A Queensland Christian leader is encouraging the public to say G’day to Muslims and to accept their faith as a sign of solidarity.
Pastor Dave Andrews was one of 20 religious ministers who recently met with Muslim leaders at the Holland Park mosque in Brisbane’s south.
The former Christian missionary, now Anglican pastor, joined representatives from the Salvation Army, Uniting Church, Catholic Church and Anglican Church.
Pastor Andrews told 612 ABC Brisbane’s Steve Austin that the public should not believe the hype that portrays Muslims as extremists.
“We need to go up to Muslim people and say G’day and ask them how they are going,” he said.
“If we want to be accepted we need to accept them, if we want to be respected then we need to respect them.
“The general population is freaked out, and when people become fearful they become defensive and the best form of defence is attack. What we are seeing is fearful people taking it out on innocent Muslims”…