Skip to comments.Next stop - bloodshed? [Anglicans in Australia]
Posted on 08/01/2005 12:53:06 PM PDT by sionnsar
In the past weeks the Rev Bernard Suwa has fielded calls from Sudanese Anglicans in western Sydney who have been verbally abused and physically assaulted in broad daylight.
In one incident at Blacktown station two young teenage girls were set upon by a group of older white Australian women.
The women were pulling them along by the hair, Mr Suwa says.
He is now pleading with Christians to stand united against racist attacks on the Sudanese community in western Sydney, before they escalate.
His call comes in the same week a Sudanese family has been forced to flee their home in Toowoomba in Queensland after being harrassed by locals, allegedly fuelled by a campaign by the racist White Pride Coalition.
Mr Suwa believes the attacks are linked to comments by Macquarie University Law Professor, Andrew Fraser, opposing Asian and African immigration to Australia. (see fact box)
Prof Fraser has singled out Sudanese in western Sydney, saying an expanding black population is a sure-fire recipe for increases in crime, violence and a wide range of other social problems.
The Anglican Bishop of Western Sydney, Ivan Lee the son of Chinese migrants - is backing Mr Suwas plea for the Christian community stand against racism, and agrees that Professor Frasers remarks are entirely unnacceptable.
Bishop Lee says Christians are compelled to take a stand against Professor Frasers racist views because it denies one of our core beliefs that the gospel is for all people.
He says all people are capable of wrong-doing.
The Bible tells us there is equality between all people, he says. We are all fallen human beings and God came to save all nations.
Bishop Lee says that far from merely tolerating difference, Christians should love others.
God does see the distinctives of people. Id encourage Christians to seek the love God has for every human being.
Bishop Lee is thankful the attacks in Sydney appear to be isolated incidents.
But nevertheless, they are very worrying.
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