In the wake of yesterday’s rampage by 28 year old Brenton Tarrant in Christchurch, New Zealand, which left 49 dead and another 42 wounded, Muslim migrants in the US and Europe are taking to social media to voice their anger — by threatening vengeance.
Police in the United States and several European countries have received reports of bomb scares and mass shooting threats targeting Christian churches. One Twitter user posted a vague threat “revenge is coming,” with an image of an AK-47 rifle scrawled with white Arabic writing to mimic the symbolic writing and runes on Tarrant’s weapons and magazines.
Tarrant stated in his manifesto, “The Great Replacement,” that the goal of the killings at the two New Zealand mosques was to cause greater political polarization in the form of a second American civil war, and deepen the growing divide between white Europeans and Muslim migrants. Tarrant had written that he hoped liberals in America would react to the shooting with gun control measures, and back the right into a corner from which it could only keep its firearms by using them. After a quick glimpse of the rage-fueled comments and posts appearing online from Muslims in response to the shooting, it would appear he has succeeded at least in part.
The Double Standard
The very same international Muslim community that remained largely silent during the beheadings of “infidels,” the bombing last month of a Catholic cathedral in the Philippines, and the slaying of innocents in France and other countries is rebuking President Trump and his supporters for not showing a significant enough amount of empathy for the Christchurch victims, with Trump’s tweet of a Breitbart article on the shootings drawing criticism from leftwing media outlets and CAIR due to Breitbart’s supposed “Islamophobia.”
In Washington, D.C., on Friday, police said they were providing “an increased presence at mosques in the nation’s capital,” and city officials were contacting religious leaders in communities there. And in New York, the city’s police department announced that it had also deployed “extra NYPD officers” to mosques throughout the city. No mention of extra security measures for churches was made, and requests for comment on the one-sided protective measures were not returned.
The FBI has instructed its field offices to investigate every person of interest and suspect who has shown any interest in attacking a religious institution, which makes it clear the Bureau believes at least some of the threats are legitimate. One of the biggest concerns voiced by investigators is that copycat killers will be inspired by Tarrant’s acts and his subsequent rise to fame, however, there is an equal potential of the next attack being perpetrated by the very same demographic he targeted.
As churches and mosques become the new battlefields in the culture wars, the need for the Second Amendment should be more obvious than ever before.