The news that so many people have been murdered in a terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, is heartbreaking.
This terrorism highlights the impact of the increasingly violent nature of anti-Muslim rhetoric and action.
These grotesque murders were carried out by a far-right activist calling himself Brenton Tarrant.
Like many other far right terrorists he sought to liken himself to ordinary people, describing himself as “just a ordinary White man.
"Born in Australia to a working class, low income family.”
But Tarrant is no ordinary white man. He’s a self-confessed “eco-fascist”.
He praises Oswald Mosley and the Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Breivik.
His manifesto is sick in itself.
But there’s something about it that should especially alarm us here in Britain: he talks about the same conspiracy theories that others on the far right here cite.
He makes the same anti-Muslim rants that we hear from more ‘mainstream’ far right figures, even some who are quoted in mainstream media reports.
He attacks politicians who have allowed immigration to take place.
He uses the rhetoric of “traitors” – the sort of language we’ve become familiar with during the Brexit debate.
Time and again, his manifesto echoes the words of others on the far right, including in Britain.
In the days to come, we might face the question, “could this happen here?” Tarrant believed it has already: he cites the Finsbury Park terrorist, Darren Osborne, who killed one person and injured others when he drove a van into worshippers outside a Mosque in 2017 as an inspiration for his attacks.
In this social media age, the far right is one small community, united in purpose and action but merely fighting on different battlefields.
While Tarrant appears to have operated alone, he’s no “lone wolf”.
His terrorism is part of a depressingly familiar pattern for the international far right, where opposition to Islam has increasingly replaced race as its key target for their hatred and actions.
The increasingly confrontational tone of far-right rhetoric is matched by their almost universal belief that a civil war between Islam and the West is coming.
For some, there is just the resigned acceptance of an inevitable “clash” with Islam, but for others it is to be actively encouraged as it would only be through a civil war Islam will be defeated and Muslims ultimately expelled from Europe.
An increasing number of far-right websites actively encourage readers to take pro-active action to actually instigate attacks and spark the civil war which they believe is necessary.
And yet rarely is action taken by authorities against these websites and commentators.
For too long the authorities have been ignored the growing anti-Muslim rhetoric which, as HOPE not hate polling has shown, is becoming increasingly mainstream.
Sadly, as these latest shootings prove, words have consequences.
Over the coming hours and days politicians and the media will be united in condemnation.
But some of these same people and media outlets should also pause for thought and think about how they have enabled anti-Muslim hatred through their own words or even silence.
Words cannot describe the barbarity of the Christchurch attack, but perhaps one way to honour those who have been killed and injured is for a period of reflection and even debate about the levels of anti-Muslim hatred and Islamophobia in our societies today. It was, after all, this that influenced and drove Brenton Tarrant to commit this heinous crime.