Sharing Scripture? New Zealand now criminalizes “Cyberbullying”

Screen Shot 2015-07-07 at 11.38.02 AMNew Zealand’s government has passed the Harmful Digital Communications Bill, which declares that cyberbullying is a criminal offense.

That’s a good thing, right? Wait a minute, Christian. Not so fast. Read between the lines:

Anyone using digital communications like Facebook, Twitter or other apps in a way that causes “serious emotional distress” is considered to be breaking the law and could face a number of punishments. Posts that are deemed to be racist, sexist, speaking badly of someone’s sexual orientation or a disability, or showing religious intolerance are all covered by the bill.

That means someone could report your post or comment by simply saying they were hurt by what you said.

Ramifications of committing the newly-declared crimes include mediation, fines of up to $33,900 (US) or even time in jail. If business are found guilty of infringing, fines of up to $134,000 (US) can be imposed.

It has also been made an offense to incite suicide in any way, and doing so could land you with a three-year jail sentence. Oftentimes Leftists tell Christians that because we stand for the biblical definition of marriage between one man and one woman, and that all sexual sin is sin, we incite young people who are gender confused to end their lives.

Web publishers can opt in to a safe-harbor provision, protecting them from liability (and arguably also crimping free speech) if they agree to take down allegedly offending material on demand or at least within a grace period of 48 hours.

Anyone who has a website like ours, or anyone who shares Scripture or articles about biblical truth, you have been warned. Your freedoms as you knew them could will be shredded, if legislation like this is ever passed in Amuhrica.

HAT TIP: Wayne N.

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3 Responses to Sharing Scripture? New Zealand now criminalizes “Cyberbullying”

  1. Commenter101 July 8, 2015 at 7:51 am #

    I think this is violating the freedom of speech or expression if they have that in New Zealand because you are being limited to speak what most people want to hear and anybody can file a complaint against somebody if they wanted to so point being I think that passing that bill can have not so good reprecussions because in Cyber Space things like Inspect Element can actually be used against a facebook user for example to edit His/Her post then use screen capture it’s so easy to set somebody up using the internet. When it comes to Scripture that will be as it is no filter.

    • Theresa July 9, 2015 at 5:44 am #

      The bill is as stupid as it sounds and yes it infringes on human rights- but they wont do anything to change it. Private prisions infringe on human rights (prisnioners working without pay) and yet they are been built as we speak in my country. Yes you can be easily set up, yes people are trying to control us and yes it going to go very bery bad and messy. Children are also abused so badly in my country and they get killed- murder of a child gets 2-4 years in jail- apparently the consequences are less for killing a kid but not for speaking your opinion or the truth.

  2. Rick July 8, 2015 at 12:20 pm #

    NZ is just an earthquake away from being a part of the Pacific Ocean.

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