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Australian anti-Muslim protesters interrupt church service

Australian anti-Muslim protesters interrupt church service

Protesters dressed as Muslims interrupted a church service in New South Wales, Australia on Sunday, chanting anti-Islamic slogans and playing verses from the Quran on a bullhorn. The rector of Gosford Anglican Church, the Reverend Rod Bower, posted later on the church’s Facebook page “A right wing hate group violated our sacred space and traumatised and terrorised our congregation this morning. They unwittingly provided a perfect sermon illustration for today’s Gospel Luke 12:49-56. “Jesus said I did not come to bring peace”. This is one of the difficult sayings of Jesus that needs deeper understanding. Sadly these hate filled people would have certainly claimed to be Christian on last Tuesdays census, but they know not Christ or his peace…this is “radicalised Christianity” and right wing terrorism and should be named as such. ”


Police are investigating the incident.


The church has been outspoken on its beliefs, supporting same-sex marriage, extending welcome to people of other faiths, and most notably expressing outrage on the treatment of asylum seekers. A recent message on the church’s sign read: “Hell exists, and it’s on Nauru” referring to the  abuse of asylum seekers in detention camps on the island of Nauru.


The protesters, a part of the right-wing Party for Freedom group, left the church without incident but later posted pictures of the stunt on their Facebook page. They have been particularly aggressive on social media against Reverend Bower, decrying his support of Muslims and multiculturalism and calling him “FOUL HERETIC, BLASPHEMER AND SODOMITE SUPPORTER. OPPOSE THIS ANTICHRIST SUPPORTER IN AUSTRALIA!” and further insisting “No doubt there are many good Australians of different backgrounds out there however why are they so quiet in defending Australia from dirty multicultural attacks?”.


Story information from ABC Australia and Anglican Communion News Service

Photo: Party for Freedom


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Anne Bay

Am I the only one that can take one look at these Halloween type costumes and know that these people are not the “real deal” of any serious religious-political stand!!! Their outfits are ridiculously comical if you examine the picture!! As a long time church member, what happened to ushers and vestry members stepping in and talking with obvious potential troublemakers? Just look at their poses in this picture!! It doesn’t appear they take any of this seriously-it seems to be a joke to them!! More investigation needs to be done. It isn’t right to the congregation to allow this type of activity to occur. If they had something to say, they could wait until after the service is over and speak to the Rector then. This type of occurrence should not happen in my opinion.

JC Fisher

Just speechless.


I think this is a case of “they who smellt it, dealt it.”

Jim Watkins

We read about your Christ like faith and your activism for justice and peace and we pray for you, the Body of Christ in Gosford, at St. Paul in the Desert Episcopal Church, Palm Springs California

Gregory Orloff

I wonder if members of the Party for Freedom would be all right with costumed gate-crashers disrupting their church services, prayer circles, Bible studies or party meetings.

If they would not, then why would they do so to others, if they claim to be Christians?

After all, Christ Jesus told his followers to “treat others the same way you want to be treated.” (Luke 6:31)

Alas and alack! Not practicing Luke 6:31 could be construed as heretical, blasphemous and anti-Christ!

No wonder Jesus cried out: “Why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say?” (Luke 6:46)

The world needs a lot less “Christian” and a whole lot more Christlike.

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