Haters gotta hate eh?
Or perhaps these are people who may have been misunderstood and could use a moment to clear things up?
I'm so glad these two are still coming here and I'd love the chance to hear them. I'm sure the recent controversy will pique the interest of many who had never heard of them. I still find it fascinating that their positions and arguments are so poorly understood that they can be called "provocateurs" just for presenting ideas that are outside mainstream thought. A bit like that provocateur Copernicus deliberately creating tension by stating the Sun and not the Earth was the centre of our cosmos eh? Somebody shut the guy down! Shocking human being.
Either that or - crazy thought - we could take the time to understand what was really being suggested and see if it had any merit. Might be worth a shot...?
Below we have a pretty informed and largely impartial interview to watch. We know it's largely impartial because the interviewer actually gives the pair time to complete their thoughts before trying to snare them in their half-completed explanation. This is so wildly unusual these days that we must immediately deeply suspect the interviewer himself is some sort of far-right oddball - and indeed there are some would would argue this. However he doesn't shy away from the more difficult topics so he seems pretty fair to me.
The Victorian Police are charging them to provide what Victorians must surely consider a normal service already funded by their taxes. That sounds a little odd to me. Why wouldn't the Police rather protect the freedom of assembly for people? Who decides what will and will not be charged for? Doesn't charging people to speak militate against freedom and discourage others to speak? They discuss this peculiarity.
Importantly for us, they also deal with Islam and are both well informed on the problems. They also discuss the European migrant crisis; is Allah a "gay god"?; race& IQ; the unfolding disaster in South Africa; the need for the free exchange of ideas; and security concerns for their speaking tour.
I think it's a very useful chat.
What do you think?