Have Immigration NZ considered what will happen if they set this precedent?

Wallabies playmaker Israel Folau could be refused entry to New Zealand due to homophobic comments he made on social media.


Australian rugby superstar Israel Folau could be banned from entering New Zealand for his “bigotry against homosexuals”, a former immigration minister says.

The 29-year-old Wallabies fullback is facing intense criticism for a homophobic comment he made on social media platform Instagram.End of quote:

Immigration New Zealand need to seriously consider the precedent they will set if they ban Folau because, if they do, then most, if not all of the Australian National Imams Council, for example, will also have to be banned based on their public statements.Quote:

Gay and lesbian people should be put to death or otherwise punished under sharia […] The Australian National Imams Council, of which Sheik ­Alsuleiman is president, has at least three executive members who believe the only punishment for homosexuality is the death penalty, according to Islamic law.End of quote.

If Immigration New Zealand bar sportsman Israel Folau for what they have labelled an “anti-gay comment” then they will be setting a precedent that could arguably be used to prevent Muslim imams and clerics from entering New Zealand.

The Koran, the hadiths and Islamic law (the sharia) are very clear about homosexuals: Quote:

What is Islam’s position on the treatment of homosexuals?

Islam goes beyond merely disapproving of homosexuality. Sharia teaches that homosexuality is a vile form of fornication, punishable by death.End of quote.

If Wallabies playmaker Israel Folau is banned for saying that God’s plan for gay people was “Hell… unless they repent of their sins and turn to God” then surely all Muslim clerics and imams who not only teach that they will go to hell but also that they should be killed should also be banned from entering New Zealand. Quote:

The 29-year-old Wallabies fullback is facing intense criticism for a homophobic comment he made on social media platform Instagram.

[…] Former immigration minister Tuariki Delamere, who now works as an immigration lawyer, said under New Zealand law border control officers should refuse Folau entry.

[…] Under the Immigration Act any person who the immigration minister has reason to believe is, or is likely to be, a threat or risk to public order, or the public interest is not eligible for a visa or permission to enter New Zealand.End of quote.

If having religious views about homosexuals makes a person a threat or risk to public order then surely Muslims who believe that homosexuals should be killed are a far greater risk than a sportsperson who thinks that if they don’t repent that they will go to hell? If Immigration New Zealand ban Israel Folau then they may as well institute a Muslim ban for New Zealand because if they place the bar that low then the precedent they set will effectively create exactly that.


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