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Politicians condemn Australian senator who blamed Muslim immigration for Christchurch shooting

Politicians have roundly condemned controversial Australian senator Fraser Anning for blaming Muslim immigration for the Christchurch mosque shooting.

The Independent Queensland senator released a statement on Friday, claiming the growing fear of the ‘increasing Muslim presence’ was behind the massacre – in which 49 worshippers were killed during Friday prayers.

Labor frontbencher Tony Burke told the ABC ‘the normalisation of bigotry is something that is not only confined to him’. 

‘We need to call it out, we need to make sure that no way any member of parliament fosters it. He wants the conflict and he wants the notoriety,’ he said on Saturday.

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Senator Fraser Anning said the real cause of bloodshed on New Zealand streets on Friday is the immigration program that allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place

Senator Fraser Anning said the real cause of bloodshed on New Zealand streets on Friday is the immigration program that allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place

A man who identified himself as Brenton Tarrant (pictured) live-streamed the massacre of dozens of people in Christchurch, New Zealand

A man who identified himself as Brenton Tarrant (pictured) live-streamed the massacre of dozens of people in Christchurch, New Zealand

‘He was put there as the result of being on the One Nation ticket. One Nation is the reason he is there.’

Prime Minister Scott Morrison also hit out at the independent senator’s comments in a tweet on Friday.

‘The remarks by Senator Fraser Anning blaming the murderous attacks by a violent, right-wing, extremist terrorist in New Zealand on immigration are disgusting. These views have no place in Australia, let alone in the Australian Parliament.’

Opposition leader Bill Shorten also voiced his anger at the comments.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison also hit out at the independent senator's comments in a tweet on Friday

Prime Minister Scott Morrison also hit out at the independent senator’s comments in a tweet on Friday

Witnesses reported hearing 50 shots and police are responding to the incident at Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch on the country's South Island

Witnesses reported hearing 50 shots and police are responding to the incident at Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch on the country’s South Island 

‘While families in Christchurch mourn for loved ones they’ve lost, an obscure Australian senator saw this act of terrorism and tragedy as an opportunity to blame the murder victims,’ he tweeted

Mehreen Faruqi, the first Muslim woman elected to federal parliament, named Senator Anning and Pauline Hanson as politicians who target Muslims.

‘There is blood on the hands of politicians who incite hate. To me, there is a clear link between their politics of hate and this sickening, senseless violence in Christchurch,’ she tweeted. 

Senator for Queensland, William Fraser Anning (pictured) said on Friday while any form of violence can never be justified, immigration is the real reason for the shooting

Senator for Queensland, William Fraser Anning (pictured) said on Friday while any form of violence can never be justified, immigration is the real reason for the shooting

Opposition leader Bill Shorten also voiced his anger at Senator Anning's comments

Opposition leader Bill Shorten also voiced his anger at Senator Anning’s comments

Senator Anning, who was kicked out of the Katter’s Australian Party, sparked a deluge of negative reactions on Friday, with people immediately condemning him on social media. 

‘White supremacy (your ideology) killed these people. Shut the f*** up and have some respect,’ one person wrote on Twitter. 

‘Resign. You do not deserve to stand representative of the Australian people,’ another person said. 

A third person added: ‘You are an embarrassment to humanity’. 

In a follow-up statement, Senator Anning said he opposed to any form of violence within our community and totally condemned the actions of the gunman.  

‘What it highlights is the growing fear within our community, both in Australia and New Zealand, of the increasing Muslim presence,’ he said.  

One of the gunmen is believed to have live-streamed the mass shooting inside the Al Noor Mosque, which happened at 1.30pm as Friday prayers were underway

One of the gunmen is believed to have live-streamed the mass shooting inside the Al Noor Mosque, which happened at 1.30pm as Friday prayers were underway

At least one gunman has opened fire at a mosque in New Zealand , shooting at children and killing dozens of people

At least one gunman has opened fire at a mosque in New Zealand , shooting at children and killing dozens of people

Senator Fraser Anning’s shocking comments came after news of the multiple shootings at two mosques in New Zealand first broke earlier on Friday morning. 

A 28-year-old Australian white supremacist opened fire at Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch on the country’s South Island about 1.30pm (11.30am AEDT) on Friday.

The gunman, Brenton Tarrant from Grafton in northern New South Wales, live-streamed the mass shooting.

Senator Fraser Anning described as ‘cliched nonsense’ the idea that nationalist ideology was to blame. 

Three shootings have taken place in Christchurch on Friday afternoon, two at mosques and another at Christchurch Hospital 

Bloodied bandages are seen on the road following a shooting at the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday

Bloodied bandages are seen on the road following a shooting at the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday

‘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,’ he said.

Senator Fraser Anning said while Muslims were the victims in this instance, they were usually the perpetrators.

‘Worldwide, Muslims are killing people in the name of their faith on an industrial scale,’ he said.    

‘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.’

A man wearing military fatigues (pictured) was arrested outside Papanui High School

A man wearing military fatigues (pictured) was arrested outside Papanui High School

Senator Anning’s statement in full

New Zealand Mosque Shooting

Speaking following reports of multiple shootings at two Mosques in New Zealand earlier today, Senator Fraser Anning has responded with strong condemnation.

‘I am utterly opposed to any form of violence within our community, and I totally condemn the actions of the gunman,’ he said.

‘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.

‘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 cliched nonsense.

Anning has sparked outrage after blaming immigration for the mosque shootings in New Zealand

Anning has sparked outrage after blaming immigration for the mosque shootings in New Zealand

‘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.

‘Let us be clear, while Muslims may have been the victims today, usually they are the perpetrators. World-wide, 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 this instance, does not make them blameless.

‘As we read in Matthew 26:52, ‘all they that take the sword, shall perish by the sword’ and those who follow a violent religion that calls on them to murder us, cannot be too surprised when someone takes them at their word and responds in kind,’ Senator Anning concluded.

The senator said Islam was not like any other faith and quoted the Bible to justify his assertion.

‘It is the religious equivalent of fascism. And just because the followers of this savage belief were not the killers in this instance, does not make them blameless,’ he said.

‘As we read in Matthew 26:52, ‘All they that take the sword, shall perish by the sword’ and those who follow a violent religion that calls on them to murder us, cannot be too surprised when someone takes them at their word and responds in kind.’ 

In August, Senator Anning told Parliament a ‘final solution’ to Muslim immigration was needed in the form of a plebiscite, several months after defecting from Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party. 

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