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So where is the media reports, outpouring of grief and vigils for these 280 Christian people murdered in the past two months by Muslims in Nigeria and about 30 Christians being killed in a church in the Philippines last month, again by Muslims. 

Who will pray for Nigeria?

by Lushington D. Brady 
 
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Dozens of people were recently murdered in horrific fashion in their homes and places of worship. They were targeted by violent extremists because of their religion. They are just the latest in a shocking campaign of religious violence which has claimed thousands of lives in just the last year alone.

Naturally, the attacks caused shockwaves around the world. There were candlelit vigils, world leaders were outspoken in condemnation, social media users changed their user pictures. Media angrily demanded that the responsible ideology be stamped out.

Actually, none of those reactions happened. The recent attack, like the carnage that has claimed thousands of lives in Nigeria, passed with barely a ripple across the mainstream consciousness. After all, the victims were Christians; the perpetrators Muslim. Quote:

At least 120 people have been killed in a series of alleged attacks by the Fulani militia on Christian communities in the Adara chiefdom of southern Kaduna in Nigeria since February, according to the nonprofit group Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW).

The organization reported 52 people were killed and 100 homes were destroyed last Monday…The victims included women and children.

Survivors of the attack told CSW that their assailants divided into three groups. One group shot and killed people, another set fire to homes as people ran away, and the third waited in the bush to intercept fleeing villagers.

Later that same day, dozens of people were injured and 43 houses were destroyed in another attack by militant Fulani herdsmen on another village.

The Fulani herdsmen…are Muslim and have fought with Christian farmers over grazing land for centuries. End of quote.

It might be argued in response that this is news from far away, while the Christchurch massacre is local, and therefore much more likely to grab headlines. There is some truth in this, except for the fact that Burma is also very far away, yet the Western media have been obsessed by inter-religious violence there. Western activists, even the UN itself, have trumpeted the cause of the Muslim Rohinga in Burma.

This is all part of a pattern of consistent hypocrisy from the Western media-elite, when it comes to dealing with violence from, and violence directed at, Muslims.

The Australian media’s pet Muslim, Waleed Aly, has consistently hand-waved away Islamic violence. It is, he declared, a mere “irritant”, which hardly kills anyone, anyway. In fact, Aly managed to waffle through a whole segment on Nigeria’s Boko Haram and their ideology without once mentioning “Islam” or “Muslim”. On the other hand, when Muslims were attacked in Christchurch, Aly wept on national television.

London’s Muslim mayor, Sadiq Khan, infamously dismissed Islamic terrorism as just “part and parcel of living in a big city”. After Christchurch, he immediately announced that armed police would be guarding London’s mosques. Jeremy Corbyn referred to the murder of dozens of teenage girls in Manchester as a mere “incident”; but he rushed to tweet about the “horrific terror attack in New Zealand”. Quote:

Nigeria ranks as the 12th worst country in the world for Christian persecution, according to the Open Doors USA’s 2019 World Watch List. End of quote.

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Meanwhile, almost nothing is said about the persecutions of Christians – at the hands of Muslims – in Nigeria and around the world. Dozens of Christians were murdered in their church in the Philippines just weeks ago. No hashtags, no media outrage, no vigils.

Terrorism is no less heinous just because of who its victims are. We rightly pray for the victims of Christchurch. Who is praying for the Christians of Nigeria and the Philippines?

Incredible really , many of the western world leaders seem to be hell bent on seeing the demise of western culture and Christianity , it's like some sort of guilt complex , they ignore the reality that for many  religion is a source of strength , a strength that one day may wipe us out .

  In our own parliament Christian religion is being undermined but today all comers were welcomed , It seems our majority religion is crap but all others are worthy of respect , socialism a , this lot in parliament are a sick joke .

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Six days now of intense unrelenting media coverage re this atrocity. When will it stop and leave people to quietly grieve instead of having people politicizing and pushing agendas on this.

The exploitation of slaughter is a new low

by Christie 
 
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I confess to exiting from social media in the last few days, mainly because of the mindless stupidity I am seeing there. Please don’t misunderstand me. I condemn and abhor the murders of the Muslims in Christchurch on Friday, as we all do. What I struggle with is the anti-white rhetoric that has emanated as a result. And guess what? This rhetoric is not from Muslims. It is not from Asians or Africans. It is from white New Zealanders. Yes. You heard me right.

People who have white parents, children, brothers, aunts and friends are all denigrating white people and saying it is all their fault, and that we must all do better.

I stand up and say this now. I condemn the attacks on the Christchurch Muslims. But I accept absolutely no responsibility for them. I did not cause them.quote.

The Western media class has reached a new low. The blame game they’ve been playing in the aftermath of the racist mass murder in New Zealand has been ghoulish and deeply disturbing. The bodies of the 50 murdered Muslims were barely cold before various observers, activists and leftists were naming and shaming those people who they think ‘laid the ground’ for this atrocity. And it apparently includes everyone from alt-right agitators to any mainstream newspaper columnist who has raised so much as a peep of criticism about radical Islam.

What we have here is one of the most cynical exploitations of mass murder in recent years: the callous and censorious use of a barbaric assault to settle political and in some cases personal scores. Using the recently dead to underscore your own petty political agenda is the behaviour of the amoral and authoritarian. end quote.

We should be deeply ashamed of the way the dead are being politicised, particularly as, whenever you saw Christchurch Muslims on TV, they always spoke of how they are Kiwis, and how they liked that the locals said that we are all the same. Some of them smiled at that. I felt proud.

I am not proud of the political exploitation of their tragedy. quote.

What has been extraordinary in the aftermath of the deranged racist slaughter in two mosques in New Zealand has been the way the chattering classes in Western countries have instructed us to do the kind of thing they tell us not to do in the wake of acts of Islamist terror.

Following Islamist barbarism in Europe and the US in recent years – whether it was the murder of 86 people with a 10-tonne truck in Nice, or the gunning to death of 90 rock fans in the Bataclan in Paris, or the bombing of young girls and their parents at the Manchester Arena – the instruction from our betters has been the same every time. Don’t get angry, they say. Don’t exaggerate the threat of terrorism, they counsel. 


Our role after Islamist terror is to manage our anger, put politics on hold, lay a flower or two, and then go back to our everyday lives. 

