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Christian Host Bryan Fischer Defends New Zealand Terror Attack As ‘Vigilante Justice’

Mar 18, 2019

By Michael Stone

Conservative Christian radio host Bryan Fischer claims the New Zealand terrorist “took things into his own hands” because his government would not do anything to stop Islam.

Fischer, speaking on his “Focal Point” radio show a day after a terrorist attack left 49 people dead at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, argued that “Islam is something that needs to be stopped” while rationalizing and justifying the terrible terror attack.

Fischer said:

I hate Islam. I hate Islam because it is a danger to everything that is important to me: My faith, my country, my liberty, Christianity, civil rights. Everything that you and I treasure is threatened by Islam.

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2 comments on “Christian Host Bryan Fischer Defends New Zealand Terror Attack As ‘Vigilante Justice’

  • Giving aid and comfort to terrorists, this guy.  NZ has an extradition treaty with the US, doesn’t it?

    If it was a different bunch of terrorists, he’d be on a list.  Watchlist, no-fly list, or even a drone-target-list.  

     


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  • Bryan Fischer: “Conservative Christian radio host Bryan Fischer claims the New Zealand terrorist “took things into his own hands” because his government would not do anything to stop Islam.”

    One of the problems with this argument is that it does not fit the facts. The terrorist in question is an Australian who has lived in New Zealand intermittently for only a few years. His own so-called manifesto expresses his hatred of Muslims and his opposition to immigration more generally, and it promotes some sort of Caucasoid chauvinism; but it does not single out any particular government as having failed to prevent the spread of Islam. Which government’s ineffectiveness does Mr Fischer think provoked the terrorist’s attacks? The Australian government? — which is actually the terrorist’s government by citizenship, and which has had trouble in the past with some of its Muslim communities. Or the New Zealand government? — which is the government whose laws he has lived under during the times of his residence in New Zealand, and which has never had trouble with the small Muslim communities in this country. Mr Fischer’s language suggests that the terrorist was perpetrating his crimes in his own country and even refers to him misleadingly as “the New Zealand terrorist”, when the terrorist’s own public statements include the remark that he chose to attack Muslims in New Zealand to show that nowhere in the world was safe from the reach of the murderous thuggery he represented.

    I find it hard to believe that a radio host can get such basic facts wrong and go on to construct such an obviously faulty argument on air and not be taken to task for it. Mr Fischer is clearly not a competent journalist, and, if he does well in his job, it is because he broadcasts to an uncritical, likeminded audience.


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