There are times when politicians say, “I speak for all (fill in the blank) . . . Albertans, Canadians etc.”

They rarely do.

On Friday, however, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s words delivered to the congregation at the Akram Jomaa Islamic Centre in northeast Calgary really did. At least, that’s the hope. Sadly, there is some evidence online that a fringe group of Canadian haters were justifying the terrorist attack at two New Zealand mosques during mid-day prayers there.

“I join you today,” Notley told the estimated 5,000 congregants who gathered for Friday prayers at the mosque on Barlow Trail, “in mourning over the violent terrorist attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

“We are devastated to learn that 49 people were killed and many, many more injured, while they gathered to pray together. On behalf of all Albertans, I offer my condolences to everyone affected by this act of terror . . . and to all of you gathered here today, I want you to know, Albertans stand with you — I stand with you — and our hearts embrace you.”

During Friday prayers in New Zealand, a 28-year-old Australian Muslim-hating white supremacist is suspected of gunning down almost 100 people — 49 of whom have died with another 48 injured — some seriously, with the possibility that more could perish from their wounds.

New Zealand police who arrested the alleged killer are combing through the 28-year-old suspect’s 74-page manifesto of hate on social media, where he identified himself as Brenton Tarrant from Australia and said he was avenging terrorist attacks in Europe perpetrated by Muslims.

For members of the mosque in Calgary, the murders of their Muslim brothers and sisters half a world away hits close to home.

Junaid Mahoon, president of the Islamic Centre of south Calgary and a spokesperson …read more

Source:: Calgary Herald


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