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(CNSNews.com) – As New Zealanders on Friday mark the one-week anniversary of the worst mass shooting in the country’s history, the state-owned radio and television network will broadcast live the Islamic call to prayer and people are being encouraged to wear a headscarf as a “show of solidarity” with the Muslim community.
Both elements of the day’s commemorations, which in addition include silence and vigils, are stoking controversy.
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With the country poised to remember the 50 Muslims shot dead and dozens hurt in the attack on two Christchurch mosques during Friday prayers, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Thursday that commemoration will include a live broadcast of the call to prayer.
“I know from many there is a desire to show support to the Muslim community as they return to mosques, particularly on Friday,” she told reporters.
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“There is also a desire amongst New Zealanders to mark the week that has passed since the terrorist attack. To acknowledge this, there will be a two-minute silence on Friday. We will also broadcast nationally, via TVNZ and Radio New Zealand, the call to prayer.”
Ardern – whose government this week pushed through a ban on “military-style semi-automatics” and assault rifles in response to the shooting – also said in a statement, “How we choose to reflect during the silence will be different for each of us. Everyone should do what feels right for them, wherever they are – at home, at work, at school.”
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Meanwhile a hastily-organized campaign around the hashtag #headscarfforharmony is urging New Zealanders to wear headscarves on Friday.
And not just women; Men are also being encouraged to don scarves, “draped over their shoulders or wrapped around their wrist,” the New Zealand Herald reported.
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On social media, many in New Zealand and around the world are questioning the appropriateness of promoting the Muslim head covering at a time...
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