After Islamist terror the key instruction from the self-styled guardians of correct moral thought is that we should forget politics and just grieve. Now we’re told to get political, take terrorism seriously, physically protest against the new hatefulness: there has already been a protest in London against Islamophobia

Just as that old breed of tyrant would respond to difficult or horrific events by searching for some piece of literature or idea to blame them on, so the new exploiters of mass murder are holding up certain newspaper columnists and right-wing shock jocks as ‘facilitators’ of the new hate and the new barbarism. They are even drawing up lists of names. Actual lists.  end quote.

I have seen Mike Hosking named as someone who should be fired. Mike Hosking? He caused the murders, did he? quote.

The second striking thing about the response to the attack in New Zealand is the double standards it has exposed. Not all terror is treated equally. We know that for sure now. The right-on are far angrier about this than they ever were about any act of Islamist slaughter of the past few years.

This is fascism, apparently, but the destruction of 86 people who were celebrating the birth of democracy in France is not. Or certainly the Nice slaughter was not widely referred to as fascism and was not physically organised against. Why is this fascism, but that wasn’t?

The NZ attack is proof of a rising tide of hatred, they say, and yet they never said that about the more than 500 people killed in Europe by supporters of a 7th-century religious death cult over the past five years.

Certainly there was no attempt among the liberal elite to rally people against that violent, backward hatred. On the contrary, anyone who protested against Islamist terror – whether it was the Football Lads’ Alliance or ordinary people who wondered out loud about the wisdom of mass-immigration policies – was instantly denounced as the real propagator of hatred.

And so the PC set actively depoliticises Islamist attacks, discourages analysis, and frowns upon angry responses. Their double standard on terror is driven by a narrow urge to protect at all costs their political narrative and to shun and ideally silence anyone who deviates from that narrative, whether it’s those alt-right blowhards who drone on about Muslim immigration or the newspaper columnists who question over-use of the term Islamaphobia.

SPiked. end quote.
 

I am so glad that someone else has said it. We should not be politicising the deaths of so many innocent Muslims. This is not part of a terrible agenda by all white people. Most white people are horrified by these events. This is the deaths of innocent people, at the hands of a demonic terrorist, and we need to see it for what it is. No more. No less. But those with an agenda simply cannot help themselves. The rest of us watch with horror as a terrible attack is politicised for all to see. They are the ones with blood on their hands. No one else. Apart from the actual perpetrator, of course. Remember him?

   

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Media’s new moral crusade

by GP 
 
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This act of murderous terrorism in New Zealand was a dreadful crime against innocent people praying in their mosques. It has clearly shocked the nation. It has shocked me; in fact, in some sense, it has disoriented me.

My disorientation is due to the quick knee jerk politicisation of this crime by political and cultural commentators and what they dare to say about white people like me. They seem to ask me, as a white person, to consider myself inherently complicit in this crime. They talk about colonialist white supremacy, racism and the need to stamp out unwelcome ideas.

It is true that the idea that one race is superior to another is wrongheaded and should be refuted. However some, like Dame Anne Salmond, would have no trouble joining the dots between New Zealand white people who might consider Mozart better than the musical forms of Maori culture, and the murderous gunman.

The impression I get is that harbouring similar thoughts of preferment for European culture is dangerous; therefore I might be dangerous, and hence my sense of disorientation. Such suggestions are absurd, and those who propagate such crude ideas should be challenged.

If they are able to stamp out every idea they despise (now morally labelled as racism), they will have built a new tyranny and our democracy will no longer be free.

Clearly this horrendous crime is a handy tool by which to launch a moral campaign against white people with apparent notions of ‘superiority’. These new moral crusaders advance the rhetoric against colonialist, white, ‘pale, male and stale’ New Zealanders, and, even as one psychologist suggested, all young European men, who are, I guess, left behind in the march for progress. In fact, they might throw anyone society readily associates with ‘the right’ under the bus of this crime in order to cleanse us of it. This is absurd.

Why this terrorist did what he did cannot be simply reduced to right-wing racism. He left a manifesto that clearly supports both right- and left-wing interpretations. It is full of propaganda that can be cherry picked by any interest group. The media are busy promoting cherry-picked interpretations which fit the new moral crusade on racial lines.

It seems the terrorist shooter was at least clever enough to know the effect of his manifesto on useful idiots.

In the media we read that Trump is blamed. However, the shooter was both ‘yes and no’ on Trump.

The shooter was anti-Muslim. Clearly, yes, for he murdered Muslims in mosques. However, religion was not a motive for he had no religious crusade of his own and did not claim a religious point of view.

However, he did not equivocate on population replacement. His manifesto was ‘The Great Replacement’. Common garden right-wing racism does not quite explain his deed, for he utterly rejected conservatism and admired especially a black commentator and the People’s Republic of China. Then he trolled into all sorts. Ultimately he defined himself as an eco-fascist. Eco-fascism was the environmental lens through which he viewed the West (his ethno-nationalism) and hence his interpretation of the Great Replacement theory. Thus, China got it right, no doubt, with its population policies.

It seems that what bothered this terrorist most about the presence of Muslims in Europe was their fertility, the number of children they had. He states that this was the trigger. The Muslim immigrants had young families whereas the native French were single people, alone with older or few children.

My point is this: this terrorist does not simply represent the crude racism and white supremacy of those primarily concerned about the arrangement of melanin within national borders, or notions of religious purity intent on expunging Islam entirely from western shores. For these are old and familiar ideas and the ideas of the world have changed because of environmental concerns.

Rather he gathers up the old and familiar bad ideas and reconceptualises them within eco-fascism. Muslims, he believes, represent over-fertile populations which always threaten the West. As such, he seems to be as much a product of the left as the right.

Those politicising this despicable crime should think more deeply about the complexities around this terrorist act. This shooter declares he was first a communist, then an anarchist and then an eco-fascist-ethno-nationalist. I do not begin to understand such thinking, but crude common garden notions of white racism dished up by some commentators dishonour the full explanation these victims deserve about why their loved ones were gunned down while praying in their mosques.

