Some things are obvious, aren’t they?

Take the shape of the earth. As everyone these days well knows, it’s round. OK, I know – some pedants argue that ‘approximately spherical’ is more accurate. Bet hey – it’s roundish! Close enough is good enough. Anyone who disagrees is probably a ‘flat-earther’.

These days, we don’t debate or dispute with ‘flat-earthers’. There’s no need. Everyone knows they are wrong, so what’s the use?

One is reminded of the wonderful ditty in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Speak roughly to your little boy,
And beat him when he sneezes
He only does it to annoy,
Because he knows it teases

It’s much the same with The Holocaust.

Everyone knows what happened back then. It’s all really obvious. Why debate or dispute with ‘teasers’ who claim otherwise?

There’s another good reason never to debate with ‘Holocaust Deniers’. To hold such a view of history, it’s obvious they must be motivated by hate. Nasty, racist hate! Anti-Semitism, no less!

Disputing openly with these people grants them a platform for their wicked, racist views. Like an infection, this may spread the hate around. Better by far, therefore, to shut these people out of pubic debate. If they persist… well, perhaps it’s time to lock them up – to make sure they can’t keep spreading hate.

All this stands to reason, doesn’t it? It’s obvious.

No need for debate or dispute!

If the Australian Government is successful in pushing through its current plans to censor the Internet throughout this continent, there’s little doubt that over time it will apply this power to blocking ‘hate speech’ on the Internet. I imagine it will be keen to block hate speech that queries indubitable things, such as The Holocaust.

Now of course, everyone accepts that it’s important to protect free speech. But there are limits! The Government is trying hard to find the right balance. Clearly, disgusting and hateful material should be banned. What’s more, all this is obvious. It stands to reason.

There’s no dispute and no need for debate.

Anyone who complains about the Rudd Government’s Internet censorship is probably a child molester, a professional hater – or both. Without doubt, there is no other rational explanation.

I’ll conclude with a couple of quotations from Prime Minister Kevin Rudd while in Opposition.

This is the man who plans to censor Australia’s Internet (emphases added):

“[Saddam Hussein] has invaded his neighbours, in complete violation of international law, and he is in possession of weapons of mass destruction, which in the past he has used against his own people as well as his neighbours. None of these matters are the subject of dispute.

Kevin Rudd, Hansard, September 17, 2002.

There is no debate or dispute as to whether Saddam Hussein possesses weapons of mass destruction. He does.

Kevin Rudd on ABC Lateline, September 24, 2002.

See also Going To War with Iraq Was Wrong, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd Admits

Here’s the punch line:

“Has any evidence of a link between weapons of mass destruction and the former Iraqi regime and terrorists been found? No…”

Note that the Prime Minister has retracted several of his earlier false claims about Iraq – but there has been no retraction about the much more remarkable claim that there was no need for debate or dispute.

Indubitably, Mr Rudd forgot all about that.