Australian Islamic Peace Conference
The Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia has raised concerns about an Australian Islamic Peace conference being held in Melbourne this week.
The Melbourne-based JCMA, founded in 2003, is committed to the promotion of understanding, mutual respect and peaceful relations among members of its faiths’ communities. A statement released by the organisation said: “We are unswerving in our support for the democratic values that underpin such relations in Australia and in other democratic countries. These values include the defence of individual human rights, freedom of religion and freedom of worship.
A statement issued by JCMA states: “While we affirm the organisers on the inclusion of sessions on interfaith dialogue in the conference programme, it is our understanding that a number of international speakers invited to present are not supportive of religious freedom and have a history of publicly disrespecting other faith communities and encouraging others to adopt the same position. We are concerned that these speakers will introduce overseas hatreds into the local community.
These hatreds have no place in Australia.
Australia is proud of its multicultural society, wherein people from over 150 countries and many faiths live together in considerable harmony. As a civil society, we are served when we see diversity as a strength not a liability. In a spirit of dialogue we invite the organisers of the Australian Islamic Peace Conference to arrange a meeting between their international speakers and a representative group from JCMA. We hope they will be open to hearing all that is good, true and beautiful about our life together in Australia.”