Hawzah News Agency (Christchurch, New Zealand) – Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki has taken aim at New Zealand's Islamic community over the Christchurch mosque shootings that claimed the lives of 51 people.
Just days after the attack, Tamaki hit out at Jacinda Ardern and the Government for organizing the Islamic call to prayer being broadcast across the country.
Speaking to Al Jazeera's 101 East, the self-proclaimed Bishop blamed the alleged shooter's actions on a "clash of cultures" and said those who follow the Islamic faith needed to "respect the host country".
"After a term in being here, you run your life and your values and your religion like you did where you came from - that's disingenuous to the foundations of the countries that have been built over [the] years."
Tamaki also challenged the rhetoric New Zealand can live peacefully as a multicultural society.
"I think it's naive to think different cultures could happily and harmoniously live together. I think that's a bit naive and almost ignorant.
"The immigrations of new people that come in and grow, and they have firm beliefs and ideologies. Now we've seen the results of that."