Is there not a significant difference between war within a country’s borders, whether religiously motivated or not, (and whether you like it or not wars fought in the name of religion are almost always about power, not getting to heaven), and some goose popping off a few dozen people in an otherwise peaceful environment?
Kochie is wrong no matter what he says - however it is estimated (source not confirmed) that 31%, let’s call that one third of the world’s mass shootings have taken place in the USA and the overwhelming majority of the perpetrators of those is not of a dark skin colour and do not use religion as their excuse to get their jollies killing innocent folk.
However. I can’t help but think we are reaping what we sow here. When an act of terrorism takes place, in the name of a particular god-figure, we hold everyone of that religion to task for the act, whether or not the majority of them are just as appalled as we are, whether or not the killings were contrary to the actual doctrine of that religion.
Now, by having this discussion are we not just hinting that in NZ, “well they had it coming to them”? Why are we taking this defensive stance and not denouncing the act in EVERY discussion? We criticise the Moslems for doing that, for not being outraged enough, well now its out turn to show the contempt we feel for this action.
The murders in NZ have nothing to do with sectarian violence whether in Pakistan or anywhere else. One gutless idiot simply murdered a bunch of entirely innocent people because he didn’t like the colour of their skin. His were the actions of a growing violent fringe of our society, one that we could do well to rid ourselves of before others join the Turkish PM sees us for the racist bunch of Islamaphobes we are rapidly becoming…
I recently bought a couple of metal folders/benders (a pan brake and a press brake) and had to re-organise and clean up the shed to fit them in. I easily filled a 3m3 skip, but it now looks a lot better.
I really should take a photo before I mess it up again.
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