"They Are The Perpetrators" - An Aussie Politician Blamed Muslims For Attack On NZ Mosques

He called Islam the "religious equivalent of fascism."

Cover image via The Star Toronto & ABC News (edited)

Following the terror attack today at two mosques in New Zealand, which has left at least 49 people dead so far, Australian senator Fraser Anning released a statement saying "While Muslims may have been the victims today, usually they are the perpetrators"

Senator Anning said the attacks highlighted the "growing fear over an increasing Muslim presence" in Australian and New Zealand communities.

The Queensland Senator went on to claim that the real cause of the bloodshed that's left at least 49 people dead, is New Zealand's immigration policy which "allowed Muslims fanatics to migrant to New Zealand in the first place".

"I am utterly opposed to any form of violence within our community, and I totally condemn the actions of the gunman," Senator Anning said.

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

"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 Fraser Anning.

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He even claimed that the Muslims were the real perpetrators

"Let us be clear, while Muslims may have been the victims today, usually they are the perpetrators. Worldwide, Muslims are killing people in the name of their faith on an industrial scale.

"The entire religion of Islam is simply the violent ideology of a sixth-century despot masquerading as a religious leader, which justifies endless war against anyone who opposes it and calls for the murder of unbelievers and apostates.

"The truth is that Islam is not like any other faith. It is the religious equivalent of fascism. And just because the followers of this savage belief were not the killers in the stance, does not make them blameless.

He ended 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".

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The senator has since been called out and criticised by others

Another Australian Senator, Mehreen Faruqi, who is Australia's first female Muslim senator, took to her Twitter to share her views:

"Muslims have been targeted during Friday prayers. This is not an isolated event with mysterious causes. This is not random. This is the consequence of the Islamophobic and racist hate that has been normalised and legitimised by some politicians and media.

"We know Muslims are directly targeted by politicians day after day including those on the far-right like Pauline Hanson and Fraser Anning. We know Muslims are demonised constantly. We know we are hated by some.

"Attending Friday prayers is a family ritual for millions of Muslims. My heart breaks for everyone who has lost family and friends today, and Muslims around the world who worry for their safety each day," Senator Mehreen tweeted.

"Let's call this what it is. A planned terrorist attack targeting Muslims."

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The Aussie politician got egged:

Initial news coverage of the attack at the mosques: