Taranaki woman converts to Islam

Interesting piece in the Taranaki Daily News by Helen Harvey.  I Kiwi woman converts to Islam and shares the prejudice that she faces.

A Taranaki woman who has recently converted to Islam says she has been spat on, told to go back where she came from and, during a job interview, told to take off her hijab.

Cherie French did her shahada to convert to Islam last year and now wears a headcovering. A person becomes a Muslim by reciting the Shahada Islamic creed in Arabic.

She had previously worked in retail and last week she went for a job interview at Trick or Treat on Devon St, she said.

“I didn’t say anything about me being Muslim because it was pretty obvious. [The owner] said, can you take that off? It’s not allowed in the shop. I said it was because of my religion. She said, we have a policy there is no hats or sunglasses in the store.”

If you take on a religion that brings with it set of practices that are by and large foreign to the country you were born in, how do you expect people to react?   Read more »

An email from a reader


Yesterday we explored how muslims think they are misunderstood and if we just had remedial classes in understanding them things would get better.

Hello Cam  –  perhaps a talking-point for you:

Thursday last on 3News the NZ islamic top nana was bleating like a goat and shedding camel-tears about the rise of islamophobia.

This got me thinking…he was actually saying a lot more than he realised, because words DO have meanings.

Some objects or conditions engender fear, such as arachnophobia or claustrophobia, but do not result in a vengeful destructive hate for that object or condition.

Amongst these will of course be  islamophobia, which is FEAR of islam (or of islamics) but is not a vengeful and destructive hate for it or them.   Read more »

Young Labour member abuses Act leader, calls him a Jew…coz you know Jews love money


This is what the young up and coming Labour party members have to say about people they disagree with…like the Act party who are proposing to add interest to student loans. For that they get called Jews, and attacked via Facebook.

Stupid bastards, they can fuck right off, as if my $14,000 loan for 1 year wasn’t enough, just slam some interest on there too, bloody top job. Jews

That was Alex Halliwell…he added;  Read more »

What me? Worried about the Press Council? Nup

People have written to me, and plenty of other have written blog posts and tweets suggesting that I would get hammered by the Press Council for my posts.

I’m not so sure.

Have a read of this complaint against the NZ Herald and Bob Jones after his column on women drivers:

1. There are two complaints, by Wendy Allison and Brendon Blue, about a Bob Jones column published in the New Zealand Herald on 22 October 2013, ‘Spare us from road-clogging women’. The complaints are not upheld.

2. In his column Bob Jones claimed that ‘terrified’ women drivers were stopping at roundabouts and causing ‘massive pile-ups’ and delays. They were also blocking the free flow of traffic by persistently driving in the right-hand lane.
3. As for people who complained about him weaving around the women drivers, he said he had suggested to police that they would be ‘doing God’s work by going to the complainants’ homes, beating the crap out of them and burning their houses down’.

4. Ms Allison said the column contributed to a culture in New Zealand of sexism and misogynist violence. It incited violence against women and amounted to hate speech.
5. The attitudes expressed by Jones were common in New Zealand; they were damaging and contributed to discrimination against women. As such as they were in breach of the Press Council’s principle dealing with discrimination.
6. She says the media has a role in influencing cultural attitudes, but the Herald was condoning this negative culture by publishing the column.
7. Mr Blue complained that the column was misleading, discriminatory, perpetuated negative and inaccurate stereotypes. As such, it breached Press Council principles dealing with fairness, accuracy and balance and discrimination.
8. Its representation of women drivers was inaccurate because data suggests that women may be superior drivers. He accepted that the column represented Sir Robert’s opinion, but this did not allow him to mislead readers by omitting information that contradicted his view – namely official accident statistics which Mr Blue supplied to the Press Council.
9. He said the column explicitly and wilfully condoned violence against women and appeared threatening, abusive and insulting. Like Ms Allison he said the column bordered on hate speech.
10. Mr Blue sought an apology from the Herald for publishing the column and asked the newspaper to review Sir Robert’s continued employment as a columnist.   Read more »

#MANBAN “a very clear breach” of the Human Rights act

A bar in Ponsonby Auckland feels things are getting too blokey, and would like to address that by getting some more female bar staff.  Turns out, offering a job with a predetermined intent to avoid employing one gender over another is against the Human Rights Act.

