Uniting Church and anti-Semitism

September 5, 2014 by J-Wire Staff
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Rev. Dr Brian Brown, Moderator of the Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of NSW and the ACT has commented in response to recent incidents of racism towards the Sydney Jewish community.

Dr Brian Brown

Dr Brian Brown

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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3 Responses to “Uniting Church and anti-Semitism”
  1. Dawn McGregor says:

    I agreed with this article until he compared “anti-semitism” with “anti-islam” favorably. He obviously has not read the Koran, the textbook of Islam

  2. Yosi Tal says:

    This statement is sheer hypocrisy!!

  3. Roy Sims says:

    Dr. Brown’s statement seems to have said it all without saying anything of value.
    Israel, and those who belong to the Jewish community, are berated just because they are representative of the “people of the Book”.
    On the other hand, Islam is clearly a cancer on society wherever it exists, and is deserving of condemnation by all concionable people. Dr. Brown has not found it possible to hide his anti Israel prejudice to make such a clear condemnation.
    There are millions of peace loving Muslims in the world .. but Islam and it’s cancerous ambition, prevents them from voicing meaningful dissent because of the ramifications to them from others of the faith.
    The world is waking up to the realities about the true nature of Islam .. but for many nations it is already too late.
    Dr. Brown, open your eyes, and read your Bible !!

    Abraham, Isaac and Jacob

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