In a terrible shooting in New Zealand, a shooter killed 49 people in Christchurch by going into mosques with a gun and shooting at whoever was around. Seven died at Linwood Islamic Center, 41 at mosque near Hagley Park. The shooter identified himself as Brenton Tarrant, 28, of Australia while live streaming his shooting spree.New Zealand Shooter's Killing Spree in Context of the Global Ideological Rumblings - lets look at the shooting in the larger context of the ideological battle being waged globally #NewZealandShooting Click To Tweet
The New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called it one of the darkest days in New Zealand.
Beyond the mental state and the indoctrination of the shooter, we need to look at what is going in the world and specifically in New Zealand to fully understand why such an act would even crop up in that society, which per Pew Studies had the least social hostility when it comes to religion?
Clash of Civilizations across the West
Let us look at things the way they are. Islam and Christianity are two evangelical faiths. They have been and are very fanatic when it comes to the faithful and the faithful can believe in anything if it comes from the “right source” with the “right citation” and based on that they are willing to do anything.
And, over the centuries, both the groups have learnt the art of camouflaging and double-speak to hide the intentions, fanaticism and real motives. While on the surface, the spoken word seems harmless, but with the right context, it takes on a whole new meaning.
This was necessitated for each of the groups to “move in” for the “kill” while looking harmless.
And now, as the Islamic population increases in the West – due to immigration and refugees – the tensions between the two militaristic and evangelical faiths is all too apparent.
Why is the battle Primarily between Islam and Christianity?
The question that will obviously arise is why are we looking at only these two faiths in the civilizational battle and not others. That is because, these two, apart from being virulent and evangelistic, have also defined themselves in exclusive terms. There is a claim of exclusivity in both the ideologies. While one’s kalma states that “there is no god but Allah and Mohammad is his only prophet”, the other’s creed claims that “Jesus is the ONLY savior”. And this lends itself to a level of self delusion that has not even tolerated the rightful existence of those who were inclusive. Even those faiths and groups – like the Pagans, as seen in these two quotes from 532 AD – which accepted Christianity’s right to exist. So when these two exclusivity promoting evangelists group come face to face, in terms of civilizational clash, with their numbers challenging each other’s dominance, battles are bound to break out globally. Not militarily perhaps (and hopefully), but ideologically certainly.