Senator Blames Muslims After White Supremacists Attack New Zealand Mosques

Much of the world woke up on Friday to the shocking and gruesome news out of New Zealand that one or more shooters had attacked two mosques in the city of Christchurch, killing at least 49 people and wounding many more.

Three people are now in custody and at least one of the shooters livestreamed the attack and posted a manifesto expressing racist and white supremacist beliefs and calling muslims “invaders.” At this stage the massacre therefore appears to be both a terrorist attack and hate crime specifically targeting muslims.

It’s the type of senseless act and mind-boggling death toll that stuns most thinking, feeling people before hopefully spurring them into action.

Fraser Anning, a senator from neighboring Australia didn’t see it that way however, issuing a statement about the massacre that caused immediate outrage.

After briefly decrying “any form of violence” and condemning “the actions of the gunman” Anning’s statement goes on to spend the next several paragraphs blaming muslim immigrants for such acts of violence, saying:

“However, whilst this kind of violent vigilantism can never be justified, what it highlights is the growing fear in our community, both in Australia and New Zealand, of the increasing Muslim presence.”

Anning’s statement goes on to brush off the idea that guns could be part of the problem before doubling down on his anti-Muslim position, saying:

“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.”

It takes a special sort of insane bigot to respond to a deadly massacre and somehow make things worse.

The Queensland senator didn’t stop there, going on to denounce the religion of Islam as “the religious equivalent of fascism” and literally blaming the victims for their own murders, saying:

“Just because the followers of this savage belief were not the killers in this instance, does not make them blameless.”

He concludes by quoting the Bible and giving the distinct impression that he would welcome exactly the sort of race war that white supremacists often fantasize about.

“As we read in Matthew 26:52, ‘all they that take the sword, shall perish by the sword’ and those who follow a violent religion that calls on them to murder us, cannot be too surprised when someone takes them at their word and responds in kind.”

Then entire statement is downright bonkers and vile and amounts to  victim-blaming at its worst.

Anning’s remarks were met with widespread shock and disgust.