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'Disgusting': Politician Denounced for Blaming Mosque Shootings - Which Killed 49 - on Muslims

16 March 2019

In a statement released just hours after the attack, Mr Anning condemned the gunman but said that "usually (Muslims) are the perpetrators".

In a letter on Friday, the Queensland politician, who openly opposes Muslim immigration to Australia, said: "The real cause of the bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand".

Mr Shorten said Senator Anning was "chasing a headline" and wondered whether his comments had made Australians less safe overseas.

He went on to claim the real cause of the bloodshed that's left at least 49 people dead is New Zealand's immigration policy.

"This act of terror on innocent worshippers is an atrocity and we grieve with the victims and their families", Dr Jneid said in a statement.

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He wrote: "Does anyone still dispute the link between Muslim immigration and violence?"

Calling the religion as a violent ideology, Senator Anning said that Islam is a violent ideology of a "despot" acting as a religious leader.

Perhaps the most notable person to criticise the disgusting, anti-Muslim remarks was none other than the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison himself.

An Australian senator is being heavily criticized for lashing out at Muslim immigrants in the wake of the horrific shootings at two New Zealand mosques.

A media adviser for Senator Anning told news.com.au yesterday there had been no backlash to the statement, but it only took minutes for social media to blow up in outrage.

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Dr Jneid urged all governments to give extra attention to the rise of anti-Muslim sentiment and extremism and also encouraged all mosques and places of worship and Muslims in Australia to be extra vigilant in the coming days.

Remarks by a far-right Australian senator after the Christchurch terror attack were "sickening" and Islamophobic, said Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam.

In another tweet he doubled down saying Friday was not an "excuse" to forget lives lost to "Islamic terrorist attacks".

My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the disgusting massacre in the Mosques.

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'Disgusting': Politician Denounced for Blaming Mosque Shootings - Which Killed 49 - on Muslims