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Christians and Jews Condemn Prosser's Statements

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Wellington Council of Christians and Jews

Christians and Jews Condemn Prosser's Statements

14 February 2013
Wellington

The Wellington Council of Christians and Jews today formally denounced the statements made by New Zealand First MP Richard Prosser in his recent article in Investigate magazine.

Christian Co-Chair Reverend Jenny Chalmers said, “We are astounded that a New Zealand magazine would publish such bigoted nonsense. Mr Prosser’s writing could influence and incite hatred based on a person’s appearance or religious adherence. Not only is that morally wrong, it places in jeopardy the freedoms that we New Zealanders, including over 50,000 Muslims, cherish.”

Jewish Co-Chair Dave Moskovitz added, “We would like to invite Mr Prosser to visit the Wellington Islamic Centre with us to meet some real Muslims, and dispel his stereotypes. If he wants to make further comment after that, so be it, but it would be after having had a chance to meet some of the good citizens that are affected by his writing.”

ENDS

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