Would NZ MP’s Suggestion to Ban Young Male Muslims from Western Airlines Spark a Jihad?
By Vittorio Hernandez | February 13, 2013 11:52 AM EST
A New Zealand MP could be stirring a hornet's nest or even spark calls for a jihad over his proposal to ban young Muslims from flying on Western airlines.
Richard Prosser, New Zealand First MP, made the suggestion on in a column in Investigate magazine in response to the confiscation of his Swiss army knife at Christchurch Airport caused by tight aviation security regulations.
"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, of you come from a Muslim country, then you are not welcome to travel on any of the West's airlines," he wrote.
"If the greatest identifiable threat to modern aviation security is posed by young Muslim males, then surely the answer is to prohibit young Muslim males from flying on our aeroplanes," the MP said.
Mr Prosser stressed that not all followers of the Islam religion are terrorists, but pointed out that most terrorists were Muslims who are vent on attacking the Western world. He described Islam as a Stone Age religion.
The MP is known for his concerns about security as shown in his questions in the New Zealand Parliament.
Fellow New Zealand politicians disagreed with Mr Prosser's proposal.
Winston Peters, leader of the New Zealand First party, said the column was out of line and stressed it was not a party stand.
"It's an extremist view on a very extremist issue, but you can't lump everyone in the same boat . . . 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?" Mr Peters said.
Prime Minister John Key said Mr Prosser's suggestion is appalling.
"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," Mr Key said.
Hone Harawira, leader of the Mana Party, said the MP's comments were racist and has no basis.
"It's kinda like saying that no 19- to 35-year-old white guys should be allowed to go anywhere because they cause so many wars around the world," Mr Harawira said.
Judith Collins, the ethnic affairs minister, described the MPs comments as disappointing and could embarrass New Zealand in the international community.
"New Zealand values diversity and prides itself on being an inclusive society . . . Muslims in New Zealand are also a diverse community - it is simply appalling to profile people based on their religion, skin colour, country of origin or perceived stereo-typed look as Mr Prosser has done," she said.
Mr Prosser had other controversial suggestions in the past. In 2011, he pushed for a ban on the use of the burqa, a cloth used by Muslim women to cover their face, and he proposed that bank tellers, dairy owners and taxi drivers to be armed.
There has so far been no reaction among Muslims to Mr Prosser's proposal, although extremist Islam followers are known to respond negatively to insults to their religion such as the case of Salman Rushdie who authored the controversial The Satanic Verses which was inspired by the life of Muhammad. The novel, Mr Rushdie's fourth, earned him a fatwa, a juristic ruling concerning Islamic law that is not binding, which called for the writer's assassination..
In 2005, the publication by a Danish newspaper of 12 cartoons caricaturing Muhammad sparked riots and violent demonstrations in Muslim nations in protest,
The offensive cartoon led to a call for a holy war or jihad.
An expert described the three stages to a holy war in the following video.
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