A senator from Queensland, Australia, has caused widespread outrage after releasing a statement on the New Zealand Mosque shooting that has widely been slammed as “disgusting”, “reprehensible”, and an attempt at “blaming the victims”.
Another Australian politician, Martin Pakula, slammed Fraser Anning as “human garbage” following the issuing of the statement. The statement started with “strong condemnation” over the shootings and Anning saying he was “utterly opposed to any violence within our community” – referring to both Australia and New Zealand – but soon descended into an attack on Islam and the “immigration program” which has led to the presence of Muslims in the two countries.
The senator said the attack “highlights the growing fear in our community … of the increasing Muslim presence”. READ MORE: New Zealand police warn gunman’s mosque shooting footage is real “As always, left-wing politicians and the media will rush to claim that the cause of today’s shootings lie with gun laws or those who hold nationalist views but this is all cliched nonsense,” the statement continues.
“The real cause of the bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place.” The statement goes on to say that while Muslims “may be the victims today”, they are usually “the perpetrators”, and “are killing people in the name of their faith on an industrial scale”.
Anning then turns his attention to the religion of Islam as a whole, calling it a “violent ideology”, “the religious equivalent of fascism”, and a “savage belief” system.