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An open letter to Richard Prosser

James Robins | View Archive February 12, 2013, 5:02 pm

UPDATED 12/2/12 8.07PM

Dear Mr Richard Prosser,

You recently called for a ban on Muslims travelling in aeroplanes, and while your fears are reasonable, I’d like to take a minute and explain why you’re nothing more than a xenophobe hiding in the undergarments of reason.

I, like you, would feel slightly nervous taking my seat on a plane only to find my in-flight companion was a Muslim muttering about destroying the West, setting fire to McDonalds and Britney Spears, and spending the rest of eternity deflowering virgins.

But, my dear Richard, I would feel the same way sitting next to a Catholic priest, or an Orthodox Jew.

(Chiefly because the man’s payot would probably droop all over my shoulders, and if there’s one thing that I can’t stand on aeroplanes, it’s the invasion of the personal space bubble)

Y’see, each of these people has been proved, historically speaking, capable of intolerable and despicable crimes: the Crusades, the Holocaust, the systematic oppression of Palestine, and countless acts of terrorism (9/11, 7/7, Madrid, Rwanda, etc) to name but a few.

Despite this, it’s inherently true that all Muslims, Catholics, and Jews are not terrorists.

And here’s where you make your mistake.

If we’re to ban all people “who look like Muslims” from travelling in planes, we swiftly enter the filthy quagmire of outright racism: judging potential commuters by the colour of their skin alone.

And you were doing so well up until that point! Instead, you go on to brand most Middle East nations with the blanket term “Wogistan”.

Presumably this means Thailand and Malaysia, too?

Now, I grant you that fundamentalist Muslims wouldn’t be hard to spot at the customs gate, but if a white, bearded chap (let’s imagine he looks something like Bob Dylan in the mid-80s) plops his bags on the conveyor belt, wouldn’t you let him through?

I’d like to think – correct me if I’m wrong – we’ve reached a stage in our society where the decision to ban someone from flying is based on their likelihood to blow the plane up, rather than something so damn trivial as their appearance.

These are the reasons why your idea is the most oppressive, and frankly, white supremacist opinion ever uttered from the mouth of an MP since John Banks stepped out of the closet as a Creationist.

But this is the price we pay for freedom of speech, isn’t it? Silly people saying silly things, simply because they have a platform.

It just so happens that your platform is a touch taller than Average Joe’s.

Let’s hope you fall further, too.

Regards,

James

UPDATE: A few comments below have berated me for pandering to PC opinions and defending Islamic extremism, when this simply isn’t true. If you read back through my older columns, you will find many points about the destructive nature of organised religion. I make no apologies for terror attacks, plain and simple. But these things have to be reasoned. Islam is not a violent religion, but a religion hijacked by violent people, just as every other belief system can be twisted in to a vehicle for foul actions. Either way, thanks for reading!

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  1. 05:57pm Sunday 28th April 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Boston bomings tells the tale - proof in the pudding lies in the eating.

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  2. Ninus-703:00pm Friday 15th March 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    In the interests of maintaining 'diversity', how about diverse cultures stay diverse?

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  3. Yehoshua06:22pm Tuesday 05th March 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Ja, if you knew your history you would know that christianity is a man made religion just as Orthodox Judaism and Islam is. The beginnings of all three are traceable but, the Scriptures are true in every respect. Once you understand where and how the three main religions started you then understand why they're so corrupt and do not adhere to the book they all started from / in. Yes i know about christianities early history but they are no longer killing in the name of their religion and haven't done since the deal they did with Hitler in WW2 to wide out the Jews. Unfortunately because of these generic religions a high proportion of people do not believe the Scriptures because all they see is hypocrisy which is fair enough but, if you are truly seeking the life we are meant to have and inherit soon, read the Scriptures for yourself from start to finish without any christian telling you how to read it. His word will speak to you if you are earnest in your search. If you are not then do not waste your time as you will see and hear nothing. Time is short for this planet but not for those who live according to His Righteousness, Wisdom, Light equals Life.

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  4. 09:30am Tuesday 05th March 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    the best thing for the beehive will be for a #$%$ to blow it up! I will be giving children sweets to celebrate it like in the Gaza concerntration camp after the false flag terror operation called 9/11 where the sheep of america went with the goat Bush!

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  5. Ja03:21pm Monday 04th March 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    No Hone I'm not german. I just realise and many don't, that the west has caused and killed and pushed their way of life onto most of the world and made so many live under them and accept it. It is still happening today. So many are complaining about Muslims taking over. Whats the difference. The white man has always taken over other peoples land and force their culture and religion on others. The difference is that the west has and does it out of greed, but this seems to be accepted, because it has not been them feeling the pain of there actions. They have felt the rewards of there greed and take over. It has been others that have felt the pain. The movement of Islam is a reaction to the horror and properganda that has been put upon them. Remeber for every action there is a reaction. This is why the west is crumbling. Every empire crumbles eventually. When it becomes so debourched and corrupt, it starts turning in on itself and others revolt.

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  6. Typo03:19pm Monday 04th March 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Finally James you appear to have reasoned several ideas. Yet, contrarily say that you hope Prosser falls further than anyone. If you are a Christian or Muslim your entire article is senselessly written. Oppression is when thoughts are actioned against another group who believes differently. I dont see him doing that do you? He opined and that is all it was do you think that the Govt of this country would activate his opinions to satisfy the folk who believe him....definitely NO! That is your mistake in your abberations of Prosser's opinining....after all thats all it was.

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  7. Typo03:09pm Monday 04th March 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Granted religion is not the problem its the fanatics who without rhyme or reason attempts to destroy a group simply because of their own delusional fanatism of their personal beliefs.....its about freedom of choice. The choice to uphold and love one another as a credo rather than practice the opposite. The most diabolical are those who sit on the sidelines saying one thing but doing nowt about it. These are they who need a good kick up the rear end. Its not about racism either its ingrained fanatism of a belief system contrary to their own.

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  8. Typo02:59pm Monday 04th March 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Prosser is the voice of reasoning.... is he is right? Too many dumbos think he isnt why? Tis his truth that some folk find hard to swallow why? I see the vast majority of Muslims who allows the bombing to occur by their silence, The killing of their own women, children and men are dying for what? To prove a point against the west? 9/11 that was against whom? America? The majority of the those people killed came from all corners of the world not just the USA. There is no rhyme nor reason to their bitterness against the innocent. Christians nations are no better either.

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  9. being honest needs to be ok!02:55pm Monday 04th March 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Muslim Clerics are using the same method to manipulate as Hitler did, we have to do something to stop this now. I do not want to live in a Muslim country, stop bring them into NZ please

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  10. F l a n g e02:39pm Monday 04th March 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    A powerful politcal force with the aim of destroying our great way of life and our freedoms was headed our way after WW2 and ANZACs were put into very costly wars along with Americans to try stopping this other force. That enemy force was called Communism. This was occurring in the 50s 60s and 70s. A powerful political force with the aim of destroying our great way of life and our freedoms is headed our way NOW and ANZACs and OTHER people are dying at the hands of the people of this force. IT is called ISLAM. Like the communists earlier, they have no time frame but they have the same goal. Total takeover of us and our way of life. I don't like the sound of it at all. They are already amongst us and they breed faster than we 'westerners' breed. Regular gossip tells of a great drain on the welfare systems of European countries already infiltrated by the people of this force. In 30 years time, your kid's kids will not live the way that we live, just now. That's BAD ! STOP MUSLIM IMMIGRATION ! ! !

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