Here’s a rare admission (take note!): I was wrong

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I predicted the replacement “billboard” would be gone by the end of this weekend.  (I guess it still could…).  But something else has happened now:

An Auckland church billboard made famous for its depiction of US politician Donald Trump is in the headlines again as the victim of an Islamic hate act.

The billboard depicting the Republican front-runner for US president – or a cartoon of his likeness – was originally erected outside The Community of Saint Luke church in Remuera last month, where he criticises a crucified Jesus for being a “loser”.

It was stolen just before Easter, but was resurrected after several days.

However, it seems the billboard has proved too much temptation for an anti-Islamic vandal, who has pasted over Trump’s original words with the message “Islam hates us”.

St Luke’s minister Glynn Cardy says the defacement is sobering.

“It seems in the wider Auckland community that there are Christians who believe Islam does hate Christianity,” he said.

“Further, they think this sentiment is shared by Donald Trump.”

Mr Cardy said St Luke’s has run a programme for many years to encourage understanding between different world faiths.

“We know, from personal experience, that Islam does not hate us.”


Explain ISIS, Paris, Brussels, Sweden, Holland and Germany then please. Just for starters.

Local MP David Seymour says while it’s not a surprise, it is disappointing.

He says the vandals have violated the Church’s freedom of speech and private property, two things any Western society should stand for.

Head of the Islamic studies research unit at the University of Auckland, Zain Ali, said he thought the comments on the billboard were misinformed hate speech.

“It’s not reflective of how New Zealand people think. There are questions, difficult questions, but there’s no feeling that Islam hates us,” Dr Ali said.

“Kiwi muslims don’t see themselves as being separate from the rest of New Zealand.”

He said it was unclear if the message was supposed to be about the western world, or Trump supporters, or New Zealanders.

It’s a tricky mess, that’s for sure.


– Newshub, NZ Herald

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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