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04 July 2008 @ 10:37 am
For those of you following, it looks like these new laws might be in violation of the international rules made by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, 18.2 which state:

"...bars coercion that would impair the right to have or adopt a religion or belief, including the use of threat of physical force or penal sanctions to compel believers or non-believers to adhere to their religious beliefs and congregations, to recant their religion or belief or to convert."

I knew we had rights in there somewhere!

Please pass around this disgrace of our government. Our press, for the most part, is under the payroll of the government and is hardly even reporting on an issue that has so many Australians livid. It's like being raped by your own government (which i realise happens all the time) but I did not expect from a supposedly civilised democracy.

The laws passed are not up for review until SEPTEMBER at which point, it will be too late.

Freedom of speech must be protected.

Sapph: Bitch ain't standing nowsapphs on July 3rd, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
I don't feel bad about commenting here since I'm assuming bitching and ranting is allowed?

Ok first off, how DARE they try and restrict our rights to a) wear whatever the hell we want, and b) protest against something we don't like (so long as it's peaceful). Not too mention the sheer arrogance to tell people to take two weeks annual leave while the city is on lockdown. We shouldn't have to waste annual leave simply because some old guy (no offence to any Catholics) decides to host a World Youth Day (which is actually a week) and forces the closure of major arterial roads in a massively busy city for a parade that would do just as well if the route is cut in half.

Now, I'm not anti-religion per se (although I do think most of it is a load of crock), but really, is all this necessary? No. It's not. George St does NOT have to be closed down every single day for 11 days. People should NOT have to go out of their way so they don't impeded the Pope's cruise around the city. It's not a national thing, it's a select few. Granted, our nation is built on the principles of Catholicism, but in this day and age everything is multi-cultural.

I feel taking a week off just to wear a shirt that say "I protest for my right to protest!" and "The Papl Office causes mass antagonism" or something. Because they have to catch me to fine me.


(Hope that made sense. I'm a little doped up on Aspirin and lack of sleep)
ellymelly: Frak Democracyellymelly on July 3rd, 2008 09:49 pm (UTC)
yay for bitching! :D

my parents are actually sending me to sydney to protest. lol

the further you read into what's been going on, the more ANGRY i get. As if the logo wasn't bad enough to begin with (the sydney opera house on fire? great...) it feels like the majority of the public is being marginalised for the sake of a religious godfest. now, i never go forth and harass religious people just for fun, but i am furious that a religious event can bring sydney to a standstill for the sake of a minority. what about all the business that are going to lose millions? the people who can't work. the stripping away of our rights to free speech. the STRIP SEARCHING! (THE FRAK????) rudd said he wanted to avoid anarchy. nice way to go about it.

also, i find it a little sick that they want to play act crucifying
at sydney landmarks. but that's just me.

what we need are t-shirts and skateboards.

also, guy faux masks.


it's okay, i don't make sense either when i'm enraged. :D

i think i might get a t-shirt that says, 'frak democracy'
Sapphsapphs on July 3rd, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
I didn't even know anything about that symbol! ExCUSE me? WTH is that supposed to symbolise? Purification? Pfft, whatever. Rudd is a fucking tool who bows to whatever power is greater than him. Which is pretty much everyone. He is such a weak person. He's not in charge of this country, it's whoever's pulling his strings.

That is so cool your parents are sending you down :D What day are you going? And when does this thing start??

I want that T-Shirt!!
ellymellyellymelly on July 3rd, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC)
19 and 20th of July are the biggest protests planned. there's a whole group of us going so if you want to meet up with us :D

also, MUST HAVE T-SHIRT!!! lol *buys paint*
ellymellyellymelly on July 3rd, 2008 10:20 pm (UTC)
oh wait, what about


