March 27, 2019
Brash defends free speech stance in Christchurch backlash
Hobson‘s pledge founder Don Brash is rejecting any suggestion the positions he promotes contributes to an environment that could encourage people like the alleged Christchurch mosque shooter.
Hobson’s Pledge has led a campaign that blocked the creation of any new Māori seats in this year’s local government elections, and he also went to bat on free speech grounds for a pair of Islamaphobic speakers to be allowed to use Auckland Council facilities.
He says the massacre in Christchurch was about religion, not colour, but his group has never favoured any discrimination on the basis of race or religion.
"Hobson’s Pledge has never has a position on immigration and our position on race in New Zealand is we want every citizen to have equal political rights whether they are Māori, European, Asian, or whatever, so to accuse us of racism is literally a lie," Mr Brash says.
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