A popular Ponsonby bar has been caught out advertising jobs for women only, a day after the Herald revealed that Masala restaurant in Stanmore Bay had done the same.

Chapel Bar & Bistro posted an online ad saying: “We need female bar & floor staff at Chapel … drop us an email if you or a friend needs a job.”

Owner Luke Dallow said the ad was to be taken “tongue-in-cheek”, but was worded that way because the central Auckland business was seeking gender balance.

The Human Rights Commission said both Masala and Chapel could be in breach of the Human Rights Act.

“Should the commission receive a complaint, it will be dealt with in the usual manner,” a spokeswoman said.

So if a political party states that they want to achieve gender balance by favouring women over men, then not a PEEP from the Human Rights commission, but when a bar owner does it, he’s getting his nuts pulled off by the Herald for being honest about his intent.   Read more »

The Huddle


I wason Larry Williams’ show The Huddle last night with Josie Pagani.

Our topics were:

  1. Jan Logie and her dodgy trip to Sri Lanka
  2. Latest polls
  3. Judge Peter Boshier believes there’s more misogyny around than we would know about, and uses the roast busters footage as an example.

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Ways to avoid becoming a sex pest

With all the murk that has been thrown at me and the Palino campaign in an attempt to distract from Len Brown’s personal failings and his dodgy behaviour people have missed several points.

With regards to the affair it was never about the sex…it was always about the power relationship…Len Brown thinks that he can take advantage of a much younger woman, granting her favours regarding references, jobs and then perks including  what can really only be described as “quickie sex”. Never mind the serious code of conduct breaches.

With all the other evidence piling up in the tipline inbox that needs investigating it seems to me that there is a real problem with Len Brown that transcends a simple affair between consenting adults.

The Guardian has an article that applies in every way to the situation that Len Brown finds himself in.

Following an incident in which a female science blogger was called an “urban whore” for not writing a guest post for free, writer and playwright Monica Byrne updated a year-old post detailing an encounter in which she was sexually harassed, with the revelation that the person in question was Bora Zivkovic, Blogs Editor for Scientific American and a figurehead for the science writing community. Zivkovic confirmed that the incident happened, and many people were left confused and shocked.

Except it turns out that what happened to Byrne may not have been an isolated incident. A Scientific American blogger, Hannah Waters, then posted claims about her experiences with Zivkovic. It has been heartbreaking to see the ensuing flood of stories about personal harassment, abuse, and the legacy of trauma and self-doubt that it leaves. At the same time, it is encouraging to see that many people feel they are now able to come forward and talk about their experiences, and that many are trying to reflect on their own attitudes and beliefs, and learn from the mistakes of others.

So how can leaders combat this pernicious culture of sexism and abuse of power?  Read more »

Fairfax censorship? This is the song they withdrew

This song, from Day Above Ground, called ‘Asian Girlz’, is making all the news all over the world and has more than one million views on Youtube in just 3 days.

Fairfax even had a story about it yesterday…but have now taken the story down. Why is that? Are they censoring news?

Here is a screen shot from Google of their article in the search results.stuff Read more »

Michael Laws on the Man Ban

Michael Laws wades into the Man Ban issue:

One of the great problems with being a white, middle-aged male in New Zealand is that you are never cool, never in vogue and never given a fair go. There is a now cultural acceptance that your ethnicity, generation and gender is responsible for all bad things.

And that the best way to redress your appalling crimes against humanity is to ensure that every other group gets employment, educational and social advantages that will never apply to you. So it is that we are a society of quotas – official and unofficial.

And that being Maori, being young, being a woman, being gay or being disabled actually has its privileges. This is to make up for the accepted fact that white heterosexual older men run the globe.

Such post-modern discrimination is justified on the basis that society is evening the odds. Which fails to recognise that most mainstream males are struggling to make a living, just like everybody else. In any contest between them and others, they are being programmed to lose.   Read more »

UN has the sh*ts with Prosser

There are too many Wogistanis at the UN for him to get away with his comments.

The Government will seriously consider a United Nations condemnation of NZ First MP Richard Prosser’s anti-Muslim comments, Justice and Ethnic Affairs Minister Judith Collins says.

The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination issued a report on New Zealand’s progress at tackling racial discrimination and inequality.  Read more »