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Personally, although I think Religion is one of the curses on earth and a catalyst for violence in many countries, I think PM Ardern erred in adopting a head scarf, not to wear in a Mosque, but to attend CHCH in her capacity as NZ’s Prime Minister. If the boot was on the other foot, would a Muslim Hijab wearing Head of State remove the Head scarf if she was attending the scene of an atrocity against Christians? Religion (if that’s what you call it) has a lot to answer for the world’s woes and it’s no wonder Churches are empty on Sundays. The fear they built their Empires on has dissipated markedly - except the Muslim religion. Whilst the Christians were promised hell for “mortal sins”, Muslims were promised Allah and multiple virgins for their pleasure by killing ! It doesn’t make sense. Religion has a lot to answer for - but there is no answer:rcfe-depression:

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11 minutes ago, Trump said:

Personally, although I think Religion is one of the curses on earth and a catalyst for violence in many countries, I think PM Ardern erred in adopting a head scarf, not to wear in a Mosque, but to attend CHCH in her capacity as NZ’s Prime Minister. If the boot was on the other foot, would a Muslim Hijab wearing Head of State remove the Head scarf if she was attending the scene of an atrocity against Christians? Religion (if that’s what you call it) has a lot to answer for the world’s woes and it’s no wonder Churches are empty on Sundays. The fear they built their Empires on has dissipated markedly - except the Muslim religion. Whilst the Christians were promised hell for “mortal sins”, Muslims were promised Allah and multiple virgins for their pleasure by killing ! It doesn’t make sense. Religion has a lot to answer for - but there is no answer:rcfe-depression:

It is the biggest con known to man Trumpy. Ardern has certainly set a dangerous precedent here. If we had a major attack ( as the Isis leadership are proposing ) in NZ how quickly the rhetoric and sentiment would change. 

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ISIS leader Abu Hassan al-Muhajir calls for revenge

by Christie 
 
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It seems I am a racist. A white supremacist. I might have made a casual racist joke about a brown person at some stage and so therefore, I am responsible for a deranged Australian shooting 50 people in 2 mosques. I know this because the media and social media are telling me so. I need to do better. I need to wear a scarf on Friday and cuddle Mongrel Mob members because they are going to guard a mosque. The internet is fresh out of hair shirts, so I will have to self-flagellate for at least the next 5 years. This and only this will fix the wrongs that I have inflicted on people I have never met. How this works exactly I am not sure, but apparently, it is the only way.

In the meantime, the media is mostly ignoring the real threats to our safety and security. quote.

A high-ranking member of ISIS has called for revenge after the deaths of 50 Muslims in Christchurch.

The terror organisation’s spokesman Abu Hassan al-Muhajir is believed to have issued an appeal in a 44-minute audio recording.

The New York Times reports that al-Muhajir broke six months of silence to call for retaliation.

“The scenes of the massacres in the two mosques should wake up those who were fooled, and should incite the supporters of the caliphate to avenge their religion,” he said.


Al-Muhajir likened the massacre to the ongoing battle at the terror organisation’s only remaining piece of territory in Syria.
“Here is Baghuz in Syria, where Muslims are burned to death and are bombed by all known and unknown weapons of mass destruction,” he said. end quote.

This was always going to happen, of course. Something is probably being planned already. New Zealanders are too busy blaming each other and chasing ‘white supremacists’ to realise what the repercussions might be. They could be deadly. quote.

The Times said al-Muhajir’s name is an invention, and his true identity is unknown.

He “is a faceless but important figure inside the terrorist group. He is not known to have ever appeared in photographs or in the group’s numerous videos, and almost nothing is known about his personal biography”.

A newspaper. end quote.

But you can bet your sweet life his call to action will be answered.

We all know what Islamic terrorism looks like. We have seen its face many times. An attack at a mosque is not going to go unanswered. It is an insult to Allah and to Islam.

And when it happens, it will be a lone wolf attacker, with mental health issues, and nothing to do with Islam. While I agree that #notallmuslims are terrorists, #notallwhitepeople are terrorists either, but in the wake of the Christchurch shootings, it seems we are not allowed to say that.

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So, while we all play dress-ups on Friday and the media wheels out prominent New Zealanders to pour forth unlimited amounts of bile about racial tensions in New Zealand, be on your guard. Attacks may happen in Christchurch. Or maybe Wellington. Or Auckland. Or all of the above. Be vigilant. We are sitting ducks, thanks to a compliant media and a bunch of people with an agenda who want to blame innocent people for a crime they did not commit.

Let us hope like hell that our security services don’t let us down for a second time.

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The vaucous Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson and likewise equally vacuous list MP Golriz Gahraman are trying to make political capital out of the tragic slayings last week. Yesterday Maramara Davidson had plenty to say and last night a Gisborne church is vandalised with race based graffiti.

 

Promoting the politics of division & hate

by SB on March 21, 2019 at 10:00am
 
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Green party co-leader Marama Davidson and fellow list MP Golriz Ghahraman have jumped on the bandwagon of the Dame of Division and are castigating New Zealanders for being a horrible and racist people.

While New Zealanders all over New Zealand are coming together to support the families of the horrific terror attack, these two Green politicians are instead fanning the flames of fear, hatred and division while claiming (of course) to be doing the complete opposite.

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Marama Davidson has shocked listeners by claiming that the agenda of the Australian terrorist was the same one held by the first settlers to New Zealand.

Quote.

New Zealand was founded on the theft of land, language and identity of indigenous people. This land we are standing on is land we were violently removed from to uphold the same agenda that killed the people in the mosques yesterday. end quote.

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Davidson compounded her message of division and fear in parliament this week.

And:

Gisborne Catholic church vandalised with race-based graffiti

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Staff at a Gisborne church are cleaning up race-based graffiti that was written overnight.

Staff at the church are displeased by the vandalism, after discovering it on a side of the church that faces the road.

"F--- your religion, f------ stupid white a-- b---- a-- n-----. This is our f------ land, Māori til I die b----. F--- pakeha," the graffiti said.

A priest Newshub spoke to asked for any publication of the photograph to be heavily censored due to the language.

He said the church had contacted the police about the tagging and it will be gone soon.

A member of the public Newshub spoke to said they noticed the graffiti while they were dropping children off at school on Thursday morning.

 

"It just really makes my blood boil and to put that basically at the school, my sons learnt quite a few new words now and I find that disgusting."

Two catholic schools are nearby, St Mary's Catholic Primary School and Campion College.

Police confirmed it was notified of the graffiti at that location on Thursday morning and officers attended the scene just before 9am.

The Gisborne District Council said it had not been officially notified of the incident but was aware of it.

A police spokesperson says it was the only graffiti/wilful damage reported in the area in the past 24 hours.

