Terrific to see a decent jail term for the Dunedin man who abused a Muslim woman at a bus-stop, and then followed her to a book-store. Such behaviour is repulsive.
More difficult is the issue of Muslims complaining they are enduring longer inspections at airports. While it would be wrong to have a blanket policy to target everyone of a particular group, it is near inevitable that profiling would include a greater number of Muslims. Just as young single men have traditionally also usually attracted greater attention from border control agencies.
Less controversial, and praise-worthy, is the proposal for local Muslim associations to vet new members, to minimise the possibility of infiltration from radical or criminal factions.Tags: New Zealand