While the mainstream media has been awash with lurid allegations of real or imagined terrorist plots, and crude bigotry and racial stereotyping have ruled the airwaves, West End resident and internationally renowned Christian activist Dave Andrews has raised a strong, dissenting voice calling for tolerance and understanding. Below are the three articles that Dave submitted to the Westender, published in full. Please take the time to read, and all the other news we thought fit to publish in the past week. Have a good read.

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Lets Stop Scapegoating Each Other

Stop The Scapegoating!

Dave Andrews fears that the scapegoating of our Muslim neighbours has begun, again, in earnest. Scapegoating is the singling out of a person - a ‘fall guy’, a ‘whipping boy’ or ‘vulnerable girls’, like Salam and her friends - for unmerited punishment. Scapegoating is an ancient tradition of projecting blame onto an ‘Other’, Read more.

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How can we deal with terror In Australia?

Dave Andrews’ plea for religious tolerance in the Westender generated a lot of feedback and controversy – including this comment: “Okay Dave, So Much For Being Nice And Neighbourly, But How Can We Deal With Real Terrorists In Australia?” Here’s Dave’s response: If we treat our neighbours the way that we would like to be treated, in my experience, many  Read more.

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Listen To The Voices Of Moderate Islam

Listen To The Voices Of Moderate Islam

We need to listen to the voices of sanity that represent the majority of Muslims, says Dave Andrews If you have seen the Courier Mail in the news stands the last few weeks, you would have noticed how much the press love putting scary stories on the front page of the paper. They quote the most blood-curdling statements from the … Read more.

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new farm park

Brisbane parks law now has a fact sheet

Councillor Helen Abrahams this morning distributed a summary of and pointer to Brisbane City Council's fact sheet on the proposed law to give Council officers powers to move people on from Brisbane parks. Council has now released a Park Fact Sheet that provides greater detail and explanation about park activities that require a permit and when you need to pay …Read more.

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Celebrate Good Times at Sanity Fair

Celebrate Good Times at Sanity Fair

The Southside Mental Health Collaborative is a partnership between community and government organisations who work together to improve the mental health and well-being of Brisbane Southside’s local community. Each year the collaborative commits to hosting a free community event open to the general public to support Mental Health Week, a nationally recognised initiative. This event is an example of the …Read more.

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Get Ready For More Solar Storms

Well, what’s happening on the Sun? That’s the question astronomers are puzzling over. As we were all enjoying another glorious spring weekend across Australia, a powerful X-class flare, one of the biggest you can get, ripped through the Sun's lower atmosphere and sent a blast wave directly toward Earth. It hit us early Saturday morning travelling at over 1400 kilometres … Read more.

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Bicycle-truck tragedy leads to call for Cycle Safety Summit

Bicycle-truck tragedy leads to call for Cycle Safety Summit

The recent death of a Danish student, Ms. Rebekka Tine Lousdal Meyer, 22, has heightened existing concerns regarding the safety of cyclists on the roads of Brisbane. According to the police, Ms. Rebekka Tine Lousdal Meyer was pronounced as deceased on the scene following a collision at the corner of Stanley Street and Annerley Road in South Brisbane at about … Read more.

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Brisbane on Parade for G20 

While many in the local community have raised concerns about the disruption to traffic and overwhelming security presence at the G20 Summit, the G20 organisers themselves are highlighting the many benefits of the event, and inviting the people of Brisbane to get involved in the Summit and take advantage of the many opportunities it offers. Here’s a Media Release the … Read more.

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