 

 

 

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David Seymour talks sense on identity politics

by SB 
 
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ACT leader David Seymour wrote an excellent opinion piece recently on identity politics. He clearly articulates why human rights are individual rights. quote.

[…]Lennon asked us to imagine a world without identity politics, where there was nothing to kill or die for. Sadly over the past week, we’ve seen some of the people who think they’re helping make us into identities first and people second.


They’re trying to help but they just don’t get it. The terrorist believes there are two kinds of people, white people and the rest. It’s a chilling view, because it denies our common humanity. It says that if you’re part of a group I don’t like, then I don’t have to acknowledge your inherent value and inalienable rights as an individual.

One example is Brodie Kane. Normally it is impossible to not like Brodie, but there is something very dislikeable about her recent column that is filled with racial profiling to an obsessive degree.


“But what I will give time to, what I must give time to, is what this awful event has done to change the way I am going to be as a human being.
“I need to be clear, this is not some sort of “look at me, look what I am doing” piece, this is me being honest about how I want to do better. How I MUST do better.”


Now, if Brodie wants to change her life, good for her. The strange thing is the obsession with ‘white privilege’ peppered through the column.

“I am white… And I am privileged… I can no longer wake up, as a privileged white woman… I can no longer go around living my life with my white privileged head shoved up my own backside… I can wake up every day and cruise around in my white privilege life…”
 

The same column could have been written without the race
profiling. After all, there are hard up white people and privileged non-whites everywhere. Even if we notice trends, how are they relevant to how we treat any individual we come across? […] when you see everyone as part of a group you risk overlooking the members’ humanity.

Then there’s some of the Green MPs, who have long been guilty of pedalling enough identity politics for the whole Parliament. As their co-leader Marama Davidson told Parliament:

The agenda that drove this violence wants to harm many other communities: Jewish communities, Sikh communities, Buddhist followers, people of colour communities, brown immigrants and refugees, tangata whenua and Pacific peoples, women and disabled peoples.

[…] it is a mistake to buy into his rhetoric. There are lots of people who want to harm each other in the world. History tells us no group is more guilty than the others, but we all have in common that as humans we’d like to be safe. Addressing people by their group first, means those individual rights and freedoms can only come second.

A better way is to acknowledge the individual rights and freedoms given every New Zealander is in the Bill of Rights. They include freedoms of thought, conscience, and religion, of peaceful assembly, of association, of movement and of expression, and freedom from discrimination.

None of these rights or freedoms is given to a group of people. They are all held by individuals because it is the individual who has the ability to think, express themselves, move, assemble and worship. Even the ‘rights of minorities’ section gives individuals the right to preserve their culture. It does not give any group a right.

We are bound together by a common humanity. All our lives have inherent value and we each have inalienable rights and freedoms. That’s why an attack on those rights and freedoms is an attack on all of us. But the most dangerous long-term threat is being dehumanised and made mere members of a group in the name of identity politics.

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A MUST READ:

 

Terrorism is terrorism. Period.

by SB 
 
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I have followed Australian Imam Tawhidi for a while now and have written about him a couple of times. We have published a number of his videos as well. He is a brave and wise man and his in-depth knowledge of Islam can be relied upon. He is a man of peace and when he says something, I listen. His recent article on the terror attack in Christchurch explains clearly the three lessons that we should learn from this tragedy. quote.

[…] Those of you who have seen my videos and online statements posted that tragic day, may have recognised the depth of my sense of despair.

Having spent so long with the fear that someone somewhere would lash out indiscriminately against my co-religionists, the massacre had such a personal dimension for me. I had a loss of faith, feeling that my attempts to expose the risks from an extreme minority of my faith to the official lawmakers, and galvanize our politicians to action was naive.

I have always opposed extremists of any persuasion. As a Muslim imam, I was in a position to call attention to Islamic extremists in a manner that was not open to many within the West. Non-Muslims could be offensively and inaccurately called Islamophobic, to level such a charge at me would be ludicrous.

Indeed, there are valuable lessons that can be derived from the tragic NZ event:

1- There are a growing number of people who believe that their governments need to recognise that dislike of Islamic extremists is not a fringe issue but a widely held view by the political centre of the voting population. If governments wish to deny their populations desire for action against Muslim extremism in their societies, then the possible rise of extremist politicians will lie squarely with those who do not see their people want action.

2- Governments should not underestimate extremists: They are extremely calculated and may conduct their attacks in an intelligent way. The mystery as to how Brenton Tarrant remained under Police radar for two years, while piling weapons, ammunition and training to massacre civilians is yet to be solved. The manifesto he released to the public was not written in the language of a fanatic, if anything, it reflects the true thoughts of a talented criminal-to-be.

3- The last lesson we learnt was that most Western leaders have no pride in their own religion, culture or traditions. You can show solidarity with us Muslims by adopting better security procedures, not embracing our religious practices. News reporters, police officers and the Prime Minister herself were wearing veils. The call to our prayers was blasted out loud from London to New Zealand; basically, the entire Western world. All this to show that you Westerners are sorry for what happened to us Muslims.

Frankly, I think this is an insane way of showing solidarity. It is also confusing to me, and all thinking Muslims. Why can’t Western leaders show solidarity with us without completely sacrificing their religions, culture and traditions? You did not have to adopt our culture to show sympathy.

This proved one thing: the authorities in New Zealand did not believe treating Muslim New Zealanders as New Zealanders was enough, they had to put their religious identity ahead of their actual citizenship; that is if you believe that the attack was against New Zealand as a country – which it was.

I conclude by thanking you all for the support and kindness you extended to us during our pain, and while we share our messages of condolences to all who were affected by the Christchurch attacks.

I also wish that we all conveyed our sympathies and condolences to the friends and families of the 120 Christians recently killed in Nigeria; along with the destruction of 100 homes.

Terrorism is terrorism. Period.

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This begs the question "Just who/m are the police protecting the RSA's from?"

Five RSAs cancel Anzac services

 
 
Katie Fitzgerald
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Five Returned and Services' Associations (RSAs) have cancelled their Anzac Day services due to safety concerns.

Police announced on Friday some services will be consolidated due to the current high terror alert after the Christchurch shootings.

Superintendent Karyn Malthus said on Friday there was no specific threat to any services, but police officers are continuing to provide a visible presence nationwide.

