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Muslims slam anti-gay comments

Mon 25 Jul 2005 In: New Zealand Daily News

The National Islamic Organisation in New Zealand has spoken out against comments by a Canterbury Muslim who criticised MP Chris Carter's visit to an Auckland Mosque, calling him a "raging homosexual". Muslim Association of Canterbury social secretary Abdullah Drury sent an email to a Muslim Internet group, criticising Carter for appearing at a Mosque. He was attending a public meeting, held to promote better understanding of Islam and a better relationship between Muslims and the wider New Zealand community, after attacks on a number of Mosques this month. National Islamic Association President Javed Khan called Drury's comments “destructive” and “counter-productive”, saying that his comments “show Muslims in a bad light… as if they are intolerant of people with different sexual orientation and different views… that was not right… he does not help our cause at all.” He also told The Christchurch Press that "(Islamic law) says that we must accept the law of the country we live in. This country recognises homosexuals and their rights". Abdullah Drury said afterwards that he was embarrassed about the attention his comments had received, suggesting that his personal views, expressed privately online, had been "blown out of proportion".    

Credit: News Staff

First published: Monday, 25th July 2005 - 12:00pm

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