New Zealand mosque shooting: Queensland senator blames "Muslim presence" for terror attack, says 'they are the perpetrators'
He said that the attack highlights the 'growing fear within our community, both in Australia and New Zealand, of the increasing Muslim presence'
Queensland senator Fraser Anning has come forward to blame "increasing Muslim presence" as a reason behind the horrifying Christchurch terror attack that claimed the lives of 49 people so far. In a statement, Anning, who was kicked out of the Katter's Australian Party last year after his much-criticized "final solution" speech, said that while he did not agree with any form of violence and that he condemned the gunman's actions, he said that the attack highlights the "growing fear within our community, both in Australia and New Zealand, of the increasing Muslim presence"
I wonder if there will be as much outrage from the left wing when the next Muslim terrorist attack occurs?— Senator Fraser Anning (@fraser_anning) March 15, 2019
Most likely silence and talk about “lone wolf attacks, mental illness and no connection to Islam”.
He added in a statement, "As always, left-wing politicians and the media will rush to claim that the causes of today’s shootings lie with gun laws or those who hold nationalist views but this is all clichéd nonsense. The real cause of bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place." Senator Anning added that while Muslims "may have been the victims today, usually they are the perpetrators".
“It is the religious equivalent of fascism,” he said.
He ended his speech with a passage from the bible and said those who followed a violent religion that called on them to murder “cannot be too surprised when someone takes them at their word and responds in kind”.
While evidence of him sharing that statement has been removed from his social media counts, reports News.com he also tweeted:
Does anyone still dispute the link between Muslim immigration and violence?— Senator Fraser Anning (@fraser_anning) March 15, 2019
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison criticized the statement calling it "disgusting". He tweeted, "The remarks by Senator Fraser Anning blaming the murderous attacks by a violent, right-wing, extremist terrorist in New Zealand on immigration are disgusting. Those views have no place in Australia, let alone the Australian Parliament." Former Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull also commented on the statement, calling Anning a "disgrace". "Fraser Anning’s comments today are contemptible. He is a disgrace to the Senate and what is worse by spreading hatred and turning Australians against each other he is doing exactly what the terrorists want."
The right wing politician @fraser_anning is a fuelling ideologue behind the #Christchurchattack & he still poisoned in his statement by blaming Muslims for the attack as a reaction.— Noor Dahri (@dahrinoor2) March 15, 2019
I completely reject his statement, Terrorism is Terrorism & there is no justification of it. #ITCT pic.twitter.com/0Npl0DdhQX
The rest of Twitter also had strong words for the statement. "Fraser Anning needs to work on his word economy. His 295-word press release could have said exactly the same thing in 3 words. The first two being “I’m a”. #FraserAnning" one user said while another added, "'White supremacy (your ideology) killed these people. Shut the f*** up and have some respect." Another user said, "Resign. You do not deserve to stand representative of the Australian people."