Freedom To Annoy
Sapphsapphs on July 3rd, 2008 11:26 pm (UTC)
19th and 20th? In the city? I might just come to that *g*

you might be interested to read this. I want to know where I can buy the t-shirts that make a mockery of the laws ;)
I make weird look damned good: mmmcoffeeaphroditesreign on July 4th, 2008 11:28 am (UTC)
Ok, I'm totally wanting in on this, even if I am in Washinton State. So, on the 20th (coincidentally my b-day) I'll wear a t-shirt. What are we putting on it? And I suppose by your standards or most people's I would be considered religious, but I've never had my 'church' shut down streets and tell people they can't skateboard or have freedom to think what they like. Well, I suppose some do, but not on a national level like yours is. If that makes sense. What I'm trying to say is that I support freedom of speech for everyone, christian and none, and am seething that the Catholic church (didn't they start the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition) forces their belief like this. Of course, the Catholic church is more political than anything else. Ok, I'm stopping now. But seriously, tell me what to put on my shirt and I will. 'Frak democracy' might not be the best for me, just coz I'm in America. But it will ensure I get to explain myself. Maybe I could put Frak Democracy--ask me why on it.
ellymelly: Frak Democracyellymelly on July 4th, 2008 08:49 pm (UTC)
Firstly, happy birthday for then! I will be 21 on the 10th so you must be a Cancer as well!

I was thinking about RTA (although you might want to put, 'Australia's' in front of it) it stands for Right To Annoy (as laws prohibit 'annoyance' and also just happens to stand for 'Roads and Traffic Authority' - the organisation owned by the government that is bringing the city to a standstill for 11 days.

there are so great slogans you can nick from these sites:
FREE SPEECH - $5500 fine may apply

this is brilliant - one of the fashion stores that my dad writes software for is having a promotion: Wear an 'annoying' t-shirt into their store and receive a discount and condom in support of the protests. They're doing this because of the millions of dollars they're going to be losing. they've been threatened with arrest but they're going to do it anyway.

I make weird look damned good: Subconciousaphroditesreign on July 4th, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday back!! My son will be 15 on the 10th. Yes we are both Cancers. As is my sister, her b-day is the 12. Eh gets better, mom's is the 11. Expensive month for us. I say 'yay' to the fashion stores for standing up. I totally like the free speech-$5500 fine may apply. I'll cruise through those others also. Thanks for the info, I'll definitely be spreading it at work tomorrow.
Michi: Zarek - some dayshajimari_desho on July 4th, 2008 09:59 am (UTC)

I never knew Australia was so crazy. @_@ But yeah, I sympathize. Closing down a city for that long is ridiculous. And saying you have to be all sweetness and light about it, OR ELSE? Pfft. Go protest your heart out. <3
I make weird look damned good: mmmcoffeeaphroditesreign on July 4th, 2008 11:36 am (UTC)
So, after reading that article, I'm supposed to understand that World Youth Day is about taking away the rights of the many, so the one 'ELECTED official of God' (which btw is so NOT what the bible is about--Does the Catholic church even READ the New Testament) can have free reign? Nope, that's not what the god I believe in is about. Seriously, I'm totally behind you and will protest her in America by wearing a shirt or whatever you decide (unity) and I'll spread the word. I know other people who will be outrage over here too. Besides, as I said the 20th is my b-day. Who wants to pick a fight with the birthday girl? *looks around* I didn't think so! If anyone wants to email me about this its eosaphroditesrising@yahoo.com Just be sure to put something about protest in the subject line so I know you're not spam. Ok, shutting up..for now
Purpleyin/Hans: vaguemissyvortexdv on July 4th, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
Can you start some kind of letter campaign?
T: SGA Will work for sextelleer on July 4th, 2008 07:18 pm (UTC)
Hi! Sorry, this is completely OT.

Did you make this icon I'm using? At least your name seems to be in the comments. *g* Anyway, I just wanted to let you know - this icon was originally the inspiration of a McShep fic I have just finished and posted here.

I hope you don't mind, and all! It's a great icon and I love it.
ellymelly: death by cuteellymelly on July 4th, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC)
oh! that's so cool. I'm going to go read your mcshep fic! Thank you very much for telling me about it!