ACCJ Urgent Statement on the Christchurch Massacre


15 March 2019

The Australian Council of Christians and Jews expresses its horror at the killing of Muslim worshipers at prayer in Christchurch, in New Zealand.

The Australian Council of Christians and Jews strongly condemns such violent and evil behaviour which has no place in civil society.

We express and deepest condolences to the family and friends of those who were killed and wounded and our deepest solidarity with Muslims throughout New Zealand in this terrible hour.

The International Council of Christians and Jews has recently condemned the widespread growth of intolerance, racism, xenophobia and Islamophobia.

Instead of seeking to marginalise and demonise those whose religions are cultures are not the mainstream we call for the appreciation of our common humanity.

We express our deepest solidarity with the people of New Zealand who have led the way in embracing the multicultural and mutifaith reality of their society and trust that this violence will bring the nation together in mourning and confirmation of their common humanity.

Events such as this call on people of all faiths and none to redouble our opposition to all forms of bigotry and prejudice, to insist that leaders promote the common good of everyone, and to recommit ourselves to practising dialogue on all levels.

We believe a firm stand should be taken against racism, wherever and whenever it occurs.

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