That coupling of “Muslim” with “fanatics” is bound to resonate in many non-Muslim circles. Senator Anning is the only mainstream politician to extend even qualified approval to the motives that supposedly inspired the Christchurch bloodbath. It’s revealing how the tragic shooting in New Zealand appears differently to different people, depending on where they stand. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan sees it as an explosion of Islamophobia. Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlüt Çavusoglu also complains that Muslims are being demonised. But many Europeans and North Americans — as well as Sangh Parivar diehards — probably quietly agree with Queensland’s Senator Fraser […]

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