Say g’day to ease Muslim-Christian tensions

Leaders of some Christian denominations at Camden on Sydney’s south-west fringe have joined forces to oppose a bid by the Quranic Society to build an Islamic school. It came as a shock to many Christians committed to interfaith dialogue to read that Anglican, Presbyterian, Baptist, and Evangelical Sisterhood of Mary officials expressed their views in a letter sent last week… It seems that the Baptist Union, and the Camden Christian leaders, could make a better contribution to harmony in the Camden community by taking positive steps to find out what the Quranic school actually plans to do.
They could encourage opponents of the school to meet with the Quranic Society, and perhaps get to know them socially. It is ironic that the residents’ attempts to ‘preserve the Australian way of life’ involve turning their backs on the iconic principle of saying g’day to newcomers…

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