Gordon Campbell’s August 2 article ‘When it doesn’t hurt to be ignored’ contains a crass misrepresentation.
John Key is quoted as saying ‘‘If it is an act of global terrorism then I think what it shows is that no country, large or small, is immune from that risk’’.
Had John said unequivocally, ‘‘It is an act of . . .’’ then he would be fair game for criticism.
Yet Gordon unequivocally states that Norwegian terrorist Anders Breveik was a ‘‘far right Christian fundamentalist’’, which is not borne out in his manifesto.
Breveik wrote, ‘‘It is therefore essential to understand the difference between a ‘Christian fundamentalist theocracy’ (everything we do not want) and a secular European society based on our Christian cultural heritage (what we do want).’’
Further on, Breveik explains that a perfect Europe will come about through ‘‘logic’’. He states, ‘‘logic’’ and rationalist thought (a certain degree of national Darwinism) should be the fundament of our societies.’’
Wouldn’t it be an unfair slur to claim he was a ‘‘far right Freemason’’ since he was a member, who sees them as ‘‘fine representatives and curators (keepers of cultural heritage)’’?
Even if used unwittingly, the term ‘‘far right Christian fundamentalist’’ is discriminatory.
ANDREW McINTOSH, Whitby. use the parks closest and most convenient for them, too bad about the valid disabled users who may have needed those parks.
I watched as a couple of ablebodied men packed up their car while a valid user of the disabled park waited and waited and waited.
I also watched as a rather large lady pulled up and used the disabled parks to go and purchase some chippies and chocolate. Shame on those people.
ANGELA BRAY, Pauatahanui.
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