In the wake of the Christchurch attack, over 300 Australian Muslims including senior community advocates, journalists, academics, business leaders, health and education professionals have signed a statement calling on the Government to remove racially hostile and discriminatory language from politics.

The spokesperson for the statement, Zaahir Edries, said “The Government has expressed sympathy for the victims of the Christchurch attack.  However, it does not seem to be reflecting on its own role in contributing to the hostile environment that makes such attacks more likely.”

“There is a broad consensus in our community that such an attack was inevitable given the ugly nature of public debate around Muslims and Islam in this country.”

“It’s quite clear that the Coalition has repeatedly used the Muslim community as an easy target, painting us as a threat to the rest of the country.”

“We have Coalition MPs like George Christensen who have spoken at Reclaim Australia rallies which are attended by white supremacists.  When the Coalition openly congratulates divisive figures like Pauline Hanson and Fraser Anning on the floor or our Senate, they are simply normalising extremist ideas.”

“When extreme racism and discriminatory rhetoric is normalised, hate crimes increase.  We have witnessed this worldwide.”

“The signatories come from a wide cross-section of the Muslim community.  Many of them, particularly in health, education and community development, work on the frontlines dealing with the results of racism and Islamophobia on a daily basis.”

“Scott Morrison once accused Muslims of having our head in the sand about terrorism.  It would seem that the Prime Minister has his head in the sand about Islamophobia.”

Read “Christchurch and Islamophobia: A statement from The Australian Muslim Community”:

Christchurch and Islamophobia: A statement from The Australian Muslim Community