Having just arrived back from an interfaith conference and opened my waiting email in-box, I find this news report from the Sydney Morning Herald about Jamie Cavanough:
A candidate for Bob Katter’s fledgling political party declared his preference for buying ”guaranteed non-halal meat” so his money does not ”go to the Muslim community”.
Jamie Cavanough, who is standing for Katter’s Australian Party in Sydney’s most marginal federal seat, Greenway, is under fire for the apparently divisive comments he made to a community forum in one of the city’s most ethnically diverse areas.
Jamie, Jamie, Jamie. That’s no way to introduce yourself to a Greenway resident like me. Particularly since I’m one of the Christians you’re expecting to vote you in. Particularly since a good friend of my son is a Muslim. Particularly when his Dad, who is also a Muslim, is the well respected head of the P&C committee for the local public school which my son attends. Particularly since I’ve just came home from an Australia Day weekend where I met a wonderful Muslim woman who was kind hearted, curtious and every bit the exemplary Australian citizen. Particularly since our local church only recently staged Christmas carols where halal options were served as part of the free BBQ in celebration of the giving season. Jamie Cavanough, it looks like you and some of us voting Christians from Greenway need to have a talk.