Collins slams Prosser's 'rant'
Tue, 12 Feb 2013 4:34p.m.
By Lloyd Burr
Ethnic Affairs Minister Judith Collins has slammed NZ First MP Richard Prosser for his “embarrassing anti-Muslim rant” and fears international fallout may result.
Mr Prosser wrote in his monthly magazine column he wants young Muslim men banned from flying on Western airlines because they could be terrorists.
“If you’re Muslim, or you look Muslim, or you come from a Muslim country, then you’re not welcome to travel on any of the West’s airlines,” he writes.
The comments have inflamed Ms Collins, also the Minister for Human Rights, who says they’re appalling and irresponsible for an MP to make.
She wants New Zealand First leader Winston Peters to stop hiding Mr Prosser from reporters so he can explain the comments.
“I suggest Mr Peters and his caucus familiarise themselves with this legislation to avoid causing further embarrassment to New Zealand,” says Ms Collins.
Mr Peters says Mr Prosser wasn’t at Parliament today because he was “busy working”, but told reporters the comments were a mistake.
“This is an extreme view that we don’t share as a party and he didn’t put the full side of the argument, which we’re required to do as a party, and that’s the end of it.
“I’ve done all I can and need to do,” he says.
Fellow New Zealand First MP Barbara Stewart avoided questions about her colleague’s anti-Islamic sentiment.
“I haven’t seen them. The leader’s over there and he’s commenting.”
She was asked if she condoned racism but didn’t answer.
Mr Prosser is no stranger to controversy. Previously, he has asked for burqas to be banned in public, compulsory army training for all citizens and for the South Island to become a separate state.
He entered Parliament as a list MP in 2011 as a result of New Zealand First’s strong party vote.
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4/03/2013 1:50:58 p.m.
If it's OK for Margaret Mutu to discriminate based on race, and suggest that white people are banned from immigrating to New Zealand, I see no reason why Richard Prosser's comments should be less than OK.
14/02/2013 1:27:39 p.m.
Sounds like "shades" of the American Tea Party.
14/02/2013 4:57:45 a.m.
Mahfooz- Ur- Rahman wrote:
Mustafa Al-Hassan's comments are based on reasoning and facts. Mustafa claims to be atheist but I suggest him to study the Quran .
14/02/2013 12:25:35 a.m.
Wow. This is pc gone mad. What about the numerous threats made every day to Christians by Muslims?...........
13/02/2013 10:57:04 a.m.
Howick and Eastern wrote:
Good on you Winston.
13/02/2013 9:11:38 a.m.
Well stated Mustafa Al-Hassan
12/02/2013 7:01:44 p.m.
Prosser is doing what Paul Homes did with the "cheeky darky" remark. Saying something completely outrageous to get attention.
12/02/2013 6:16:03 p.m.
Waikorihiata Anderson wrote:
I think that what Mr Prosser wrote is absolutely disgusting when we live in a multicultural country, that to this day holds true the beliefs and traditions of the national race which are as old as the "stone ages" themselves, i think he is being petty and does not deserve the role of an MP.
12/02/2013 5:28:22 p.m.
Mustafa Al-Hassan wrote:
As a Middle Eastern Kiwi, I am Atheist but fit Prosser's criteria because I look the part! Therefore, I decided to reply to this ignorant white trash of an MP. His barking can impact NZ on things like:- Emirates Airlines routes to and from NZ- Emirates Team NZ Sponsorships, and other investments in industries- overseas Middle Eastern students studying English (most of whom are from the rich Gulf region) who bring in good money to NZ- NZ exporters operating in the Gulf- the impact on the NZ meat and dairy industries in the Middle East and muslim countriesOf course this is the tip of the ice berg. On behalf of the Muslim community, I demand this fool steps down for making a pointless rant and for preaching hate and racism. 911 was in 2001, and we are now in 2013. A lot has happened since then. Time to wake up and live in the times because not every Muslim is a terrorist or extermist. Mustafa Al-HassanPukekohe
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