The Moderator’s response to recent incidents of racism towards Jewish people
Wednesday, 3 September, 2014
Rev. Dr Brian Brown, Moderator of the Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of NSW and the ACT has provided the following statement in response to recent incidents of racism towards Jewish people in Sydney.
The Uniting Church Synod of NSW and the ACT affirms the great value of the Australian multicultural community, and the right for every person and cultural group to abide safely and harmoniously in that community.
In the light of this conviction, and our commitment to the Common Good, we are particularly concerned about the recent rise in anti-Semitic incidents in Sydney, including an abusive pamphlet calling for action from “White Australia” against Jewish people.
We strongly condemn the distribution of such hateful anti-Semitic materials to the community. Whatever our views may be about conflicts in other parts of the world, as strong proponents of an inclusive, harmonious, peaceful, multicultural and cross-cultural Australia, we find no place nor right to harm nor express hatred towards any individual, religious or cultural group. We especially want to stand with our Jewish friends at this time against bigotry and unjustified hatred directed at them.
In a similar vein, we empathise with and affirm the Australian Islamic community as they suffer from the negative language and tone of recent public statements and media coverage in the light of conflict in Northern Iraq and Syria.
As Australians, we have a wonderful opportunity and solemn responsibility to demonstrate, by the accepting and hospitable way we relate to one another, what true harmonious community is all about.
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