MISS­ING THE POINT

The Tribune (NZ) - - VIEWS -

Mar­garet Mur­rell, your racism is piti­ful as is your abun­dance of chris­tian in­tol­er­ance. My mes­sage about mi­grants said noth­ing about Mus­lims or Is­lam. My point is that we need to stop tak­ing all mi­grants so we can con­cen­trate on look­ing af­ter our own poor and des­ti­tute.

I think you may be un­aware that the num­ber of Chris­tians in New Zealand is out­num­bered by the ‘‘other’’. Only 46 per cent of New Zealan­ders iden­tify them­selves as Chris­tian.

Now for Ray Al­cock: I ama thor­ough­bred New Zealan­der; Im not Euro­pean and I’m def­i­nitely not Pakeha; I am­pale skinned.

Hav­ing said that, I don’t like cricket; I don’t like rugby and get an­noyed atRWC time when it’s pushed down our throats.

Peo­ple may not like the same sports as you, just like they prob­a­bly don’t like the same mu­sic as you. We are all in­di­vid­ual and have our owns likes and dis­likes – like I dis­like nar­row-minded big­ots.

As for this ir­ra­tional is­sue you have with ‘‘back­pack­ers’’, you are aware they are only here tem­po­rar­ily, on hol­i­day, much like you have prob­a­bly been to Bris­bane or the Gold Coast on hol­i­day. Does that make you an im­mi­grant?

AlWin­der Palmer­ston North

MIGRATORYMIGRAINES

Thank you Tri­bune editor for tak­ing a deep breath and pub­lish­ing let­ters from un­e­d­u­cated, racist id­iots all in the name of rep­re­sent­ing ev­ery­body’s point of view in your pub­li­ca­tion­per­son­ally I’d strug­gle not to mi­grate that to the bin.

Ray seemed to be all cock and bull in his in­co­her­ent ram­blings about our ‘‘ever in­creas­ing im­mi­gra­tion". One would think that he had time to find some com­mon ground given that he has been rub­bing shoul­ders with ‘‘a few Chi­nese’’ at the TAB.

Mar­garet the ‘Chris­tian’ can ‘‘fore­tell the fu­ture’’ and says our taxes are go­ing to rise to pay for ‘‘them’’. Her ‘go away Mus­lims’ at­ti­tude does not have the ring of love about it.

Are Mar­garet and Ray con­fused about the dif­fer­ence be­tween im­mi­grants and refugees? If bod­ies wash­ing up on the shores of a beach do not paint a clear enough pic­ture about how des­per­ate th­ese peo­ple are then surely noth­ing will. They don’t need your vi­ciously used la­bels – they are peo­ple – they need help.

Surely you won’t only of­fer help to Chris­tians or peo­ple of a par­tic­u­larly de­sir­able eth­nic­ity. Mi­grate your at­ti­tudes Ray and Mar­garet, we don’t need this kind of be­hav­iour here. The Tri­bune wel­comes let­ters. They should not ex­ceed 250 words and must carry a gen­uine name, home ad­dress and day­time phone num­ber. Pref­er­ence is given to let­ters ex­clu­sive to The Tri­bune. Let­ters may be edited, abridged or omit­ted with­out ex­pla­na­tion. They can be emailed to tri­bune@msl.co.nz or posted to PO Box 3, Palmer­ston North to be re­ceived by 4pm on the Thurs­day prior to pub­li­ca­tion.

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