Christian and Muslim leaders in Brisbane have made a show of solidarity today after a series of attacks on Muslims in recent weeks.
Both groups called for an end to discrimination and rejected fighting violence with violence.
Paige Cockburn reports.
It was a peaceful merging of Christian, Muslim and other faiths in Brisbane’s south.
The central message was that all people should be able to practise their religion without fear.
David Busch, Uniting Church Pastor: “Whatever actions may occur to intimidate or threaten Muslims in Australia, they have no sanction, no support, no justification from the Christian community.”
Pastor Busch said that religious differences should not get in the way of community coherence.
Muslim leaders stressed the need to realise the difference between the extremist Islamic State and moderate Australian Muslims.
Dr Mohamad Abdalla, Muslim Leader: “There is always an element of radical tendency within any community but we must not let that element tarnish the rest of the community.”
Dr Abdalla said following recent threats, stalking and violence, some women in the community were too fearful to leave their homes.
To prevent a repeat arson-attack on this mosque after 9/11, Muslims called for community harmony.
Emphasis was placed on the need for responsible journalism as well as a ‘fair go’ attitude from Australians.
On a positive note, more non-Muslims are attending services at Brisbane Mosques following calls by Premier Campbell Newman.
Paige Cockburn, QUT News.