Yesterday an evil was unleashed on the streets of Christchurch.
A live-streamed and callous evil that penetrated men, women and children and was then deliberately distributed digitally into homes and phones around the world.
As New Zealand is such a close neighbour and has such strong cultural and historical ties with us, this particular evil hits home harder than similar attacks in Canada, Norway, Germany or England.
This sense is only strengthened by the shame of knowing that the perpetrator of the Christchurch mosques terrorist attacks is an Australian.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the at least 49 dead and their shattered families.
Yesterday, when I first heard about this attack, I was filled with immense sadness. Not shock, not surprise. Just sadness.
For once, I am in agreement with something Waleed Aly has said. He stated this yesterday:
But of all the things I could say tonight, I’m gutted and I’m scared and I feel overcome with utter hopelessness, the most dishonest thing, the most dishonest thing would be to say that I’m shocked.
I’m simply not.
There’s nothing about what happened in Christchurch today that shocks me.
And there is nothing about it that shocks me either.
Instead, there is just the dreadful knowledge that something terrible has been unleashed; a danger that I have long feared would occur but had hoped would never happen.
And it is a danger that I have done my very best to warn away and to awaken society to.
On June 5, 2013, I wrote these words:
There will be three types of violence in this country.
Firstly, the Islamic community at large will harbour those who will threaten, injure or kill Australians because they are not Muslim.
Secondly, within the Islamic community there will be sectarian war…
…Thirdly, some Australians will take the law into their own hands and retaliate against Muslims.
The very next day, I wrote this:
Yesterday, in what appears to be a violent response, an Islamic centre in London was burnt to the ground. This is by no means an isolated incident, either.
I wrote yesterday that this type of reactionary violence was inevitable.
Some non-Muslims, seeing the threat posed by Islam, are going to take the law into their own hands. Some citizens, recognising the failure of their government to protect its citizens, will act without waiting for their government.
Now, I am not saying that this reaction is good, or welcome. But it is not unexpected.
And almost four years later to the day, I wrote this:
And here is some plainer speaking.
The time of reckoning is coming. Anger is rising. If the government won’t take common sense steps to protect its citizens, then citizens will lose confidence in the government and protect themselves.
When that happens, there will be bloodshed. Lots of it. And on both sides.
That is bad enough, but I greatly fear that this evil will be compounded by a government that responds with totalitarianism and oppression of everything; including those things that made Western civilisation great.
We’ve already seen the rise of vigilantes and reactionary and retaliatory attacks against Muslims. This is not a lawful, legitimate or moral solution. But it is a sign that our institutions are failing.
Additional reactionary attacks are coming, just as sure as the next Islamic terrorist attack is as well.
It gives me absolutely no joy that I have been proven right. I would much rather have been wrong.
But I am not wrong.
It is immensely frustrating that these warnings have been completely ignored and swept away by a torrent of vilification. Rather than accept reality, society has shut down reasoned debate with these seemingly magical words: bigot and hatemonger.
Now blood flows on the streets.
There are so many things to be said about this violent atrocity but one thing stands out above all others.
The killer represents the sad future of our society – a society that has contempt for its Western Christian heritage and the concept of the rule of law based on immutable truths and natural morality.
In his ‘manifesto’, Brenton Tarrant described his communist and anarchic roots. He praised communist China and linked his murderous rampage to the need to take action on global warming and overpopulation. He called himself an eco-fascist and a Green nationalist.
He also described his white supremacist views.
This clearly demonstrates that being woke is no antidote to hatred or racism.
Further, Brenton Tarrant’s decision to play god with life and death is simply a logical extension of a modern culture that deifies individual men and grants them the right to decide right and wrong, good and evil for themselves.
We need to seriously contemplate the effects of the new post-Christian morality of the Western world.
It is a morality that is so inherently chaotic that the only response can be a state that is increasingly totalitarian. That has implications for all our freedoms.
And it is also a morality that is proven to brutally clash with Islam, a violent ideology of its own. We have two highly unstable compounds reacting together. An explosion is inevitable.
There are much darker times ahead.
We should not just be weeping for the Muslims slain yesterday. We should be weeping for our children too.