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Are There Limits On Televising Hate?

The Australian government is discussing to what extent should it censor children and adult programs televised by an Hezbollah station which propogates hatred toward Israel and Jews. Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television channel is broadcast from Indonesia and offers a variety of TV programs, many of which are blatantly anti-Jewish or urged support for terrorist groups. Australian Jewish groups are particularly incenses at children program which are used by Hezbollah to engender hatred within children toward Jews. Under Australian law, TV stations are banned from directly recruiting viewers to join terrorist organizations or to fund raise for these groups.

Censorship raises questions as to the extent of freedom of speech. In America, the guideline is whether the speech is equivalent to shouting,”fire” i

Myths Of Children And Television

The study of children invariably elicits continual studies which attribute violence in their behavior to television or to some form of exposure to the evils of media. The latest study by Daniel Anderson of the University of Massachusetts, claims exposing children to background sounds and images will somehow impede their development. His study of 50 children ages 3,2, and 12 months found that background TV “can be a very effective distraction”from the kind of play that’s critical to helping children learn and develop. He believes children at these young ages have limited ability to sustain their attention and are just beginning complex and symbolic play. He therefore concludes they require quiet time to focus on their development.

During the past half century these “experts” have blamed everything from comic books to music to television as somehow impeding the development of children and making them more violent. The study of 50 children over a period of time who are below the ages of three is NOT a long term study of development. No one knows how they will turn out and the variables entailed in human development makes it uncertain which factors actually played roles in human development.

During the time period from 1991 to the present murder rates in America dropped nearly 50%. Are we to attribute this drop as somehow related to television or to music or to children having access to cell phones or what? There are too many so-called “experts” trying to sell their “studies” as being scientific. They are not. They are the opinions of a person and in no way can be regarded as a scientific study providing insights into human development.

Let’s not forget, Nazi Germany lacked television or rock music.

Springtime For Nazism According To Eva Herman

German TV presenter, Eva Herman, who was fired for making pro-Nazi remarks, continues her battle to defend the bright side of Nazism. She was fired for stating that while Hitler did gruesome things, people forget the good side of Nazism, ‘there was at the time something good, and that is the values, that is the children, that is the family, that is a togetherness– it was all abolished.” She argues if you can’t discuss the good side of Nazism then you can’t comment on the autobahn which was built during that era. Herman recently appeared at a conservative German Catholic Forum where she received applause and was hailed as a “martyr in the battle for marriage, family, and children.”

Ms. Herman is merely displaying her ignorance of Nazism when she claims it was a good time for children, family values and togetherness. Children attended schools where they were indoctrinated in hatred and to love violence. Thousands of teenagers gave their lives for Hitler who wanted them to die for the glory of Germany. Adolescents attended camps where free love was encouraged in order to produce babies for the armed forces. Perhaps, Herman believes family values are strengthened by having children inform on their parents which they were urged to do by teachers. Her comments are ludicrous and it is shameful that a Catholic organization is supporting a woman who praises a regime that imprisoned hundreds of priests in concentration camps.