One of my criticisms of Islam, has been the near silence from moderate ledaers when extreme statements are made in the name of Islam.
Muslim MP Ashraf Choudary has added some sanity to the debate about the young woman who has claimed she would rather die than remove her veil.
Choudhary has said the Koran calls for Muslim men and women to dress modestly, but face-covering was more cultural than religious.
Mr Choudary has also said that it is desirable to integrate into local society, become part of local customs, and that New Zealand is not a country for extremists or extremist views.
Thank you Ashraf for the bout of sanity.