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Anti-Muslim violence in New Zealand

2019-MAR: Gun Reforms.
Alarm about Muslim Support.
Call to Prayer broadcast.
Mosque Reopened.

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2019-MAR-20 update:

Hunting & Fishing New Zealand is one of the largest gun retailers in the country. Its CEO Darren Jacobs issued a statement concerning semi-automatic weapons like the AR-15. He said:

"While we have sold them in the past to a small number of customers, last week’s events have forced a reconsideration that has led us to believe such weapons of war have no place in our business — or our country."

They have also decided to no longer sell firearms online. 1

Both Robert Bowers who has been charged with killing 11 worshipers at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA during 2018-OCT and Benton Tarrant who has now been charged with the Christchurch mass murder spent extensive time on social media platforms specializing in religious hatred, Both believed that religious minorities were planning to commit "white genocide" in order to phase out white people in their country. 1

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A positive, humorous and slightly vulgar note on inter-faith relationships:

A message found on a Facebook page:

"A Muslim, a Jew, a Christian and an Atheist all walk into a coffee shop..."

"... and they talk, laugh, drink coffee and become good friends."

"This is not a joke."

"It's what happens when your 're not an a--hole."

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2019-MAR-21: NZ Prime Minister says gun laws will change soon:

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stated:

"On 15th March our history changed forever. Now, our laws will too. We are announcing action today on behalf of all New Zealanders to strengthen our gun laws and make our country a safer place.

All semi-automatic weapons used during the terrorist attack on Friday 15th [of] March will be banned.” 2

The PM expects the new laws to be in place by April 11th. It will include a buy-back scheme in which the Government will purchase banned weapons from their owners. The buy-back program could cost up to NZ $200 million, which is equivalent to about US $ 140 million. 1

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2019-MAR-21: Michelle Kaufman, writing for Life Site News, expressed alarm:

She is a New Zealander who expressed concern over the reaction by people in her country to the killing of 50 and the wounding of 48 Muslims in two Christchurch Mosques. She reacted negatively to the caring, concern, and support being extended by her fellow citizens towards those who were killed or wounded, their families, and to New Zealand Muslims generally. 3

Writing for an evangelical Christian web site, she was concerned that:

  • Police officers and others are wearing green ribbons as a symbol peace and solidarity towards the victims.

  • Police continue to be assigned to protect Muslim mosques.

  • Vigils are being held to support the victims and their families.

  • Jordan Peterson, the author of the book "12 Rules for Life," 4 was photographed in New Zealand with a person wearing an anti-Islamic T-shirt. Afterwards, the leading book store in the country remove Peterson's book from their shelves.

  • On MAR-19, a Muslim prayer was recited in Parliament. Previously, prayers had been Christian.

There are about 50,000 Muslims in New Zealand. This is about 1% of the total population of 4,8 million. 5

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2019-MAR-22: Muslim call to prayer was broadcast:

One week after the tragedy, the Muslim call to prayer was broadcast live on multiple stations at 1:50 PM. It was followed by two minutes of silence. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, joined an estimated crowd of almost 40,000 others in Hagley Park opposite the Al Noor mosque where most of the victims were attacked. 6,7

Many non-Muslim women wore hijabs and head scarves "... in solidarity with Muslim women, some of whom had said they were scared to go out with such a recognizable symbol of their faith. They could be seen on the streets of Christchurch throughout the day." 5

The names of the victims were read out.

Prime Minister Ardern, said:

"Our challenge now is to make the very best of us a daily reality. Because we are not immune to the viruses of hate, of fear, of other. We never have been.

But we can be the nation that discovers the cure. And so to each of us as we go from here, we have work to do.

The answer to them lies in a simple concept that is not bound by domestic borders, that isn’t based on ethnicity, power-base or even forms of governance. The answer lies in our humanity." 8

A widower, Farid Ahmed, also spoke. His wife, Husna, was one of the victims. He told the crowd that he had forgiven his wife’s killer because he did not want to have:

"... a heart that is boiling like a volcano. I want a heart that will be full of love and care and full of mercy and will forgive easily, because this heart doesn’t want any more lives to be lost, I may be from one culture, you may come from another culture, I may have one faith, you may have one faith, but together we are a beautiful garden."

His reference to "garden" is related to the nickname of Christchurch: the Garden City. 8

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2019-MAR-23: The Al-Noor mosque was reopened:

The Al-Noor mosque has been restored. It was the mosque where most of the shootings took place 8 days previously. It has been opened for small groups of worshipers for short intervals. Several members who had been wounded by the shooter were among the first to return. 7

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This topic continues in Part 5

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. "After Mosque Attacks, New Zealand Banning ‘Military-Style’ Guns," Associated Press, 2019-MAR-20, at: https://www.snopes.com/
  2. Kurt Bayer, "Christchurch mosque to host Friday prayer a week after deadly terrorist attacks left 50 people dead," New Zealand Herald, 2019-MAR-20, at: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/
  3. Michelle Kaufman, "Troubling signs New Zealand shooting is being used to turn my country into Islamic State," Life Site News, 2019-MAR-21, at: https://www.lifesitenews.com/

  4. book cover Jordan B. Peterson, "12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos," Available in Kindle, Audioboook, Hardcover, Paperback and Audio CD formats. Amazon lists it as a #1 national and international bestseller! Amazon.com customers rated the book with 4.5 stars out of 5. Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store
  5. Anna Fifield, "A week after the shootings, New Zealand joins Muslim community for Friday prayers," Washington Post, 2019-MAR-22, at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/
  6. Nick Perry & Juliet Williams, "New Zealand Observes Muslim Call to Prayer 1 Week After Deadly Mosque Attacks," Time, 2019-MAR-23, at: http://time.com/
  7. "One of the Christchurch mosques has reopened its doors," The Week, 2019-MAR-24, at: https://theweek.com/
  8. Charlotte Greenfield, "Silent crowd listens to mosque victims' names at New Zealand memorial," Reuters, 2019-MAR-28, at: https://www.reuters.com/

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