"Police have recommended to organisers that a number of planned events across Tamaki Makaurau be consolidated in the interests of public safety," Auckland City district commander Karyn Malthus said.

Representatives for the RSAs in Te Atatu, Manurewa, Helensville ,Titirangiand Matakana all told Newshub they have cancelled their events.

Matakana RSA spokesperson Adrienne Miller told Newshub on Monday it was quite an emotional decision to pull the plug on the service.

"I've been crying all morning. I organise this every year, everything was in place and it's so important to the community."

Henderson RSA has decided to do an indoor service that will be open to members only, while Point Chevalier RSA is still waiting to see if it can be held.

Papanui RSA in Christchurch is waiting to hear from police if it can hold the service.

Christchurch Memorial RSA president Pete Dawson said its service will go ahead as normal, despite the terror attack being fresh in peoples' minds.

"There was never a doubt that we would... hold Anzac Day, never a doubt. It is our heritage, it is what we are there for, it's important," he told Newshub.

There will be heavy security and foot traffic only to Cranmer Square for the event.

Newshub has contacted other RSAs for comment.

 

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Bomb blasts in Sri Lanka kill at least 138, injure hundreds

Easter Sunday bomb blasts at three Sri Lankan churches and three luxury hotels have killed 138 people and wounded more than 400 after a lull in major attacks since the end of the civil war 10 years ago.

In just one church, St Sebastian's in Katuwapitiya, north of Colombo, more than 50 people had been killed, a police official told Reuters, with pictures showing bodies on the ground, blood on the pews and a destroyed roof.

Media reported 25 people were also killed in an attack on a church in Batticaloa in Eastern Province.

St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo, a Catholic majority town north of Colombo, has appealed for help on its Facebook page.
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St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo, a Catholic majority town north of Colombo, has appealed for help on its Facebook page.

Two of the blasts were suspected to have been carried out by suicide bombers, according to a security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to speak with reporters.

 

St Anthony's Shrine and the three hotels where the blasts took place are frequented by foreign tourists.

Nine foreigners were among the dead, officials said.

Local TV showed damage at the Cinnamon Grand, Shangri-La and Kingsbury hotels.

The Shangri-La's second-floor restaurant was gutted in the blast, with the ceiling and windows blown out. Loose wires hung and tables were overturned in the blackened space.

A police magistrate was at the hotel to inspect the bodies recovered from the restaurant. From outside the police cordon, several bodies could be seen covered in white sheets.

National Hospital spokesman Dr Samindi Samarakoon told the Associated Press that more than 200 people were being treated in the capital Colombo's main hospital.

Alex Agieleson, who was near the shrine, said buildings shook with the blast, and that a number of injured people were carried away in ambulances.

Other blasts were reported at St Sebastian's Church in Negombo, a majority Catholic town north of Colombo, and at Zion Church in the eastern town of Batticaloa. St Sebastian's appealed for help on its Facebook page.

A series of bombings has hit luxury hotels and churches in Sri Lanka, killing at least 138 people and wounding about 400 as worshippers were attending Easter Sunday services.

Three of the explosions took place in Catholic churches while three other explosions were reported in luxury hotels - the Cinnamon Grand, Kingsbury and Shangri-La - located in the heart of Colombo.

The first explosion was reported in a church located in the capital. The other blasts followed within half an hour.

One of the churches targetted was St Anthony's in Colombo. The other two were St Sebastian's in Negombo, about 30km from the capital and another in Batticaloa, 250km east of the capital.

St Sebastian's posted pictures of destruction inside the church on its Facebook page, showing blood on pews and the floor, and requested help from the public.

 

An official at the Batticaloa hospital told AFP news agency more than 300 people had been admitted with injuries following the blast there.

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St. Anthony's Shrine after an explosion hit the site in Kochchikade, Colombo [Chamila Karunarathne/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images]
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Several people were killed as worshippers attended Easter service [Chamila Karunarathne/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images]

Police spokesperson Ruwan Gunasekera said that the injured were being evacuated while security forces have cordoned off the areas and search operations are under way.

Photos circulating on social media showed the roof of one church had been blown almost entirely off in the blast.

The floor was littered with a mixture of roof tiles, splintered wood and blood.

Several people could be seen covered in blood, with some trying to help those with more serious injuries.

Police in Colombo said at least nine foreigners were among the dead.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility.

Sri Lanka's police chief made a nationwide alert 10 days before Sunday's attacks that suicide bombers planned to hit "prominent churches", according to the warning seen by AFP.

Police chief Pujuth Jayasundara sent an intelligence warning to top officers on April 11 setting out the threat.

"A foreign intelligence agency has reported that the NTJ (National Thowheeth Jama'ath) is planning to carry out suicide attacks targeting prominent churches as well as the Indian high commission in Colombo," said the alert.

The NTJ is a Muslim group in Sri Lanka that came to notice last year when it was linked to the vandalisation of Buddhist statues.

Government response

"Emergency meeting called in a few minutes. Rescue operations underway," Sri Lanka's Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution, Harsha de Silva, said in a tweet on his verified account.

He said he had been to two of the attacked hotels and was at the scene at St Anthony's Shrine and described "horrible scenes".

"I saw many body parts strewn all over," he tweeted, adding that there were "many casualties including foreigners".

"Please stay calm and indoors," he added.

Only around six percent of mainly Buddhist Sri Lanka is Catholic, but the religion is seen as a unifying force because it includes people from both the Tamil and majority Sinhalese ethnic groups.

Al Jazeera's Minelle Fernandez, reporting from Colombo, said the crisis was still unfolding.

"We're hearing that Colombo national hospital is still receiving casualties brought in from the multiple locations.

"In terms of law enforcement, we've been hearing that all festivities have been canceled, that security in and around the city has been tightened," Fernandez reported.

"It's still very open-ended … it's too early [to speculate who is behind the attack] but security in the capital and the airport has been stepped up following the attacks," she added.

 

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1 hour ago, rdytdy said:

 

That's exactly how it is . 

Had to laugh this morning when Grant Robertson responded to a crittcism of  cindys handling of CH CH , (no mention of Muslim at that stage) it must have been difficult for him to express his view keeping in mind the followers of that religion  would stone him to death. 

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Growing anger over anti-Christian terror denialism

by Lushington D. Brady 
 
SriLankaTerror.jpg?w=630&ssl=1 Nothing to see here, you nasty Islamophobes.

