Amidst the heated discussions that followed the Christchurch massacre in New Zealand, some people have started to come out with hardline opinions that they had managed to keep under wraps until now.
A notable example is Fraser Anning, a politician from Australia, who is currently facing massive backlash over a statement in which he blamed Muslims as a whole for the recent tragedy.
Worse, Anning seems to see the attacks as acts of vigilantism, rather than terrorism, which he explained while stating that Muslims are “usually” the perpetrators in incidents like this one.
He went on to say that Muslims around the world are killing people in the name of their faith.
Anning stated: "While Muslims may be the victims today, usually they are the perpetrators. Worldwide, Muslims are killing people in the name of their faith on an industrial scale. 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."
He added: "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. However, whilst 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."
The politician has received a lot of criticism over his statements. Speculations indicate that he might have lost a significant chunk of his public support as well.
His words were painted in an even worse light by the responses of many religious communities around the world, which have expressed their sympathy for the loss of lives in New Zealand.
Many assume that the incident is going to see significant exploitation on the political scene, as various groups have already started attempting to use it as a platform to push their agendas.
In the meantime, most of the world has maintained a solemn attitude towards the situation, and many have come forward to express their condolences and offer words of support.
Many have also pointed out that society should do its best to erase any memory of the attacker, and focus on the victims.
In related news, a young boy has decided to egg the controversial politician and instantly became an Internet superstar.
Do you think it is wrong or right to say that Muslims helped create this kind of violence?