ACT and NZ First have joined the chorus of people condemning the Islamic hate-speech preacher busted by this blog on Saturday.
The story has gone to every media outlet now, save one….the NZ Herald.
The politicians are lining up, now just Peter Dunne, the Greens and Labour remain on the fence.
ACT and NZ First have joined the government in condemning anti-Semitic speeches and online posts by an Auckland Muslim cleric.
Ethnic Communities Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga said on Monday he was disgusted by the views of Shaykh Dr Mohammad Anwar Sahib.
“There’s no place in New Zealand for such intolerance, and hate speech is prohibited under the Human Rights Act,” he said.
ACT leader David Seymour says New Zealand was built on a foundation of tolerance and respect.
“By suggesting Muslims shouldn’t accept Jewish people for who they are, Dr Mohammad Anwar Sahib has condemned the freedom that makes our country great,” he said.
Dr Sahib is the secretary of the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand, and Mr Seymour says he should be removed from the position.
“ACT hopes to see the federation exercise this right,” he said.
NZ First leader Winston Peters says the cleric’s views were delivered in an “incendiary lecture” earlier this month.
“The silence of the Federation of Islamic Associations and any form of outrage from liberal handwringers has been deafening,” Mr Peters said.
“We are not talking of an outlier here because Dr Sahib is president of the Federation of Islamic Scholars of New Zealand.
“Kiwis reject extremist Islam and any attempt to make us into a South Pacific Middle East.”
Mr Peters suspects Dr Sahib has been advising the government on Halal issues, and wants to know how much he has been paid.
Well done David Seymour and Winston Peters.
The attempt by Susan Devoy to minimise this guy by describing him as an ‘Auckland man’ is exposed by his actual positions. Winston Peters is right, we need to know if any government money is going into his pockets and we need to find out about any Council money too.
I wonder where Louise Upston, the Women’s Affairs Minister is on his misogynist statements about women?
UPDATE: Late last night the NZ Herald posted an article that was mostly a cut/paste of the statement by the hate-speech preacher. You won’t find it easily, it is buried deeply in their site clearly showing that the NZ Herald is taking the side of hate-speech preachers, which is in line with their editorial position of hugging criminals.