‘Ban all Muslim men from flights’

New Zealand politician condemned by PM Key for extreme remarks in newspaper column

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New Zealand Prime Minister John Key condemned the comments made by rival politician Richard Prosser.
40 Gulf News

Wellington: A New Zealand politician has labelled young Muslim men a terrorist threat who should be banned from Western airlines, sparking condemnation from Prime Minister John Key on Tuesday.

Richard Prosser, of the New Zealand First party, also labelled Islam a "stone age religion" in a magazine column, claiming that most terrorists were "angry young Muslim men who hate the West".

"If you are a young male, aged between say about 19 and about 35, and you're a Muslim, or you look like a Muslim, or you come from a Muslim country, then you are not welcome to travel on any of the West's airlines," he wrote.

He added: "I will not stand by while my daughters' rights and freedoms, and those of other New Zealanders and Westerners, are denigrated by a sorry pack of misogynist troglodytes from 'Wogistan'."

Key said Prosser's comments were "appalling", while the right-wing lawmaker's party leader, Winston Peters, rejected them as extreme and one-sided.

"It's an extremist view on a very extremist issue, but you can't lump everyone in the same boat," Peters said.

"Where's the side that says 'I'm not talking about this group of people, the mass majority of Islamic people who are law-abiding and peaceful'?"

Peters did not say if Prosser would face disciplinary action.

Key said Prosser, who has previously called for the burqa to be banned, had deliberately set out to offend in the column for conservative current affairs magazine "Investigate".

"It's stupid and it was premeditated because he wrote it in an opinion piece. It's clearly what New Zealand First think of other New Zealanders," he told reporters.

Former Labour Party politician Kelvin Davis responded to Prosser's remarks with a tweet paraphrasing Mark Twain: "Better to stay silent and have everyone think you're an idiot, than to open your mouth and confirm it."


  • Andy

    Feb 12, 2013 6:14

    I admired New Zealanders as one of model people and civilized westernpeople but it's true that in everyr nest there's a bad egg.

  • cengalig

    Feb 12, 2013 6:12

    I strongly condemn this statement for wrong evaluation on Muslims. Heslipped or his tongue slipped i don't know.

  • Fazil

    Feb 12, 2013 6:04

    "Better to stay silent and have everyone think you're an idiot,than to open your mouth and confirm it." GOOD ONE...

  • Salim khan

    Feb 12, 2013 5:48

    Want To make Headlines, just speak something against Islam andMuslims the biased western media will take it up and you arefamous over night . well its only their feeling of inferiority.


    Feb 12, 2013 5:46

    let me tell you when there is a political differences going in that country, you gotta be careful before jumping into speculation. who iskilling who with words unsaid or wrong interpreted words by someone toblame someone. if you know what i mean to say. a mature mind wouldn'tjump to conclusions. the media plays with the weak mind and creates ahavoc. its the small mind that ignites very fast for they have no roomfor understanding. INVESTIGATE BEFORE YOU SPECULATE. the media plays avery big role. they are very good at manipulating with words. so don'tgo with what you read or hear from others. be a judge of your own don'tgo with the flow.


    Feb 12, 2013 5:32


  • R Jose

    Feb 12, 2013 4:52

    Everyone has the 'space' to live in this world. Unless we consider others equal, the survival will not be peaceful. All religions, faiths are important.


    Feb 12, 2013 4:51

    Absolute tosh from a so called leader, you would neverfind a nicer people and a nicer country than New Zealand.

  • Ashok Sridharan

    Feb 12, 2013 4:41

    Pathetic comments. Says something about the kind of racism that stillexists in some quarters.

  • Nick

    Feb 12, 2013 4:39

    This is Nonsense

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I admired New Zealanders as one of model people and civilized westernpeople but it's true that in everyr nest there's a bad egg.


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