The past week has passed in a blur for many here in New Zealand with feelings of anger, sadness, and disbelief. People were expecting a loved one to come home from worship but instead, they were taken in a violent unexpected attack. I always thought of New Zealand as a place where people could follow their faith or religion in peace. Terrorist attacks have the aim of making people afraid of going to worship or pray. Yet people are now stronger than ever and praying for love, hope, and compassion.
As the country mourns and comes to terms with what has happened, I wanted to look at the effects of white supremacy and how it impacts Islam terrorism. When one side attacks the other often retaliates.
There are certainly some white terrorists who commit horrible violent acts as they see Muslims and immigrants as a threat. As we have seen here in New Zealand, one man decided to take it to the extreme and kill 50 Muslims in a place of worship. The country had never seen such a vile terrorist attack.
It was heartwarming seeing tributes flow in across the country to support the victims in such a terrible time. Prime Minister Jacinda Arden won’t even say the shooter’s name and semi-automatic guns will be removed. The shooters trial will most likely happen behind closed doors. The country tends to make things disappear as Steve Braunias says in his reflection on our darkest day in New Zealand the country is erasing things;
We blank history, we delete it. Are we afraid of something? What are we afraid of?
2. White Supremacy & Islam Terrorism
After the shootings in Christchurch, it prompted ISIS leader Abu Hassan al-Muhajir to break his silence calling for revenge on their religion. It’s clear white supremacy and Islam terrorism strengthen each other as the Washington Post says.
When the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the 2015 attacks in Paris that killed 130 people, it described the French capital as a city of “prostitution and vice” and a “crusader” capital. Compare this denunciation with Tarrant’s manifesto, which contends that Muslims are bent on destroying his race, as evidenced by his own visit to the “cursed” Gallic nation.
Both white supremacist groups and ISIS are able to use social media as a weapon to broadcast brutal killings, Tarrant using Facebook Live, while ISIS records brutal beheadings. In December 2018, a 24-year-old Scandinavian tourist was beheaded with a video shared on social media. White supremacist groups and ISIS have a base of supporters which is fuelling the hate crimes even further.
The media has everyone in a panic of white supremacy rising, yet a newly released, Black and White Book of Terrorism in Europe, paints a different picture. The book is an initiative of Spanish MEP Maité Pagazaurtundua, president of the Foundation for Victims of Terrorism, listing the 753 people killed in terror attacks in the European Union between 2000 and 2018. The reports have revealed radical Islamic terrorists have accounted for 91 percent of the total terror victims since the year 2000. We can see similar trends in an article by the Washington Post looking at 46 years of terrorist attacks in Europe.
The Jihad War
The rise of jihad terror is becoming prominent in countries like Nigeria, the Philippines, and Russia which of course isn’t often reported in mainstream media.
In May 2017, the jihadis who took over Marawi during the uprising forced women into sex-slavery and ordered Christian men embrace Islam or be used as human shields against the Philippine Army. The Philippine Army was battling the Islamic Abu Sayyaf terrorist group for control of the city.
While the ostensible reason behind it may be political or territorial, the sadistic hate that accompanies attacks on Christians and their churches suggests that ideology is the ultimate cause.
It’s quite sad seeing articles from independent publishers like Snopes who say the murder of Christian’s is fake news if they happen to get the number wrong of dead victims. Maybe the death toll just kept rising! Such as the January 27th bombing where 20 Christian’s were killed and 111 were injured during mass. Or in Nigeria, when 120 Christian’s were killed by Fulani militant Muslims. Snopes was quick to blame the murders on an ongoing herder-farmer conflict as have most international media outlets.
Of course, these Christians are deliberately targeted as the Church leaders said;
How can it be a clash when one group is persistently attacking, killing, maiming, destroying; and the other group is persistently being killed, maimed and their places of worship destroyed? How can it be a clash when the herdsmen are hunting farmers in their own villages/communities and farmers are running for their lives?”
Snopes wrote on their website we are taking away attention from the Christchurch attack by mentioning the Nigerian killings. Both are wrong crimes agianst humans. Can we not grieve for all who suffer around the world for practicing their faith? The narrative in these opinion pieces are dangerous and close off any discussion around what is happening. Wanting to stay informed or mourn the loss of Christian lives due to Jihad attacks is apparently painting Muslims as the “bad guys” again because of the Christchurch Attacks. It’s simply not the case.
I for one find it heartbreaking 11 Christians are killed every day for their decision to follow Jesus and spread the gospel to those who need it. Many of them live in the top 10 dangerous countries including North Korea, Afganistan, and Libya.
The Jihad Watch
How can we stay up to date with what is happening when the media stays silent? Islamic scholar Robert Spencer who has provided seminars on Islam and jihad for the FBI started the Jihad Watch. As it says on their website, why Jihad?
Because non-Muslims in the West, as well as in India, China, Russia, and the world over, are facing a concerted effort by Islamic jihadists, the motives and goals of whom are largely ignored by the Western media, to destroy their societies and impose Islamic law upon them — and to commit violence to that end even while their overall goal remains out of reach. That effort goes under the general rubric of jihad.
Spencer has published 19 books and in one of them, The History of Jihad: From Muhammed to ISIS, he discussed Islamic terror is as old as Islam itself, as old as Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, who said: “I have been made victorious through terror.” Of course, people do get offended and start to throw out words like Islamaphobia and cry racist if you have a different view from them especially when it comes to Islam.
I think I would trust the opinion of an expert Islam critic who has presented seminars on Islam and jihad for the FBI versus people who say to me yeah sure I’ve read the Quran, and what? The type of reaction where words like Islamaphobia are thrown in the mix snaps shut any conversation about how the jihad or ISIS recruit through manipulation. When it comes to the word Islamaphobia, Spencer sums it up well;
The term “Islamophobia” is used for two distinct and unrelated phenomena: vigilante attacks on innocent Muslims, which are never justified, and honest analysis of the ways that jihadis use the texts and teachings of Islam to justify violence and make recruits among peaceful ones. The former are being used to shut down the latter.
I understand everyone is sensitive or not wanting to offend people here in New Zealand any further, especially the Muslim community who have gone through a nightmare in the past week. However, the word Islamaphobia is almost becoming a way to deny and forget those killed by Islamic terrorists.
Both white supremacy and Islam terrorism have begun to feed off each other to justify a string of shocking crimes. It’s impossible to end one without removing the other. As the nation mourns we must also stay alert. Now is the time to look at why a white person decided to attack a mosque and how we can remove such evil ideologies before it spreads.
While the media claims white supremacy is on the rise they are ignoring the threat of extreme jihad. How can we prevent further bloodshed and genocide? Let’s start talking about it.