Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Greater Bendigo supports multi-faith community

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission congratulates more than 40 leaders from the City of Greater Bendigo who have issued a joint statement in support of the local Muslim community.

The approved building of a mosque in the area has been the subject of some community anger and hostility which has recently escalated following plans by anti-Islam groups to rally in Bendigo on Saturday.

The community leaders have pledged "to stand united against any form of racism and bigotry."

The statement goes on to acknowledge different points of view and has asked that "these views are expressed in a peaceful and respectful manner."

The City of Greater Bendigo has also this week launched a Twitter campaign to support cultural diversity and social inclusion #BendigoWelcomesEveryone

The Racial and Religious Tolerance Act makes it against the law to vilify people because of their race or religion. Vilification is behaviour that incites hatred, serious contempt, revulsion or severe ridicule of person or group of people because of their race or religion. Serious vilification is a criminal offence.

The Commission applauds the signatories for their proactive and inclusive stance in supporting the Muslim communities’ right to have a place of worship and communion.

View a copy of the statement along with a list of signatories.

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