Lindsay Perigo
Lindsay Perigo

The Politically Incorrect Show - 01/08/2001

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Good afternoon, Kaya Oraaa & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Wednesday August 1, proudly sponsored by Neanderton Nicotine Ltd., the show that says bugger the politicians & bureaucrats & all the other bossyboot busybodies who try to run our lives with our money; that stands tall for free enterprise, achievement, profit, & excellence, against the state-worshippers in our midst; that stands above all for the most sacred thing in the universe, the liberty of the human individual.

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"Technology is integral to the advancement of the world. Fire, the wheel, steam power, electricity, radio transmission, air and space travel, nuclear power, the microchip, DNA: the human race has ever been on the cusp of innovation. Currently, biotechnology is the new frontier. Continuation of research is critical to New Zealandıs future."

Not my words, but those of the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification, which I would be proud to have written. The Commission adds, "As in the past we should go forward but with care."

The only "care" that needs to be exercised here is that at no stage are the rights to life, liberty & property violated. Otherwise, I say to the geneticists, tamper away - from your work will come more & better food, new medicines, & the unlocking of more of life's secrets. I hope you make bucket-loads of money from it. Send me lots of those new potatoes, if you will, & I'll be happy to put my mouth where my mouth is.

Whenever science advances, religion tries to hold it back. Robert G Ingersoll observed that "The church never wanted disease to be under the control of man. Timothy Dwight, President of Yale College, preached a sermon against vaccination. His idea was that if God had decreed from all eternity that a certain man should die with the smallpox, it was a frightful sin to avoid & annul that decree by the trick of vaccination. Smallpox being regarded as one of the heaviest guns in the arsenal of heaven, to spike it was the height of presumption."

Christianity has not been at the forefront in the attempt to ban genetic engineering, but two other contemporary religions have - the Greens, with their primitive earth-worship, & Maori witch-doctors with their primitive ancestor-worship. Neither should be taken any notice of, & it's a travesty that the Royal Commission was obliged to write separate chapters on "Cultural & Spiritual Issues" & "Te Tiriti O Waitangi." In fact, it's a travesty that there was a Royal Commission at all - but given that there was, we can be thankful that the main thrust of its findings was sensible. We can only hope that that common sense will be permitted to survive the troglodyte hysteria of those whose fear is matched only by their ignorance.

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