Does our Prime Minister really mean that?
We read in Stuff that there has been a recent history of violence between the Muslims of Sri Lanka and its Buddhist majority, "After the civil war ended, a religious divide quickly took hold, with hardline Buddhist monks rallying Sri Lankans against what they argue is a pernicious threat: Muslims, who make up roughly 10 per cent of the country's population. Buddhist nationalist leaders accuse Muslims of recruiting children, trying to grow their ranks by marrying Buddhist women and attacking Buddhist shrines."
What!? Muslims are suffering from unaccountable Islamophobia in Sri Lanka too? You mean as well as all throughout the West and in Myanmar and the Philippines and China and Thailand and Jammu & Kashmir and Chechnya and Israel and Tanzania and Nigeria and so many other spots?
Now stop for a second and consider this: either it is true that, for some totally inexplicable reason, Muslims in each of the above contexts have been forced to resort to violence because they're being terribly persecuted by the majority peoples - be they atheist, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu or Jewish - or they have an understanding of their Faith and of themselves that inexorably leads to conflict.
To check this have a look at those parts of the world where Muslims are the majority and evaluate how well other religious minorities are treated there.
Starting to get the picture?
One of the suicide mass murderers was even a well known Muslim preacher who said that "Allah created [Sri Lanka] for Muslims". How could a preacher so misconstrue the peaceful teachings of Islam? And why do so many Muslim scholars and religious leaders do the same? Do have a look through my archives, I have so many examples...
I asked a while ago what we would do if there was a retaliatory attack on one of our churches in New Zealand following the Christchurch attack. It seems I forgot that we live in a much smaller world today. Many Muslims think collectively and regard all westerners as Christians - a little like many of our politicians, academics and media in the West view Christians as always being in power, because, as The Apostate Prophet pointed out: Christian=Western=White=Powerful - and therefore any Christian/Western target is viable for retaliation.
So as it seems as the Islamic State may have been behind the attack they have helpfully clarified for us that these Sri Lankan attacks were part of that response,
The Islamic State supporters have indicated that the Colombo bombings were in retaliation for strikes on Mosques. SITE Intel group said that the ISIS supporters portrayed the attack as revenge for strikes on mosques and Muslims in general. It may be recalled that in 2016 there were reports that 32 elite Muslims had joined the Islamic State.
The ISIS had warned that it would target the Buddhists in Sri Lanka. Further looking at the pattern of the blast and also the fact that the attack was targeted only at the Catholics and foreigners, it suggests that the outfit has a hand behind this attack.
Unfortunately, news coverage here (or elsewhere in the West) hasn't always been helpful. For example, an item showed "Pakistanis hold[ing] a vigil for the victims of the terror attacks across Sri Lanka." What the article declined to point out was that these weren't just "Pakistanis" these were members of the CPA, the Christian Peoples Alliance of Pakistan which has an enormously hard time standing up for its own Christian minority under state and private persecution in Muslim majority Pakistan . Yet the impression given is of a general solidarity among all Pakistanis for the attacks, which may not at all be the case.
Since Sri Lanka's National Thowheeth Jama'ath (National Tauwhid Organisation, Tauhid is Islam’s absolute monotheism that sees virtually every other religion as idolatrous) has now also attacked Christians there, the CPA really understands the issues.
On the the other hand I have yet to see any Pakistani or Sri Lankan Muslims - despite some words from their leaders, ah yes, words, don't we all love words - holding a vigil as New Zealanders of all beliefs did following the Christchurch attack. Neither have I read a statement of sympathy from the New Zealand Islamic association FIANZ, which might be something of a surprise given the recent attacks here and their renewed sensitivity to such things.
Might this be indicative of a particularly exclusivist mindset that arises out of Islamic scripture where Muslims are told they are superior, “the best of people” (Qur’an 3:110), and that non-Muslims are inferior, “the most vile of created beings” (Qur’an 98:6)?
But as I opened with, despite our PM's supposed determination to "find the will and the answers to end such violence" I'm afraid that is very unlikely to happen. Those jihad mass murderers did what they did for the same reason that Brunei and 10 other Muslim countries and states put homosexuals to death: it is the Sharia of Allah. It is the revealed Divine Law. Suicide attacks are encouraged in holy scripture as this Pakistani declares. Scriptures such as: “Indeed, Allah has purchased from the believers their lives and their properties for that they will have Paradise. They fight in the cause of Allah , so they kill and are killed.” ( Qur'an 9:111)
With these sacred scriptures of Islam no man - and certainly no woman - can argue. It's going to take more than temporary shock and fleeting compassion, it's going to take some real determination on the part of our leaders to honestly confront the real threat.
But have they got it in them?