Anger is growing around the world at the blatant disparity and hypocrisy of the media and political elite in their reactions to terrorism, depending on who the victims are.

Terrorism is terrorism is terrorism. It shouldn’t matter who the innocent victims are: Muslims in a market in Quetta or in a mosque in Christchurch, or Christians on the streets of Rome or in churches in Sri Lanka. But, as we are seeing after the Easter carnage in Sri Lanka, it matters very much to the media-political elite who the victims are.

Christians are way down on the Victim Totem Pole. Quote:

Donald Trump Jr has slammed the Washington Post, after the major American newspaper responded to Sunday’s terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka by downplaying Christian persecution. End of quote.

As per the standard narrative, no matter who is shredded by terrorists’ bombs, the real victims, as far as the media-political elite are concerned, are always Muslims. Quote:

Just a day after 290 Christians were slaughtered by Islamic terrorists during Easter celebrations, the paper published a piece downplaying the idea that Christianity is under attack, claiming rather “the vast majority of terrorism victims globally are Muslims.”

The piece also went on to warn the bombings in Sri Lanka are stoking far-right anger in Western nations…“Some far-right groups claimed hypocrisy and double standards, arguing that attacks on Christians failed to receive the same response as attacks on Muslims,” they added. End of quote.

“Far-right”, of course, meaning anyone to the right of Marx and Engels. Or, in this case, anyone who dare states the blatantly obvious. Quote:

Trump Jr responded to the piece on Twitter, calling the publication a disgrace. “Yes, Christians hoping to not be murdered by extremists is ‘far-right anger’.”

“Now, let’s discuss the leftist talking points refusing to mention Christians as the victims of this gruesome attack on their most holy day,” he added.

“Your paper is a disgrace!!!”

Sorry, Washington Post. People aren’t angry about Islamic terrorists murdering 290 Christians because they’re “far right.” They’re angry because they’re decent human beings. End of quote.

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Trump Jr is not the only person who’s had a gutful of media deceit. Quote:

The attack has claimed four times as many lives as the recent New Zealand massacre, in which 50 Muslims were gunned down in a Christchurch mosque…In both attacks, a minority group was the target. In both attacks, the victims were targeted in their religious place of worship. But unfortunately, it’s unlikely we’ll witness a similar response to both attacks from our politicians and the mainstream media.

Following the Christchurch terrorist attack, politicians and personalities donned hijabs, attended mosque worship, and even broadcast the Islamic call to prayer in public places. End of quote.

No such sympathy for Christians. Quote:

Muslim Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, beefed up security and police presence around mosques after the Christchurch attack, but merely sent his “thoughts and prayers” to the victims in Sri Lanka…So far, [New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda] Ardern hasn’t said anything on social media…

Political Commentator David Vance said, “Imagine if Christians targeted mosques during Ramadan and tried to kill as many Muslims as possible. The media would go ballistic. Consider the slaughter of Christians in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday and reflect on the supine silence from the politicians”…

“Compare the level of outrage with what happened in Sri Lanka with Christchurch, NZ,” Imam Mohamad Tawhidi tweeted. “Triple the amount of casualties and triple the amount of injured people. It offends me and other like-minded Muslims that we get special treatment and other equal humans don’t.”

Dinesh D’Souza rightly said, “What we learn from the disparate coverage of New Zealand and Sri Lanka terrorist attacks is that ‘news’ isn’t really news. Media coverage of events more often reflects ideological prejudices of the media than what’s actually going on in the world.” End of quote.

caldronpool

Neat how Christchurch prompted world leaders to condemn islamophobia worldwide but hundreds of Christians are killed in multiple church bombings on Easter in Sri Lanka and not a single one of these leaders condemns this particular trend. “Some people did something,” as it were.

 
 

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‘Easter worshippers’

by WH 
 
SriLanka-first-comunion.jpg?w=540&ssl=1 Among the dead: 22 young boys and girls that were to receive their First Holy Communion on Easter Sunday. They would have been prepared for receiving this sacrament for the first time for months and would have been looking forward to this.

It was not churches and hotels that were killed, Ms May. It was not Easter worshippers that were slain, Obama and Clinton. It was tourists and Christians. These are not hard words and they are not too difficult to pronounce. They have been in the English lexicon for a few years now so most people understand their meaning.

So it is refreshing to see a Muslim condemning the gutless media over their aversion to using the C word. Perhaps we should ask Marama to reclaim it for us? Quote.

The mainstream media’s aversion to mentioning Christians when reporting on the Sri Lanka Easter Sunday massacre that killed 321 is “unacceptable” and “very troubling,” a Muslim scholar told Fox News.

Dr. Qanta Ahmed, the author of “In the Land of the Invisible Women,” told “Fox & Friends” Tuesday morning it’s an “afterthought” for the media that provides “a very troubling lack of context.”

During Monday’s nightly network news coverage of the Sri Lanka Islamic terror attack, there was hardly any mention of “Christian,” “Christians,” or “Christianity.” ABC World News Tonight didn’t mention them a single time, and CBS Evening News and NBC Night News mentioned the term once. That was it.

“This was an assault on Christians, not only in Sri Lanka but all over the world,” Ahmed said.

“It was marked during the holiest day of the Holy Week, Easter, and some of the attacks went off during the thanksgiving service themselves,” Ahmed said. “There is a general reluctance to examine Christian persecution globally. In Asia, one in three Christians is subject to extreme persecution. More Christians are persecuted in more countries than any other group in the world. 144 countries now persecute Christians. A decade ago, it was 107, and now Asia is the site of tremendous Christian persecution.”

The Muslim scholar points out that extreme Muslims see Judeo-Christianity as a conspiracy against Islam, which she calls a “falsehood” because the Virgin Mary and Jesus are a part of Islam, too.

“We believe in Jesus and his message. We have to accept the gospel,” Ahmed said. “That is anathema to radical Islamists, and not talking about the persecution of Christians in this attack or in Asia, in general, is unacceptable.”

A Washington Post headline read, “Christianity under attack? Sri Lanka church bombings stoke far-right anger in the West.”

Ahmed responded: “I’m sure that’s what Islamists would like to do, but every decent person of whatever faith, is abhorring this attack. We saw the kind of innocent people who were lost in worship but understand the magnitude. This attack was six times greater than Christchurch, where my co-religionists – Muslims – were killed. Fifty nine [sic] Muslims were killed in New Zealand. This is 310 people passed away, possibly more coming, yet the magnitude of that assault is not reflected in the global media and saying so does not stoke any anger, that is an admission of honesty.” […] End quote.

