4.06.2005

Old story, Editor prints it anyway

What's going on in the Cariboo?

On Tuesday this week the Williams Lake Tribune printed a letter from some nutcase named Casey Bennett. I cannot point to the website because the site and the site for the BC NEWS Group was hacked. The gist of the letter is this...
He/She? (Casey Bennett) wrote ...
unemployed people in Germany could be forced into homosexual acts because if they don't accept a job as a prostitute they could be cut off of welfare. Then Bennett said those people would have to perform homosexual acts if the client wanted them too otherwise face discrimination charges.

This is an old fabricated story the social conservative and christian righties set have been spreading with dubious motivation. I can not for the life of me think why long time editor Bill Phillips let it run. I can only think he knows his readers will see through it.

A good friend from the Stampede City sent this tidbit onto me. He also provided the following correct information ...

"Under the new law in Germany, long-term unemployed who refuse jobs can have their welfare benefits reduced. If a person is under 25 years of age, the government can cut all support except the monthly housing reimbursement and non-cash benefits. A person is required to take any legal job. A special morality clause, however, ensures that unemployed will not be forced into prostitution -- which is legal and regulated in Germany."

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Another case of people deliberately spreading false information.

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HDcanuck said...

My opinion on the German law ... In principle, I agree with this kind of legislation provided that it really does what it purports to do and does not operate to deny support to those who really need it. Does one person have the right to live off of the labour of another person without their permission to do so if they are reasonably able to provide for themselves? I say no. Yet in the case where someone is able to work but chooses not to and relies on the public purse, that is exactly what is happening. The collective (via the state) has an ethical obligation to provide for those who cannot reasonably provide for themselves; I do not see why it would be reasonable for that obligation to extend further than that. Your thoughts?

Rick Barnes said...

I have no real issue with the law, just the social conservatives and religious wingnuts that try to make it out as part of some perverted view of a "Gay Agenda".

HDcanuck said...

Ya, ain't that the truth!! When all else fails, you can always blame the fags, or the Jews.

Rick Barnes said...

Imagine, Prostitution is legal there.