Articles on Christchurch Mosque shootings

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Establishing relationships with people who are different from ourselves is one of the best approaches to reducing prejudice. (AAP/Jono Searle

Everyday racism fuels prejudice and hate. But we can challenge it

New Zealand's response to the Christchurch terror attacks reinforced an image of an inclusive society, but we still have work to do.
During his first court appearance on the day after the attacks, the accused was named and media were given a video with his face blurred. AAP/Martin Hunter

Explainer: trial of alleged perpetrator of Christchurch mosque shootings

The alleged perpetrator of the Christchurch terror attacks faces 50 charges of murder and 39 of attempted murder. His court appearance raises several issues, including whether media should name him.
An analysis of population statistics shows that most New Zealanders, from any groups, don’t report experiencing intolerance or discrimination. AAP

What the data say about discrimination and tolerance in New Zealand

Many New Zealanders responded to the Christchurch terror attack with displays of unity and openness, and research into attitudes shows that tolerance is a widely held value.
The Crusaders rugby club has announced an end to its pre-match entertainment of sword-wielding horsemen, as seen here ahead of last year’s Super Rugby final in Christchurch. AAP/SNPA/Ross Setford

Playing in overtime: why the Crusaders rugby team is right to rethink brand after Christchurch attack

The Crusaders rugby club has been embroiled in debate about its branding as the imagery, once widely used in New Zealand, has become embarrassing, even repugnant, following the Christchurch attack.
Mountain bikers are reclaiming some of the tracks that were destroyed during the Christchurch earthquakes. from www.shutterstock.com

The importance of sports in recovery from trauma: lessons from and for Christchurch

In the weeks and months following mass trauma, such as the shootings in Christchurch, participating in physical activity can help individuals and communities deal with stress, anxiety and grief.
Mosques like the one in Lakemba, Sydney, were among the few places of belonging where Muslims could feel safe from Islamophobia. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Christchurch attacks strike at the heart of Muslims’ safe places from Islamophobia

Muslims need places where they feel safe from Islamophobia. And being made to feel unwelcome has lasting impacts – Muslims still avoid Cronulla beach, the scene of anti-Muslim riots in 2005.
A makeshift memorial at the Botanical Gardens in Christchurch after a gunman killed 50 worshippers at the Al Noor Masjid and Linwood Masjid. Mick Tsikas/AAP

We need to stop conflating Islam with terrorism

The arguments of far right commentators who conflate Islam with extremism are flawed. In the rich and complex tradition of Islam, extremists are a small minority who often target other Muslims.
New Zealand Muslims have come from several parts of the world, including Pacific Islands, Asian countries, the Middle East and Africa. AAP/Martin Hunter

From Mahometan to Kiwi Muslim: history of NZ’s Muslim population

Some of the earliest Muslims to settle in Christchurch during the 19th century have helped in the construction of Christchurch Cathedral and are part of the city's history of Christianity.
Victims are responding to the Christchurch mosque shooting with bravery and compassion, not anger and hate. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Finding dignity and grace in the aftermath of the Christchurch attack

At a time when we could expect anger, vengeance and resentment to take hold in a community so demolished by violence, Professor Mohamad Abdalla visited victims and found compassion and forgiveness.

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