Mad or bad: the inadequacy of the lone wolf theory

Radical Muslim cleric goes unchecked

Religiously motivated terrorism and psychological imbalance are not mutually exclusive. Viewing the tragedy in the Lindt Café as a 'one-off' by a 'maddy' is dangerous wishful thinking, writes Rachael Kohn.

Rachel Kohn, host of the ABC Radio National program The Spirit of Things is a regular participant at meetings of Religions for Peace NSW Branch. Rachael Kohn also recently chaired a panel at the recent Interfaith G20. Here, we bring you Rachel Kohn's reflections from The Drum.

The hostage taking in the Lindt Café in Martin Place, Sydney, which resulted in three dead - two innocent victims and the perpetrator - has prompted observations that the lone gunman should be viewed as mad rather than bad.




The members of the Victorian Multifaith Advisory Group (MAG) and the Faith Communities Council of Victoria (FCCV) offer their deepest condolences and sympathies to the victims of the Sydney hostage crisis and their families. They also extend their sincere gratitude to the police and emergency services personnel who put their lives at risk in the service of others.


Together for Humanity

religious leaders at lakembah mosque

Religious leaders are joined together in prayer as a hostage incident in Sydney was unfolding and urged their followers to do the same. Members of Religions for Peace NSW Branch attended a multifaith prayer service at Lakemba Mosque.


End the Danger and Moral Tyranny of Nuclear Weapons


"The prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons is a deeply spiritual and moral imperative," stated Dr. William F. Vendley, Secretary General, Religions for Peace-International (RfP), at the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons convened by the Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Federal Ministry of the Republic of Austria.


Beyond Conflict Cessation to Reconciliation and Healing in Transformed Communities

World Peace Forum

Prof. Desmond Cahill gave an address for the Fifth World Peace Forum on the Theme of Quest for Peace: Lessons of Conflict Resolution held in Jakarta on 20th-23rd November, 2014, sponsored by the Central Board of Muhammadiyah in collaboration with the Cheng Ho Culture Trust of Malaysia with support from the Centre for Dialogue and Cooperation among Civilizations.


5th World Peace Forum Discussion Forums

World Peace Forum

The Indonesian Central Board of Muhammadiyah in cooperation with the Kuala Lumpur-based Cheng Ho Multi-Culture Education Trust, and Centre for Dialogue and Cooperation among Civilisations (CDCC) will organize the 5th World Peace Forum to be held on November 20 - 23, 2014, in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Religions for Peace

Religions for Peace

Multifaith Education Australia

SRI Victoria

The Recent Victorian Education Department Ministerial Direction №141 requires the posting of instruction program materials for Special Religious Instruction in Victoria to the public domain so that parents may overview the instruction program. Program materials will be posted to Multifaith Education Australia, the new website for Special Religious Instruction (and multifaith education) in Australia. This website is administered by Religions for Peace Australia under its contractural requirements with the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. SRI Instruction Program Content is found on this website here

The Golden Rule

Golden Rule, Australian Version

An Australian Version of the Golden Rule Poster is available

Multifaith Australia - Reimaging our Common Future

Reimagining Our Common Future

Religions for Peace Australia, with RMIT Chaplaincy, present Multifaith Australia – Reimagining Our Common Future public lecture by Religions for Peace for World Interfaith Harmony Week. Watch a video of this lecture by Prof. Joe Camillerie and the response by Maria Vamvakinou, MP.

Offer a Meal Movement

Offer a Meal

Religions for Peace Australia invites you to join the worldwide Offer a Meal Movement – a movement which skips a meal a couple of times a month in solidarity with–and prayer for –those suffering from hunger, extreme poverty or violent conflict.

G20 Interfaith Summit: Religious Freedom and Economic Development

G20 Interfaith Summit

Griffith University Centre for Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue held the first G20 Interfaith Summit on the Gold Coast during the weekend of November 16 - 18. This Interfaith Summit explored Religious Freedom and Economic Development.

An archive of all presentations at the G20 Interfaith Summit can be found here.



Affliated with Religions for Peace Australia, InterAction is Interfaith Youth building a generation-wide movement of young people. Inspired by individual spiritual traditions, InterAction works together to build a better world. Visit Interaction

Anti Racism

Racism, it stops with Me

Religions for Peace has partnered with the Australian Human Rights Commission Anti Racism Strategy

9th World Assembly

Religions for Peace

The 9th World Assembly of Religions for Peace was held in Vienna during November, 2013. Theme Papers and Resources are available.