The Human Rights Commission has condemned an Auckland man who recently said he would be praying for a gay rights activist to commit suicide.
“New Zealanders who preach hate and violence are fundamentalists, they are extremists and they are the problem,” said Human Rights Commissioner Richard Tankersley.
“Hatemongers who attack gay Kiwis need to know their behaviour has no place in Aotearoa.”
Attacks on gay and transgender New Zealanders are not new but they serve as a reminder that hate and intolerance exists in our communities and our cities.
“This is an appalling case and I know most New Zealanders will find it offensive and unacceptable” said Mr Tankersley.
“I encourage Kiwis to not be bystanders, to stand up if we witness hate attacks whether it’s in a pub, in your church or even on social media. Let victims know they’re not alone: but crucially let perpetrators know New Zealanders will not stand by silent while they spread hate and violence.”
Read the Commission's paper: Balancing rights: Freedom of Religion and Freedom from Discrimination