Prosser says 'sorry'... kind of
Wed, 13 Feb 2013 9:45a.m.
By Lloyd Burr
NZ First MP Richard Prosser has apologised over a series of inflammatory comments made about Muslim men.
But, he has stopped short of a complete back down, saying: “I do [stand by my comments].
“However, my choice of words was inappropriate and the article wasn’t balanced.”
In a column published in this month’s Investigate magazine, Mr Prosser wrote that Muslims or those who look like Muslims, or those from a Muslim country should not fly because they could be terrorists.
The list MP had previous gone to ground but was confronted by 3 News while walking to his Parliamentary office this morning.
“I didn’t go far enough to make the point that there is a great separation between the majority of peaceful law-abiding Muslims who aren’t involved in that sort of thing and the small radical element who are.
“For that I’m sorry.”
“I’m trying to move away from being a shock jock with a pen,” he said.
Mr Prosser’s comments have been reported across the globe and slammed by many, including Ethnic Affairs Minister Judith Collins, who fears international fallout.
Despite the criticism, Mr Prosser says he stands by what he said – but should have said it in a different way.
“In my role as an MP, I shouldn’t have gone down the road that I did in calling for a blanket ban on a certain profile of people flying,” he said.
Mr Prosser wants Parliament to have a discussion on why everyone at airports is subject to security screening and why there isn’t “more targeted profiling”.
“With aviation, we have a problem coming from an identifiable quarter and that quarter is a small, extreme minority or young, angry, Muslim men.”
When asked if he considered himself racist, he replied “hell no! Islam is a religion, not a race”.
Mr Prosser is now considering ditching his monthly opinion column in Investigate magazine so he can “separate being a journalist from being an MP”.
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20/02/2013 10:43:07 p.m.
Ali Suliman wrote:
Hi , I am a Muslim and practice Islam in daily bases. I have the following points:
(1) How many people died in WWI and WWII and what is skin color and the culture and belief for the majority of them? ( for short abbreviation SCB ( Skin , Culture, Belief)
(2) Who invented weapon of mass destruction and who used it against civilian ( i.e, SCB)
(3) What type of right the original people of Australia and New Zealand and for fact the Americas was given , and what type of people who invaded their land ( SCB)
(4) Which ( SCB) invented Nazism, Fascism, Communism ( Not Wogistan ?)
(5) Which country and SCB cause mass murders like :
Jews, Gypsies, Poles
(6) Which SCB cause or ignite the “Hutu Tutsi genocide”
( Check for an answer with Direction Générale de la Sécurité Extérieure, or (DGSE) France external intelligence agency )
(7) The list can grow
I will not deny that some Muslim and that depend on the geographic location treat women’s unfairly however lets look at some facts:
(8) Were is the highest pornographic films are made and distributed ( SCB)
(women extreme degradation)
(9) Which country has the highest violence crime against women ( I assure you not Wogistan) check the current super power ( SCB)
(10) When Switzerland ( located in the center of Europe ) allowed women to vote ( not very far a way )
(11) Which country had women as Prim ministers before many “ Civilized” western countries ( Check Pakistan and Bangladesh)
I agree the current majority of terrorist act committed by people from the Muslim faith also correlate that with the majority of refugees on the world are Muslim from Muslim countries , what that tell you ?
17/02/2013 5:23:14 p.m.
Everyone used to carry pocket knife when travelling and was stopped or banned at some stages.
15/02/2013 8:14:13 a.m.
Why was he carrying a pocket knife with him on a flight....maybe he's a terrorist.
15/02/2013 7:33:44 a.m.
And this is the MP who was the one who in 2012 spent $27000 + on travel! Living in the Waimakariri what has he advocated for the people of Chirstchurch.?? People of NZ you cannot imgaine the third world conditions that continue in Chirstchurch...people are still having to use portaloos located in the streets! The Eastern suburbs were so badly hit in the quakes and that was bad enough but with so little being done they are now deteriorating, look awful , and fast becoming slums areas. This is all on the door step of where Prosser lives.
However wherever you go the Insurance fiasco continues...our neighbour was only told yesterday that his house" might" be repared in 2015! It is slopping downhill! We are still awaiting any pay out from EQC........nearly three years on! Our house is drafty and I shudder to think what the power bill will be in the winter....
In today's Press the woeful , disgraceful living conditions of a Samoan family, yes Mr Prosser brown skinned,* are featured
You pocket knife problem is nothing compared ot the plight of people at your back door.
You are a failure as a peoples' representative
Get off the gravy traiin
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14/02/2013 2:35:14 p.m.
By having such stringent security measures at airports that have only been implemented since 911, means those countries, including NZ are defending themselves against muslim terrorists. The truth is, not all muslims are terrorists, but all religious terroists fighting western values are muslims. The truth it seems is what people fear here. As to everything else he said, pfft, garbage.
14/02/2013 11:07:22 a.m.
He's going to freak if he ever flies with emirates, and realises the Muslims are the ones flying the plane....
14/02/2013 8:57:22 a.m.
I am reminded of the advice of John Key's Waitangi Day friend, Titewhai Harawira. In 1989 she told suicidal Maori patients at Carrington to “kill a white and die a hero". There was comparatively little objection to that comment. Paul Holmes' "cheeky darkie" outburst also drew a muted response. So why the outburst now? Are we really that afraid of Muslims?
14/02/2013 12:29:33 a.m.
New Zealand has good image in Muslim wolrd. New Zealand is not considered as a biggest terrorist like USA and Uk in Muslim countries. Now this woresen the New Zealand aswell abit.
13/02/2013 6:09:04 p.m.
What a stupid an anachronistic comment from a NZ First PM that could draw some attention from terrorists and provoke violence on NZ grounds! Don't we have enough domestic problems to solve? And all because the EGO of a politician is hurt during well known procedures at an airport every ordinary passenger has to go through. That's not politics, that's bad, uncontrolled temper! This disqualifies you for me as a leader
13/02/2013 12:35:44 p.m.
Why did TV3 report the comments made by Mr.Prosser as 'rascist' when as far as I can tell they were only directed towards a religious group?
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