John Key says he’ll “certainly” meet with Muslim leaders who want to talk to him about tackling potential terrorist threats.
The Federation of Islamic Associations says it hasn’t had a response to written requests to meet with Mr Key to discuss recent anti-terrorism legislation and the decision to send Kiwi troops to Iraq.
“I’ll certainly meet with them, and when I don’t know,” Mr Key told reporters today.
Mr Key says his office gets “hundreds and hundreds” of letters, requests and invitations and he doesn’t “control that process”.
“There’s an army of people who do. But I do see Muslim leaders when I go to things. I am going to a mosque pretty soon I’m aware of, but I’m more than happy to meet Muslim leaders.”
There is a very, very basic test for any Muslim in New Zealand. Â When something happens, are they a New Zealander first, or a Muslim first? Â For example, if a woman wearing a t-shirt and shorts is set upon by men, would a New Zealand Muslim policeman act for the woman, or agree with the men?
The test gets harder when a Muslim blows up a Jewish business. Â Will the Muslims leaders that want to meet with Key condemn the killing of Jews and call for the Muslim to be put through the New Zealand legal system? Â Read more »