Author: Dave Andrews

Here I Stand, As A Non-Muslim, With Muslims.

I know what can happen in a country when a majority turns against a minority. I was living in India in 1984 when two Sikh bodyguards assassinated the Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, and the majority Hindu community turned against the minority Sikh community in Delhi, whom they judged guilty by association. And within 48 hours up to 5,000 innocent Sikhs were slaughtered. For more than twelve years my wife Ange and I and our two children lived in the cosmopolitan city of Delhi. The imperial splendour of Rajpath is superb. The quiet beauty of Lodhi Gardens is...

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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 most hair-raising extremists they can find, without any regard for the way they mis-represent the views of the vast majority of our Muslim neighbours. In so doing, they do the work of the terrorists they quote, frightening us out...

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Lets Stop Scapegoating Each Other

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’, that was first enacted on the Day of Atonement when a high priest laid the sins of the people on the head of goat – literally a ‘scape-goat’ – before it escaped, and fled for its life into the wilderness. And the practice is still with...

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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 of them, if not all, are more than happy to reciprocate. But what do we do with those who have the darkness of ‘terror’ in their heart? Like the alleged ‘Aussie terrorist’ we heard about yesterday who was devising...

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Prayer Vigil sees Eleven Christian Leaders Detained

A protest at the office of Health Minister Peter Dutton MP has seen eleven Christian activists – including Westenders Terry Fitzpatrick and Dave Andrews – detained before being released without charge. The abusive treatment in detention of children seeking asylum in Australia has touched a nerve. Normally quiet well-dressed law-abiding middle-of-the-road religious people all over Australia are rising up and risking arrest to protest Australian Government Policy that The Australian Churches Refugee Task Force recently unhesitatingly labelled as “State-Sanctioned Child Abuse”. There is much concern over the adverse impact prolonged detention has on the health of children. The facts...

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