catholic, did the whole Confession, Confirmation and Communion schtick, and you know what put me off? Bleedin' Catholics that's what!!! They are such a sactamonious, priggish lot! The final nail in the proverbial of my 'faith' was a chance encounter with my parsih Priest who informed that if I didn't return to the fold I'd have no right to be buried in a Catholic cemetery..that really shook me up..and had the effect of closing the book on organised religion for me! And it turns out that it was hogwash! If your'e baptised a Ctaholic you can always be buried in a Catholic cemetery!!!
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[User Picture]From: anarquistador
2008-07-10 01:38 pm (UTC)

Re: Counterproductive clergy

Never understood why that sort of thing is seen as a bargaining chip. I mean if someone leaves your church why would they come running back at the thought of not being buried there? Let 'em have their special dirt if it makes them feel better but why would anyone else care?
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