New Zealanders have been outraged at a religious science magazine being accused of ‘hate speech’.

The New Zealand Herald claims a religious studies magazine, The Religion Project, is guilty ‘of defamation’ over its use of ‘excessive’ language.

The New Zealander-owned publication is the subject of a federal complaint lodged by the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) and the New Zealand Bar Association (NZBA) against the publication’s editor and senior executive for alleged defamation.

“There is no doubt that The Religion is offensive in its content, which includes derogatory references to the Muslim faith, and the use of derogatory language, including slurs and epithets,” the complaint states.

“This is the same conduct which is alleged to have led to a number of Muslim members being banned from entering New Zealand in the past.”

The Herald claims the magazine’s publication of a “sedition” article on the ‘secularisation’ of Islam is ‘reprehensible’ and the publication is “alleged to have published false, defamatory, defaming and defamilitating comments about Muslims and their faith”.”

The Religion Project has no legitimate basis for its publication.”

The Herald claims the magazine’s publication of a “sedition” article on the ‘secularisation’ of Islam is ‘reprehensible’ and the publication is “alleged to have published false, defamatory, defaming and defamilitating comments about Muslims and their faith”.

It says the article, titled ‘Secularisation is a threat to our way of life and to our society’, is “in breach of the Human Rights Act and the Nuremberg Code”.

The Herald alleges the article “discriminates against Muslims” and “misconstrues the Muslim religion as a faith that is under attack by Western culture”.

“The article is deeply offensive to Muslims and to all Muslims,” it alleges.

The complaint seeks an injunction to prevent the publication from publishing.

The Religion Report is published by the New Zealands largest newspaper, The Herald.

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