Sunday, July 30, 2006

New Zealand politician called racist for something.

New Zealand: I say something because I don't see anything wrong with what he said given this news report.

A prominent New Zealand politician was accused of racism on Saturday after a speech in which he said immigrants who did not accept the country's "bedrock values" should not be allowed to stay. Don Brash, leader of the conservative opposition National Party, defined the values as "an acceptance of democracy and the rule of law, religious and personal freedom and legal equality of the sexes". Diversity in society was fine, but there could be too much of a good thing, he said told an immigration consultants' conference on Friday, likening it to drinking red wine. "A certain amount is good for one's health - too much too quickly alters your personality and can be thoroughly bad." Brash, who is the shadow prime minister, refused to specify who he was talking about, but Muslim group leaders had no doubt it was their people. Javed Khan, president of the Federation of Islamic Associations, told Radio New Zealand the speech made it clear that Brash wanted immigrants to fit his view of a mainstream New Zealander, and therefore excluded people like Muslims. Pancha Narayanan, president of the Federation of Ethnic Councils, said a comment by Brash that immigrants should have a good command of English, or quickly learn the language, was a sign that he would prefer them to come from English-speaking countries. He said the speech had an element of racism and an anti-Muslim tone. New Zealand's Race Relations Commissioner Joris De Bres ducked for cover, refusing to intervene and saying he would leave the debate on Brash's speech up to the public.
Khan saying Muslims cannot be in the mainstream of society, adapting to the norms and values of whatever country they choose to live? Narayanan complaint is just stupid, it means you idiot that people who move to a country should learn what the majority of people are speaking as a common language, this case English. Via Tim Blair.

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