«We stand here and condemn absolutely the attack that occurred today by an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist,»Australian Prime MinisterScott Morrisontold a news conference, as his country grapples with the fact that one of its own murdered 50Muslim worshippers in neighboring New Zealand.
The kind of anti-Muslim views espoused by politicians and pundits are indistinguishable from those disseminated by violent far-right groups
While Morrison should be commended for calling out and identifying exactly who and what the Christchurch mosque mass murderer is – «a right wing, violent terrorist»– Australia’s political leader and his conservative party is responsible for the mainstreaming of the kind of anti-Muslim rhetoric that once existed only in memes found in the far-right blogosphere.
Bearin mind that Morrison, as then opposition immigration spokesman in 2011, urged the shadow cabinet to leverage growing anxieties voters held about «Muslim immigration»,»Muslims in Australia»,and the «inability» of Muslims to integrate into the…
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