Fairfax journalist wanted to kill Christians in reprisal for Christchurch

Try to imagine the media storm that would erupt if someone was arrested for planning to lure and kill Muslims in “revenge” for the Easter carnage in Sri Lanka. Yet, when the same threat is made against Christians, in “reprisal” for the Christchurch massacre, the response has been…crickets. Barely a handful of local items covered the story at all. Quote:

A former Canberra-based reporter wanted to “lure” Christians to his house and fight them as part of a reprisal for the Christchurch massacre, a court has heard.

James Michael Waugh, 28, was arrested earlier this month and charged with threatening to act with intent to cause public harm, using a carriage service to menace others and possessing a weapon to be used to kill. End of quote.

It’s interesting that these reports seem to be trying to obscure the would-be terrorist’s journalistic credentials. Waugh’s LinkedIn profile lists him as a Fairfax Media journalist from “July 2018 – present”. Presumably he hasn’t had time to update his profile since being banged up, but one must wonder when he became a “former” journalist: was it only after he was arrested? Quote:

[Prosecutor] Ms Khazma said Mr Waugh had spoken to a doctor, while in custody, and told them of his intention of “luring in potential victims to his house” as reprisal for the massacres in Christchurch.

“He made it clear he would either engage in battle … making him a martyr or to make them look bad,” she said.

“He also indicated his use of a scimitar [Middle-Eastern curved sword] depending on how many Christians turned up and whether they were armed.”

…She said Mr Waugh had no mental health illness to explain his behaviour, and that he had told a doctor that he did not recognise the Australian Government and that Australian laws did not apply to him. End of quote.


There are some interesting things to consider here. Firstly, the use of a scimitar. Why specifically use a weapon particularly associated with Islam? Waugh purchased the scimitar from Pakistan: no indication is given whether that was by mail-order, or whether he travelled to Pakistan.

“Polytheists” seems an odd word choice to describe Christians.

Waugh’s language is also peculiar: he refers to “polytheists” and the “day of judgement”. “Polytheists” is an Islamic condemnation of those who practise “shirk”: that is, worshipping anything other than the singular god, Allah. Christians, who worship a trinitarian God, are guilty of shirk.

The Canberra House of Prayer, the target of Waugh’s threat, is a Christian mission.

Then there is his determination to be a “martyr”. Islamic theology also encompasses a belief in a “day of judgement”.

A violent threat made against Christians, in retaliation for an attack on a mosque, using peculiarly Islamic symbology and language.

No wonder the media are running quiet on this one.