An emotional Waleed Aly choked back tears while calling for unity on The Project in the wake of the bloody terrorist attacks in Christchurch.
‘I’m gutted, I’m scared, and I’m overcome with utter hopelessness,’ the 40-year-old devout Muslim said on Friday.
‘The most dishonest thing would be to say that I’m shocked, there’s nothing about what happened in Christchurch today that shocks me,’ he said.
‘I know exactly what those moments before the shooting began would have been like.
‘I know how quiet, how still, how introspective those people would have been before they were suddenly gunned down.’
The Project host slammed comments made after the horrific attacks by politician Fraser Anning.
He read out quotes that the Senator wrote on a parliamentary stationary on Friday.
‘Islam is not like any other faith. It is the religious equivalent of facism,’ the Senator wrote.
‘The real cause of bloodshed… is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate in the first place.’
‘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 suprised when somone takes them at their word and repsonds in kind’
The Project host repeated the comments saying this kind of speech incites hate.
‘I don’t want to name him but all parties have denounced him,’ Mr Aly said.
He was clearly struggling to keep his composure during the speech.
‘We are one community and everything we say to try and tear people apart, to demonise groups set them against each other – that all has consequences,’ he said.
An emotional Waleed Aly choked back tears while calling for unity on The Project in the wake of the bloody terrorist attacks in Christchurch