Friday, 19 October 2018

Cowardly attack

Uniting Church in Australia President Dr Deidre Palmer has condemned an act of vandalism at a Hindu temple in Sydney.

Worshippers at the temple in Regents Park in western Sydney arrived at the temple on Sunday 14 October to find statues and icons smashed, scriptures scattered and their altar on fire.

The suspected vandals fled the scene.

“I condemn this despicable and cowardly attack on a place of worship,” said Dr Palmer.

“The freedom to worship in peace is a fundamental human right for all people, and it saddens me that our Hindu friends’ faithful prayerful observance has been so cruelly disturbed.”

The attack during the Hindu Navratri festival has deeply distressed members of Australia’s Hindu community.

“My prayers and deep sympathies go to our Hindu brothers and sisters at this difficult time,“ said Dr Palmer.

The Hindu Council of Australia has written a comprehensive account of the incident.  

Uniting Church members in Western Sydney who want to express their solidarity in person are welcome to attend this Hindu prayer ceremony on Saturday night. The venue is just close to Northmead Uniting Church.

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