At this hour, it is unclear how many people died during the Sydney terror attack.
But cries of Islamophobia are alive and well. Take this item:
ANTI-ISLAMIC sentiment has flooded social media in the wake of the Sydney siege, but there is a campaign gathering steam that will restore your faith in humanity.
A Twitter movement, #illridewithyou, has sprouted with everyday Australians offering to ride on buses and trains with Muslims, or give them a lift to work tomorrow, in order to keep them safe.
While the report goes on to show tweets in support of the #illridewithyou campaign, the report does not show any of the so-called “anti-Islamic sentiment” that “has flooded social media” as a result of the Sydney terror attack, much less reported any violence against Australian Muslims.
Of course, no one ought to violently accost Muslims going about their business or vandalizing mosques. But it seems to me that Australians should be directing their compassion to the families of those who died at the hands of Man Haron Monis and those who survived this ordeal. They may be alive, but they will be reliving this horror in one way or another for the rest of their lives.
People can shout Islamophobia to their heart’s content. It does not change the fact that terrorism carried out in the name of Islam is a global phenomenon and no part of the world is immune from it be in Jerusalem, New York, Boston, London, Toulouse, Brussels, Mumbai, Potiskum, Nigeria and now Sydney.
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