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Muriel Newman: The birth of a totalitarian state?

 

By: Dr Muriel Newman

Since that fateful day in Christchurch, when 50 people were so needlessly killed by a lone gunman, New Zealanders have rallied around the families of the victims to share their love and support. Our Prime Minister has received national and international praise for her handling of the tragedy, and for reaching out to reassure the Muslim community that they are an important part of New Zealand.

But the leadership of a nation operates on many levels. While the PM has been focused on the suffering of the victims, in her desire to reassure New Zealanders that they are safe — and to look strong and decisive on the world stage — she has unleashed measures that have the capacity to turn our wonderful country into a totalitarian state.

Her actions are in sharp contrast to the response of the Norwegian government following the murder of 77 mainly young people by Anders Breivik in 2011. They decided they would not allow the attack to harm their democracy. They said the proper answer to the violence was more democracy and more openness.

Firstly, under the Prime Minister's watch, heavy-handed state censorship has banned Brenton Tarrant's video of the shooting and his 'manifesto,' with draconian penalties of up to 14 years in prison or a $10,000 fine. While the censorship of the killer's video is something that most New Zealanders can understand, the ban of the 'manifesto' is a different matter. It sheds light on why the atrocity occurred and could help people to better understand how something similar could be prevented from happening in the future.

The fact that the manifesto was banned almost a week after the video also raises concerns about whether there was real or implied political pressure.

Secondly, in spite of knowing the Australian gunman acted alone, and that any further threat was minimal — especially since the Order in Council that was passed just days after the shooting had already outlawed the guns used in the attack — the Prime Minister used the tragedy to rush into law extraordinarily repressive gun controls, denying some 250,000 law-abiding New Zealanders their democratic right to have a say in a proper Parliamentary submission process.

Even though the dreadful crimes in Christchurch were committed by an Australian visitor acting alone, it is New Zealanders who are now paying the price. Not content with restricting our freedom and democratic rights, through censorship and rushed law changes, the Prime Minister also appears intent on limiting free speech.

Under the shadow of the Christchurch tragedy, radical opportunists are calling for hate speech laws to silence anyone speaking out against their agenda. In particular, Māori sovereignty activists are now labelling those who disagree with them as not only racists, but white supremacists and purveyors of hate speech as well.

Writing in the NZ Herald just four days after the attack, Dame Anne Salmond said: "White supremacy is a part of us, a dark power in the land. In its soft version, it looks bland and reasonable. In its hard version, it's violent and hateful, spewing out curses, incarcerating young Māori in large numbers, denying them a decent education, homes and jobs, telling them they have no future, and are better off dead."

Journalist Karl du Fresne is concerned about the exploitation of the Christchurch tragedy by prominent people furthering their ideological agenda:

"By this I mean people like the Green MPs Golruz Ghahraman and Marama Davidson. In Parliament, Ghahraman blamed unnamed fellow MPs and breakfast radio 'shock jocks' for the 'hate speech' that she claims led to the killings.

"Ghahraman was in such a rush to apportion blame that she wasn't prepared to wait before making a considered response based on facts and evidence rather than supposition, assumption and prejudice. And why should she, when it was so much easier to make sweeping, unsubstantiated and emotive assertions about the killings being caused by 'hate speech', 'white supremacy' and 'gratuitous racism'?

"Davidson, meanwhile, took advantage of a vigil in honour of the shooting victims to unleash a barrage of denunciation. '…This land we are standing on is land we were violently removed from to uphold the same agenda that killed the people in the mosques yesterday.'

"This was not about honouring or mourning the dead. It was about finding someone to blame and settling old ideological scores.

"I find people like Ghahraman and Davidson almost as frightening as terrorists. They don't kill anyone, but their power to change society is greater. They use the institutions of a liberal democracy to whittle away at the open society. They are, in their way, as totalitarian and intolerant of difference as any gun-toting fascist or jihadist. They virtuously embrace ethnic and religious difference (except when it comes to Christianity, which is seen as part of the white power structure), but are aggressively intolerant of political difference and free speech."

Calls for restrictions on free speech by radical Government MPs should raise the alarm about our future. While the Bill of Rights protects our freedom of thought, expression, and association, as we have already seen through the Censor's bans, these rights are fragile and can easily be taken away.

New Zealanders who value the freedom and liberty that underpins our society should strongly oppose new laws to ban 'hate'. Such laws, that would enable the police to act against anyone expressing ideas contrary to those deemed acceptable by the government, have proven to be a disaster in countries where they have been introduced, over-criminalising the population and allowing vexatious complainants to destroy lives. Furthermore, there are major concerns that preventing those with unacceptable views from airing them openly drives them 'underground', where they are likely to become even more extreme.

For the sake of our future, we must not let the radicals succeed in forcing through law changes to criminalise opposing voices, otherwise, under Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand really will become a totalitarian state.

 

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Well you didn't a study to realise this but here is confirmation. 

Persecution of Christians reaches genocide levels

A British report has concluded that 80 percent of all persecuted religious believers in the world are Christians.

The study, commissioned by British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Boxing Day 2018, aimed to assess the level of global persecution of Christians in order to review current government policies.

What the review - led by the Bishop of Truro the Right Reverend Philip Mounstephen - discovered, was a dire situation for Christians around the world, especially those in the Middle East and Africa.

Levels of persecution in those areas have been labelled as genocide after meeting the criteria adopted by the United Nations (UN).

"In 2016 various political bodies including the UK parliament, the European Parliament and the US House of Representatives, declared that ISIS atrocities against Christians and other religious minority groups such as Yazidis and Shi'a Muslims met the tests of genocide," Mounstephen wrote.

The report also referred to figures which claimed Christians in Palestine represent less than 1.5 percent of the population, while in Iraq they had fallen from 1.5 million before 2003 to less than 120,000.

"Christianity is at risk of disappearing, representing a massive setback for plurality in the region," Mounstephen continued.

Christian organisation Open Doors revealed in a 2019 report on anti-Christian oppression that "approximately 245 million Christians are at risk of high, very high or extreme levels of persecution".

The findings released this week are part of an interim report, as further analysis of the global situation was deemed necessary. The full results will be revealed by the end of June.

