Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Sydney update: Australian Churches Targeted by Fire and Bullets

Things keep getting crazier down under:
FOUR churches in Sydney's southwest have been attacked in 24 hours as the city's riots spread from race to religion.

A community hall linked to a Uniting church was burned to the ground early yesterday, carol-singers were spat on and church buildings peppered with gunfire.

In response, members of the Arab Christian and Arab Muslim communities have called for a curfew for all Lebanese youths over the weekend.

Police believe the attack on the hall, in the suburb of Auburn, was intended to destroy the Uniting church next door, while nearby StThomas's Anglican Church, which has a primarily Chinese congregation, had all its front windows smashed. Three of the attacks were on churches within minutes of each other. The night before, Molotov cocktails were used in an attack on an Anglican church in Macquarie Fields in the city's far southwest.
I'm beginning to doubt that these are simply random acts of violence by a few "fringe youths." I find it difficult to believe that the immigrant parents are completely unable to control their children. On the other hand, I can only guess at what purpose these attacks might serve...


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