In NZ, the truth is the new hate speech. Â Muslim MP Ashraf Choudhary demands to “remove this cancer” Â (meaning Prosser). Typical for an Islamic supremacist, he believes he is entitled Â to decide who has a right to be in parliament:
Â “This kind of person has got no place in our Parliament.”
Prosser complaint going to Human Rights Commission -Â Â (now who the hell is the HRC? Who stacked the deck here with UN stooges?)
“Young Muslims shouldn’t be allowed to travel on Western airlines because ‘most terrorists are Muslims”.
He accepted that most Muslims are not terrorists, but said it’s “equally undeniable” that “most terrorists are Muslims”.Â “I realise it’s the extremists, I’m not tarring everyone with the same brush, but they’re attempting to overthrow and destroy the advances that west civilisation has made in all forms, technological, and in terms of social advances.”
There you go. He said it. You’d think that’s common knowledge, and the so-called “moderate” Muslims would hang their heads in shame. Turns out they don’t have any. (Shame that is)
- Prime Minister John Key was “appalled” by the comments, while the New Zealand Muslim Association called them “senseless”.
- Richard Prosser’s comments have “inflamed” Ethnic Affairs MinisterÂ Judith Collins who says they’re appalling and irresponsible for an MP to make.
(Full article below the fold)
NZ First MP Richard Prosser’s comments about Muslims have been widely condemned. (Fairfax NZ)
Muslim leaders have rejected an apology by Canterbury MP Richard Prosser over his callÂ for Muslims to be banned from Western airlines.
TheÂ list MP’s remarks provoked outrageÂ yesterday, although NZ First leader Winston Peters refused to sack him and said he did not have to apologise.
However, speaking on Radio New Zealand’sÂ Nine to NoonÂ show this morning, ProsserÂ apologised.
“I’m sorry … to the majority of peaceful, law-abiding Muslims who are not involved in terrorism.”
He conceded he was “only talking about a very small extremist minority”, but his article would not allow the reader to separateÂ the fact that mostÂ Muslims were honest and law-abiding.
”That’s obviously caused some upset, and for that I’m sorry,” he said.
The head of the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (FIANZ), Anwar Ghani, said Prosser’s apology was not good enough.
“I wouldn’t call it an apology; it was a softening of the tone, that’s all,” he said.
“It seems to me he still maintains what he said, by and large,Â and he’s simply trying to align his comments with what his leader has said.”
He said the damage done by Prosser yesterday had not been reversed by the apology.
“He has to come out and say unreservedly that ‘I apologise if my act has caused any offence to any of the Muslims in New Zealand’,” Ghani said.
ButÂ Prosser told RNZÂ he did not “have any time” for Islam as a religion.
“I make no apology for the fact I don’t have any time for people who denigrate women or for institutions that suppress human rights.”
He denied he was being racist. “It is a religion, not a race.”
Posser seems to get it.
Prosser conceded his article had “a lack of balance”Â in calling for Muslim men to be banned from Western airlines.
”I concede that some of the language that I used wasn’t appropriate,” he said.
He blamed his approach as a ”shock-jock” columnist.
”My style as a columnist is perhaps something not appropriate any more for my role as an MP.”
Prosser said his call for the blanket ban on young Muslims was wrong.
He said he should have called for an investigation into the merits of racial profiling. “I shouldn’t have said certain things in certain ways.”
Prosser, 45,Â penned a provocative column forÂ InvestigateÂ magazine titledÂ Enemy of the StateÂ after his pocket knife was confiscated at Christchurch International Airport.
He wrote: “I will not stand by while their [his daughters’] rights and freedoms of other New Zealanders and Westerners are denigrated by a sorry pack of misogynist troglodytes from Wogistan.
“If you are a young male, aged between say about 19 and about 35, and you’re a Muslim, or you look like a Muslim, or you come from a Muslim country, then you are not welcome to travel on any of the West’s airlines …”
Reacting yesterday, outraged Muslim leaders said recent overtures Peters and NZ First had made to their community were now meaningless.
A NZ First source said its MPs were furious and believed Prosser “acted like a stupid idiot”.
In an interview he stood by his views andÂ said that an Israeli airline that banned Muslims was one of the world’s safest carriers.
PetersÂ issued a statement saying his Waimakariri-based MP “wrongfully impugned millions of law-abiding, peaceful Muslims”.
ProsserÂ polled just 538 votes at the last election.
“After a rational discussion he has changed his mind,” Peters said. “We can’t take it any further than that. He’s had a chance to reflect … he admits it was unbalanced.”
Former Labour and Muslim MP Ashraf Choudhary called on Peters to “remove this cancer”.
“It’s uncalled for and racist,” he said. “This kind of person has got no place in our Parliament.”
So Koranimals determine who gets a place in NZ’s parliament?
Khoder Nasser, agent for Muslim sports star Sonny Bill Williams, said: “It’s offensive and ignorant. Does he not realise he is taking about one in six people on the planet?”