The report comes in the wake of the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, which saw approximately 250 people die and more than 500 injured in a series of attacks on hotels and Christian churches.

Newshub.

 

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Are we becoming a police state?

by Christie 
 
Thought_Police-630x354.jpg Photoshopped image credit: Boondecker

I want to make it clear that I have always respected our police force, and hope to be able to continue to do so. Some of their recent actions have made me wonder what is going on in the force though.

Perhaps those of our readers who are current or past police officers could shed some light on recent events. quote.

A community-minded contractor who dug the mass grave for victims of the mosque shootings for free says police went “way over the top” in raiding his house to seize his 11 firearms.


The colourful figure – who asked not to be named for security reasons but whose record of helping out people in the community and raising money is known to have endeared him to many – said about 30 police raided his west Christchurch block on April 2 about 5pm while he was still at work.


Some were Armed Offenders Squad members and others were in ordinary police uniform. A specialist search squad searched his house, outbuildings and a granny flat housing his 80-year-old mother.

“They even went through her underwear drawer. The worst thing was they pointed a rifle at my 12-year-old daughter who was picking up horse poo. They told her to put the fork down and walk towards them. She is still anxious and shaken. The whole family is.” end quote.

They went through an 80 year old’s underwear and pointed a gun at a 12 year old? Was that really necessary? quote.

Police then rang him at work. He arranged to stand in the middle of the yard and asked the police to leave their guns in their vehicles.


“They still pointed their guns at me and made me walk towards them with my hands up. I got to them and said, “put that away before you hurt yourself”.”

He is now waiting for an explanation. He does not believe police were acting on a tip that he was dangerous. Police refused to comment, citing privacy – despite the man providing a privacy waiver.

end quote.

This is not the only case either. quote.

An Ashburton farm manager, who also declined to be named, told Stuff he was also angry about the way he was treated by the police.

He was in his garage searching through his deep freezer shortly after eating lunch on Thursday when his wife told him there were some police officers coming up the drive.

“There were about three armed police that came out from the back of my section, and three more units pulled up at the driveway.”

Of the 14 police officers, eight were “heavily armed”.

The officers wanted to speak to him about the terror attacks, his views on police, Muslims and other religions. He was then asked if anyone was home.

The man said the officers told him the hour-long visit was initiated in part because he purchased an A-category AR15 from Gun City a day after the March 15 terror attack. His gun, which was being held in a secure safe, was seized, along with some other items including a scope and ammunition.

Stuff. end quote.

It was legal to buy those guns at that point, and there is no reason to think that either of these people would do anything inappropriate. People on farms and lifestyle blocks have weapons. It does not mean they will go out and kill people. They could do that with their other weapons anyway.

Also, I have seen claims on Twitter that the police are telling people to stop calling Jacinda Ardern a socialist on Facebook. The evidence for this is anecdotal, but apparently someone called Magic Talk Radio and talked about this on Thursday.

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Is this the society we live in now? One where we cannot make what is a factual statement about the prime minister, who has been a socialist all her life?

I do not know what is happening here. It may just be a gross overreaction to the Christchurch massacre, but the police have got the guy that did it. It appears that they are now treating innocent people as suspects in a crime that they clearly had nothing to do with.

Why are the police ‘defending’ the prime minister from statements of truth? To call her a socialist is accurate. Why do the police think they have the right to tell anyone not to say so?

It seems to me that the police are searching out people with attitudes and opinions that they do not like. Even white supremacists are entitled to their opinions, so long as they commit no crimes. That is not, however, how things are starting to pan out. Now it seems that you can be interviewed by the police because you have right wing views.

It is good to see the police enforcing the law so vigorously on ordinary citizens. Shame they can’t treat gangs in an equally forceful way.

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Well you didn't a study to realise this but here is confirmation. 

Persecution of Christians reaches genocide levels

A British report has concluded that 80 percent of all persecuted religious believers in the world are Christians.

The study, commissioned by British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Boxing Day 2018, aimed to assess the level of global persecution of Christians in order to review current government policies.

What the review - led by the Bishop of Truro the Right Reverend Philip Mounstephen - discovered, was a dire situation for Christians around the world, especially those in the Middle East and Africa.

Levels of persecution in those areas have been labelled as genocide after meeting the criteria adopted by the United Nations (UN).

"In 2016 various political bodies including the UK parliament, the European Parliament and the US House of Representatives, declared that ISIS atrocities against Christians and other religious minority groups such as Yazidis and Shi'a Muslims met the tests of genocide," Mounstephen wrote.

The report also referred to figures which claimed Christians in Palestine represent less than 1.5 percent of the population, while in Iraq they had fallen from 1.5 million before 2003 to less than 120,000.

"Christianity is at risk of disappearing, representing a massive setback for plurality in the region," Mounstephen continued.

Christian organisation Open Doors revealed in a 2019 report on anti-Christian oppression that "approximately 245 million Christians are at risk of high, very high or extreme levels of persecution".

The findings released this week are part of an interim report, as further analysis of the global situation was deemed necessary. The full results will be revealed by the end of June.

The report comes in the wake of the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, which saw approximately 250 people die and more than 500 injured in a series of attacks on hotels and Christian churches.

Newshub.

 

And so the slaughter of Christians around the world continues whilst our media ignore it...... 

May 13, 2019 10:03am

Gunmen have killed six people including a priest outside a Catholic church in Burkina Faso, the government says, the second attack on Christians in two weeks in a nation increasingly overrun by jihadists.

Congregants were leaving church around 9am local time on Sunday in the town of Dablo in the Central North region when about 20 men encircled them and shot six dead, according to a government statement and local sources.

The attackers then burned the church, looted a pharmacy and some others stores, and left, Dablo mayor Ousmane Zongo told Reuters.

The government statement only mentioned the burning of a shop and two vehicles.

“These terrorist groups are now attacking religion with the macabre aim of dividing us,” it said.

Burkina Faso has been beset by a rise in attacks in 2019 as groups with links to Islamic State and al-Qaeda based in neighbouring Mali seek to fuel local tensions and extend their influence over the porous borders of the Sahel, the arid scrubland south of the Sahara.

The government declared a state of emergency in several northern provinces bordering Mali in December because of deadly Islamist attacks. But violence has only worsened since.

Two French soldiers were killed in an operation to rescue four people taken hostage in Burkina Faso last week, France said

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