Calls to ban Christian prayer groups and chaplains from government schools in the wake the Islamist-inspired terrorist killing of Parramatta police finance worker Curtis Cheng are a knee-jerk reaction and risk throwing the baby out with the bath water.
Liberal Member for Longman Wyatt Roy’s call for a doubling of Australia’s humanitarian intake should be heeded, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.
Mr Roy’s call comes a week after the Coalition’s junior partner, The Nationals, voted unanimously in favour of an urgency motion seeking an increase at its Federal Council meeting in Canberra.
ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton said 19,500 people had signed ACL’s on-line petition calling for an increase in the wake of the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
“The Government deserves credit for stopping people smuggling, halting the deaths at sea and removing children from detention,” Mr Shelton said.
“But the problem of 51 million displaced people in the world is massive and has been further exacerbated by the persecution of hundreds of thousands of Christians and other religious minorities in Syria and Iraq.
“While Australia’s refugee intake of 13,700 is generous on a per capita basis, much more needs to be done to help suffering people.
“Extraordinary brutality requires extraordinary generosity and Australia, as a relatively wealthy nation, is well-placed to do more.”
Mr Shelton said Mr Roy was right to point out the escalating persecution of Christians in north Africa and the Middle East.
While resettlement of refugees was necessary, the international community should also be ultimately seeking to establish safe havens for Christians and other persecuted religious minorities so that they could return to their homes in Syria and Iraq.
“The Islamists’ goal of purging Christians, Yazidis and other Muslim minorities should not be allowed to stand,” Mr Shelton said.
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Sudan's appeals court this week began considering the case of Meriam Ibrahim who is sentenced to death for the alleged crime of apostasy, The Independent newspaper has reported.
The appeal petition argues that there were "procedural errors" during Meriam's trial which would thereby warrant her release.
If the appeals court upholds the original conviction, Meriam will receive 100 lashes for adultery after the court refused to recognise her marriage to a Christian man and be subject to death by hanging for apostasy.
Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop last week announced Australia's condemnation of the sentencing and said she'd instructed Australia'a Ambassador to Sudan to raise the case with the Sudanese government.
Over one million people worldwide have called for Meriam's release. Christian and human rights organisations around the world have collected hundreds and thousands of signatures in pursuit of this.
Last month, the 27-year-old gave birth to a baby girl in a prison clinic. She is currently imprisoned with both her daughter and 20-month-old son.
Sudan outlaws apostasy in 1991 yet Amnesty International reports that to-date, no one have been executed for the 'crime'…all have recanted their faith.
Meriam is the first person to refuse to recant.
Please keep Meriam, her husband Daniel and their family in your prayers.
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