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Destiny's Brian Tamaki 'strongly denounces' use of Islamic Call to Prayer for victims of the Christchurch terror attacks


Bishop Brian Tamaki says he "strongly denounces" the Islamic Call to Prayer ahead of the two minutes of silence being held for the victims of the Christchurch terror attacks today.

“Today for at least a moment New Zealand will become an Islamic nation,” Mr Tamaki, who heads Destiny Church, says.

“It would be disingenuous for me as a Christian leader in this nation for near forty years to stay silent about what I believe is highly offensive to all Christians in this nation.”

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He says it is important to reiterate that he and his church condemned the shootings.

“Man Up and Destiny Church members in Christchurch have been tireless on the ground, in offering love and support to the Muslim community and the victim’s families, with food, prayer and compassion, and organising the Haka of Hope and Ride of Hope as covered by TV1 and TV3.

"To say I, or Destiny Church, are disrespectful at this time, or do not care, would be incorrect,” he says.

Mr Tamaki praised Jacinda Ardern’s response to the tragedy.

“The nation has mourned, and our Prime Minister, Jacinda Adern, stepped up as a symbol of national unity and healing. She received praise from across the political spectrum, including from me, and rightly so.”

His concern is the "declaration over the nation",

“Out of the Islamic prayer 'Allah is the only true God.  There is none worthy of being worshipped except Allah'.”

Mr Tamaki says no Muslim country would ever allow for Christ to be proclaimed at the "one true god" in any shape or form in their country at all.

“This only highlights the identity crisis we face and a loss of conviction to our beliefs as a nation. We need to be far more secure in what we believe as a nation,” he says.