Archive/File: orgs/australian/adelaide.institute/press/Herald_Sun.001113 Last-Modified: 0000/11/16 Punishing weird ideas can backfire To see how our over-bossy complaints industry can cause more harm than good, check the Executive Council of Australian Jewry's bid to close down the web site of Dr. Frederick Toben. ECAJ wants the Federal Court to punish Dr Toben for refusing to obey the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, which has condemned him for publishing anti-Semitic material and told him to stop. It is doing the same with Launceston zealot Olga Scully, who stuffs letterboxes with similar rubbish, and is also ignoring HREOC. True, Dr Toben is a worry. His Adelaide Institute website claims the Holocaust is a hoax, and last year he dared German authorities to jail him for defying laws banning Holocaust denial. They did. But what has the campaign against him achieved? Since 1997, he has been mentioned in 18 Melbourne newspaper reports -- and each time either because of his jailing or Jewish bids to get the law to shut him up. His "martyrdom" just gives him free publicity, as one newspaper admitted by introducing a feature on him like this: "Holocaust denier Frederick Toben was jailed in Germany this week. Katherin Towers reports on the organisation he heads." On Friday, ECAJ's announcement that it would take Dr Toben to court inspired one newspaper to publicse his website, saying it had pictures of Auschwitz with captions claiming: "The four alleged gas-induction holes do not exist! No holes -- no Holocaust!" He would have loved it. Same story with Ms Scully. All 12 mentions of her in Hobart's 'Mercury" and 'Sunday Tasmanian' since 1996 came as a result of attempts to silence her or Dr Toben. Worse, Dr Toben and Ms Scully now pose as victims of a Jewish bid to deny them free speech, and there's sadly just enough truth in that to make them a real menace.
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