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Christchurch Massacre: There Are No Excuses

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An image grab from TV New Zealand taken on March 15, 2019 shows a victim arriving at a hospital following the mosque shooting in Christchurch. - At least one gunman who targeted crowded mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch killed a number of people, police said, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern describing the shooting as 'one of New Zealand's darkest days'. (Photo: TV NEW ZEALAND / AFP / Getty Images)
An image grab from TV New Zealand taken on March 15, 2019 shows a victim arriving at a hospital following the mosque shooting in Christchurch. – At least one gunman who targeted crowded mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch killed a number of people, police said, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern describing the shooting as ‘one of New Zealand’s darkest days’. (Photo: TV NEW ZEALAND / AFP / Getty Images)

Our editor-in-chief, David Harris, takes a look at likely reactions to the Christchurch massacre in which some 40 Muslim worshipers lost their lives. Our hearts go out to their families.

This post will be short and to the point.

In the hours following this abomination, we’ve already seen posts in social media from people who are nothing more than online thugs writing things like “good riddance.”

We know there will be emails from those who will not condemn this tragedy, or will say “if they attack us what do they expect in return,” or “they invaded our shores and refuse to live our way of life.”

Every law-abiding citizen is entitled to live. They are entitled to pray. They are entitled to follow any faith they want. As long as the actions of an individual or group do not unfairly impinge on the freedoms of another individual or group they cannot be targeted for what they believe.

Muslims are as good as you. Muslims are as good as me. We are all born “in the image of god.”

The hatred from radical Islamists, the far Left and in this case one Brenton Tarrant, who appears to be from the other end of the spectrum (even if he proves to be “mentally disturbed”), is killing us.

Literally.

We live in a deeply divided world, with the hate amplified by so-called technological advances. A racist sitting in their living room in Iowa or Pakistan can sow the seeds of hate with the press of a few keyboard buttons and some fairly rudimentary knowledge of social-media exploitation.

Let’s use Friday, March 15, 2019 as a day to bring people of all creeds closer to one another, rather than as a day that increases the divide between us. Those of us on the front-line of the fight against intolerance, and I am proud to say that is where Clarion sits, bow our heads in shame today and in memory of those who lost their lives.

As our colleague in the challenge to extremism Asra Nomani wrote in response to the manifesto written by the New Zealand killer: “My deep sorrow to the #christchurch #shooting victims & New Zealand. Islamists will exploit the tragedy to focus on white supremacists. Osama bin Laden spoke (A) against ‘the invaders.’ The New Zealand killer wrote (B) against ‘the invaders.’ Let us reject ALL extremism.”

 

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David Harris

David Harris is the editor in chief of Clarion Project.