Friday 15th March 2019
All faiths, Integration, Mutuality, Pluralism, Respect, United
Capital Cities Interfaith Network Statement on Christchurch shootings
We, the leaders of the Capital Cities Interfaith Network, deplore this morning’s terrorist attacks on two mosques in Christchurch in the strongest possible terms. Our Network works to promote understanding, communication, collaboration and education among the many faith communities living in the four capital cities of the British Isles and capital cities across the world; the actions of Brenton Tarrant and his accomplices represent the very antithesis of this.
They stand for nothing but ignorance and hate; their actions in systematically murdering innocent people at their prayers shows the very worst of humanity. It seems that, as Prime Minister Jacinda Aderne has said, the perpetrators chose New Zealand for their vile action because it is a compassionate, diverse and friendly country.
We applaud the government and people of New Zealand for their humanity, and we pray that the people of Christchurch will show restraint and continue to demonstrate the values of “mateship” and respect for difference that we all believe in. We welcome the actions of social media companies in taking down Tarrant’s hateful “manifesto”, we stand in solidarity with the families of the 40+ victims, and we send our prayers and love to the injured.
Today we are all New Zealanders