A quote equating gang rape to the exercise of democracy has drawn flak to Member of Parliament Zainudin Nordin. The politician is being criticized by people online for being “offensive” to women after posting on Facebook a quote from “Sword of Truth” fantasy series author Terry Goodkind.
The line goes "Gang rape, after all, is democracy in action."
Singaporeans had reacted angrily to the post and many had demanded an apology or explanation from the MP for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC. I don’t think he should. I don’t think he should because people are taking that line totally out of context.
The full version of his post which quoted Goodkind goes;
“People use democracy as a free-floating abstraction disconnected from reality. Democracy in and of itself is not necessarily good. Gang rape, after all, is democracy in action. All men have the right to live their own life. Democracy must be rooted in a rational philosophy that first and foremost recognizes the right of an individual. A few million Imperial Order men screaming for the lives of a much smaller number of people in the New World may win a democratic vote, but it does not give them the right to those lives, or make their calls for such killing right. Democracy is not a synonym for justice or for freedom. Democracy is not a sacred right sanctifying mob rule. Democracy is a principle that is subordinate to the inalienable rights of the individual.”
Mr. Nordin is putting forward the argument that the rights of an individual, any individual, is more important that the rights of the group. Now you may not agree with him, but at no point in his argument did Mr. Nordin said that democracy is rape.
Seriously, his post is nine lines long and people are taking one line out of the nine and making it into something that it’s not. What’s more this is a quote from a fantasy author! Mr. Nordin isn’t even the one who said it! Now Singaporeans want him to apologize for something he didn’t say because of something he never meant?
That’s total insanity! His post, which was even said by him, argued about the rights of the individual verse that of the group as a whole. Anyone who thinks his post is arguing that democracy is rape is nit-picking to a degree that common sense is being thrown out the window. Basically, they are talking absolute total nonsense!