Muslim MP Ashraf Choudhary will not condemn the traditional
punishment of stoning to death some homosexuals and people who have extra-marital affairs.
But the Labour MP - who has struggled with his "role" as the sole parliamentary representative of the local Muslim community - is not advocating the practice here.
Mr Choudhary once again found himself between a rock and a hard place on questions of Islam when he appeared on TV3's
programme last night.
It was examining warnings about extreme fundamentalism within New Zealand's Islamic community.
Mr Choudhary was asked: "Are you saying the
is wrong to recommend that gays in certain circumstances be stoned to death?"
He replied: " No, no. Certainly what the
says is correct.
"In those societies, not here in New Zealand," he added.