Southern and Molyneux have controversial opinions on feminism, gender, and especially Islam.
The Islamic community unsurprisingly voiced their opposition.
Hazim Afra, president of the New Zealand Federation of Islam Associates, said the following:
“[She] abuses her right of freedom of speech. She’s just going to give a talk in which she’s just going to insult all of us,” Mr Arafeh said.
“I don’t think insulting Muslims comes under free speech, that’s an abuse of freedom of speech.
“I’m talking on behalf of 50,000 to 60,000 Muslims in New Zealand who are going to face a very hard time by all the comments she is going to make.”
I’m not going to lie: I find people like Southern and Molyneux racist and Islamophobic.
However, in the end, I also believe that they, just like everyone else, want a better society for everyone to live in.
And, we should let those who do not agree with us voice their views.
Southern and Molyneux should be allowed to speak at council venues.