Ethnic Affairs Minister Judith Collins said the controversy would cause “international embarrassment”.
Prime Minister John Key said the comments were “premeditated” and “buffoonish”, and Labour leader David Shearer branded them “offensive and completely inappropriate”.
Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres said it “beggars belief that a member of Parliament would say these sorts of things”.
“This is not an off-the-cuff remark. It’s a deliberate column written by an MP that should know better, published by a magazine that should know better,” he said.
”He’s not being provocative, he’s being revolting.”
AIRING HIS VIEWS
This is not the first timeÂ Prosser has aired his provocative views.
In hisÂ InvestigateÂ column, on Twitter and on his “Climate Change” Facebook page he has also called for:
- A ban on the burqa: “This is my culture and my country, not yours. Get some respect and conform.”
– Compulsory military training: “There will be the pacifists, the weaklings, the other cowards and bludgers … who will conscientiously object … they can spend a couple of years picking up rubbish off the beaches and digging out long-drops for DOC instead.”
– Arm all bank tellers, dairy owners and taxi drivers. “Taxi drivers as well as cops should almost be required to have at least a Walther PPK clipped to the sun visor.”
- “The madness that is belief in the insane idea of Man-made Climate Warming needs to be countered.”
NZ First MP: Ban Muslims from flights Â (NZ Herald)
New Zealand First MP Richard Prosser has spoken out in defence of his “Wogistan” rant which has been slammed as racist by Muslim leaders and politicians.
In a column for Investigate Magazine, the Waimakariri list MP suggested young Muslims shouldn’t be allowed to travel on Western airlines because ‘most terrorists are Muslims”.
He accepted that most Muslims are not terrorists, but said it’s “equally undeniable” that “most terrorists are Muslims”.
“If you are a young male, aged between say about 19 and about 35, and you’re a Muslim, or you look like a Muslim, or you come from a Muslim country, then you are not welcome to travel on any of the West’s airlines,” he wrote.
Prime Minister John Key was “appalled” by the comments, while the New Zealand Muslim Association called them “senseless”.
But in an interview with Newstalk ZB’s political editor Barry Soper, Mr Prosser stood by his controversial stance.
He denied that the use of “Wogistan” was racist, citing mentions of it being a “mythical place”, which could even have been “a real place”.
“Look, people can read things into it if they want,” he said.
“I have a particular style in my Investigate column which is, um, reasonably blunt, and I speak a lot of things that other people are talking about but won’t necessarily say.
“I don’t think it’s anything derogatory particularly, I don’t have any real time for the worst extreme elements of Islam who treat women in a poor fashion. So, I certainly think it’s appropriate for me to make those comments.”
Asked if he was tarring all young male Muslims with the same brush, Mr Prosser said it was a profiling policy that has made Israeli airline El Al “one of the safest airlines in the world”.
NZ First Leader Winston Peters initially said there was “an element of truth’ to what Mr Prosser wrote but that his MP had failed to balance his attack by acknowledging that the majority of Muslims were peaceful and law abiding.
In a subsequent statement, Mr Peters said Mr Prosser had “wrongfully impugned millions of law-abiding, peaceful Muslims” and the article did not represent the views of NZ First.
Mr Prosser said Mr Peters doesn’t vet his columns, which he’s been writing in Investigate for more than a decade, claiming they were separate from his MP duties and party policy.
He believed it was appropriate for him as an MP to make his views heard, saying: “This is what we are here for. We are here to represent and speak about the issues and concerns that people have.”
Mana Party leader Hone Harawira said Mr Prosser’s comments were racist, and without basis in fact.
“It’s kinda like saying that no 19- to 35-year-old white guys should be allowed to go anywhere because they cause so many wars around the world.”
Asked whether the NZ First MP should have kept his comments to himself, Mr Harawira said: “It’s best that they’re actually expressed openly because when people hold views as extreme as that, it’s best that we hear them.”
Act Party leader John Banks said the comments were “crazy” and “bizarre”, while Labour Leader David Shearer believed they could hurt New Zealand’s reputation in other countries.
In his article, Mr Prosser also said: “I will not stand by while [his daughters’] rights and freedoms of other New Zealanders and Westerners, are denigrated by a sorry pack of misogynist troglodytes from Wogistan.”
The 9/11 hijackers were Muslims, as were the London “tube bombers”, Mr Prosser said, along with the Taleban and al-Qaida.
“There is a pattern here, I promise you,” he wrote. “These are angry, young Muslim men who hate the West and want to destroy it.
“They attack us, and our institutions and infrastructures, and our way of life, and our values and beliefs and precepts, because we are not like them, and for no other reason.”
Prosser, 45, has previously made no apology for the strength of the controversial ideas he has been pushing for almost 10 years.
In 2011, he called for the burqa to be banned, while he also wanted bank tellers, dairy owners and taxi drivers to be armed.