Where’s the Left’s outrage over Sri Lanka?
IT'S hard not to see hypocrisy when comparing the reaction of some of our most prominent left-wing empathy hustlers to the terrorist attacks in New Zealand last month and in Sri Lanka on Sunday.
The slaughter of 49 Muslims in a Christchurch mosque was rightly greeted with horror, especially as the perpetrator, a self-described white supremacist ecofascist was Australian.
But, equally, the Easter Sunday attack on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, in which two Australians were among almost 300 killed, was an outrage, one of a mounting number of Islamist attacks against Christians around the world.
An estimated 11 Christians each day are slaughtered for their faith. Yet those who fell over themselves to "stand with Muslims" after Christchurch, find it difficult even to mention the word "Christian" after Sri Lanka.
Take Waleed Aly, the Channel 10 host who became a celebrity after his impassioned editorial about Christchurch, in which he disgracefully accused the Prime Minister and Peter Dutton of being complicit by allegedly fuelling anti-Muslim sentiment "as a political strategy".
"I know that the people who did this know how profoundly defenceless their victims were in that moment," Aly said at the time. "This is a congregational prayer that happens every week, like clockwork."
Fine sentiments, but they were completely absent in Aly's discussion on The Project on Monday, the day after the Sri Lanka attacks on "profoundly defenceless" Christians.
The show started with light stories about a five-year-old American boy who called 911 to order McDonalds and Bill and Chloe Shorten choosing music on a gondola.
Five minutes in, Aly got around to Sri Lanka, interviewing a reporter in Colombo who said the attacks may have been "linked to an Islamist extremist group".
Moving right along.
Aly couldn't bring himself to mention Christians but at least he didn't use the euphemism "Easter Worshippers" as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama blithely described the victims of the Sri Lanka church bombings on Twitter.
"The attacks on tourists and Easter Worshippers in Sri Lanka are an attack on humanity," said Obama.
By stark contrast, after Christchurch, Obama tweeted his grief for "the Muslim community. All of us must stand against hatred in all its forms."
Clinton tweeted after Sri Lanka: "On this holy weekend for many faiths we must stand united against hatred and violence. I'm praying for everyone affected by today's horrific attacks on Easter Worshippers and travellers in Sri Lanka."
But after Christchurch her tweets were rather more specific: "My heart breaks for NZ & the global Muslim community. We must continue to fight the perpetuation and normalisation of Islamophobia and racism."
Why is it so hard to stand with Christians?