Professor Desmond Cahill, Chair, Religions for Peace Australia, delivered the Annual Report for Religions for Peace Australia in Canberra on 4 June 2017. The report is given below.
Every year, Muslims observe a month-long fast during the 9th month of the Islamic calendar. The first day of Ramadan 1438 (2017) will be Saturday 27th 2017. Religions for Peace Australia wishes Muslims a blessed and holy Ramadan.
The Australian Council for Christians and Jews would like to invite your expression of interest to their Multi-Faith Israel Encounter proposed for travel to Israel from Tuesday 24 October to Friday 3 November, 2017.
Australia’s grand mufti has won a defamation case over News Corp articles depicting him as an “unwise” monkey and asserting he had failed to condemn the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. News Corp consented to the judgement as part of a confidential settlement.
More than 7000 Jews have fought in Australia’s military conflicts, contrary to a popular view that Jews rarely serve in the military.
Walk for Justice for Refugees will take place in all states and major regional cities on Sunday, 9 April. It is organised by the Refugee Advocacy Network and at most events, there will be an interfaith presence and speakers. It is considered a work of Mercy, Justice and Compassion to support refugees, whose spirits are being broken by the current actions of Australia and its parliament.
The Executive Council of Australian Jewry in collaboration with the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, the United Indian Association, Australian Hellenic Council, Chinese Australian Services Society, the Arab Council of Australia and the Armenian National Committee of Australia, have issued a joint media statment expressing disappointment at the announcement by the Federal government of its intention to amend section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.
During his speech at the National Press Club on 15 March 2017, Greens Leader Richard Di Natale invited Nada, an inspiring young Muslim woman, to tell the country her story in her own words – hear it for yourself:
NADA: LET’S BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER
“I don’t think there has been a single month where someone has not made an obvious point that they don’t think that I’m welcome in this country”
“Being born and brought up in Australia and for someone to come and point fingers at you to tell you to go back to where you came from – so for me that’s Essendon district hospital”
“In my personal experience, my right to exist as a Muslim woman in this country is questioned daily. I am a regular victim of casual and impersonal racism – on public transport, in the supermarket, walking down the street – and it hurts no less each time.”
Faith-based groups across Australia are uniting to call on the Australian Government to participate and support the United Nations negotiations for a treaty banning nuclear weapons this year.
“Religious values and the value of religion” was the theme of a national interfaith forum attended by 100 Australians from diverse faith backgrounds at NSW Parliament House on Wednesday 22 February.