New Zealand: Ethnic Diversity Carnival at Risk Over 'Muslim Sensitivities'

Preemptive Dhimmitude  in New Zealand.

There is no carnival in Islam and ‘Valentines Day is Haram’,

Unmarried Muslims are being told it would be “un-Islamic” to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

“We do not want that kind of atmosphere, because that is totally un-Islamic and not acceptable,” said Javed Khan, the federation’s senior vice-president. (More)

But sex with animals is cool:

Islamic Teachings on sex with animals:

“The meat of horses, mules, or donkeys is not recommended. It is strictly forbidden if the animal was sodomized while alive by a man. In that case, the animal must be taken outside the city and sold.”

Just in thanks to Mullah:

Carnival hit by “ethnic row over pictures”

A government office promoting ethnic diversity has pulled support from a multi-ethnic carnival over pictures it deemed offensive to Muslims – without apparently consulting Islamic groups.

The Office of Ethnic Affairs said “highly inappropriate” pictures on the website of the Auckland International Carnival, including scantily clad Cook Islands and Brazilian dancers, would upset Muslims and called for the office’s logo to be removed from promotional material.

The organisers say the order could cost them tens of thousands of dollars.

The carnival, featuring a street parade, food stalls, sheep racing and a carnival after-party, will be at Ellerslie Racecourse this weekend.

The Federation of Islamic Associations said it had not received any complaints from members about the pictures, and was unaware of any consultation with Muslims.

The office had earlier agreed for its logo to be used for the carnival but says it now wants nothing to do with it after being informed that “inappropriate pictures” had been used on the carnival website.

“It has since come to our attention that there are what our stakeholders, particularly those in the Muslim community, may consider to be highly inappropriate pictures on the carnival website. Consequently, OEA has reconsidered our involvement with the event,” OEA director Mervin Singham said in a letter to the organisers.

“Therefore we respectfully request that the OEA logo is immediately removed from your website and any promotional material.”

OEA acting director Berlinda Chin yesterday said she could not comment but had acted on instructions from Wellington to stop the carnival organisers from using the logo.

Mr Singham was overseas and could not be contacted.

The Islamic federation said the office had appeared to reach its decision without consultation.

Javed Khan, the federation’s senior vice-president, said such pictures might be viewed as inappropriate but many Muslims also would respect that the way the dancers were dressed “was part of their culture”.

“We have not made any complaints, and I am not aware of any Muslim groups who did,” Mr Khan said.

A director of the company behind the festival, Patrick Iwobi, said the organisers were deeply disappointed “that officials at a Government agency, meant to support ethnic people in New Zealand, is hell-bent on destroying the reputation of those who are trying to put together an ethnic event”.

Mr Iwobi said the idea of a carnival came about because Auckland lacked an event that brought different cultures together in a party atmosphere.

“We have the Chinese lantern festival, Diwali festival and Pasifika, but it’s all separate.

“What our event will do is bring all these people and more together in celebration, where they can parade in their costumes, enjoy the different food and dance to different music.”

Carnival organiser Jocelyn Sasa says dealing with the Office of Ethnic Affairs had been “a nightmare”, but there was no plan to remove its logo.

“It will cost us $20,000 to replace all the promotional materials. We just don’t have that kind of money and the OEA says they will not pay the cost, so their logo stays.”

13 thoughts on “New Zealand: Ethnic Diversity Carnival at Risk Over 'Muslim Sensitivities'”

  1. That’s it.
    Valentine’s Day and Carnival must be celebrated with tremendous relish & zest.
    These are truly Western and democratic holy days.

  2. Muslims are whole year costumed in Halloween-Dress.
    Muslime do not understand joking.
    Muslims are not allowe most enjowing things of life.
    Muslims never are allowed to laugh.
    Muslims are serious until their dead.
    So. What for are they living at all?
    Muslims are allowed to kill Nonmuslims.
    Muslims are allowed to have their own laws.
    Muslims are allowed to ignore us.
    Muslims are allowed to take over.

  3. Complete denial, now, from the OEA!!! Taqiyya???

    Home > Whats Happening > Message Board >
    Some facts about the Office of Ethnic Affairs and the use of our logo
    (Warning: may get in the way of a good story!)
    The Office of Ethnic Affairs has a logo which has become well known in ethnic communities.

  4. This is laughable.
    WTF is wrong with the picture? That is culture. If they really wanted to go for the culture they would promote the Maori dance and everyone would be totally naked. Come to think of it…

  5. Khan and his wife said they used to celebrate Valentine’s day…so why the change?? Spare a thought for young muslims in places like Malaysia who may be whipped for that crime of all crimes, ”close proximity. ” All the mad whippers will be out tomorrow.
    Meanwhile happy Valentine’s Day everyone.

  6. I went to a local library this morning in NZ. There were three displays on Chinese New Year and nothing on Valentine’s Day…I suppose they are pandering to the muslims..

  7. Are people aware that Sonny Bill Williams has ”reverted ”to islam??……I think it is old news..He has been off alcohol for several years and bangs on about Malcolm X’s biography.

  8. “A government office promoting ethnic diversity has pulled support from a multi-ethnic carnival over pictures it deemed offensive to Muslims.”
    “DEEMED OFFENSIVE TO MUSLIMS!!!” What about all the muslim texts, speeches and so on offensive to non muslims????? Will the goverment office now pull they’re support from muslim groups? NO!!! I see double standards here.

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