Remember the Islamic school that wanted to set up in Camden in Sydney, but whose application was rejected? Well, they are now appealing the decision.
Cardinal Pell, you might recall, supported the right of the Islamic school to be established, seeing a parallel in attempts to exclude catholic schools in Australia's past. Protestants in the area, however, have taken a tougher stance, and the Sydney Morning Herald reports today:
CAMDEN'S Christian leaders have united to condemn the Quranic Society, which wants to build an Islamic school in Camden, for espousing views which are "incompatible with the Australian way of life".
The leaders of the St John's Anglican, Camden Presbyterian and Camden Baptist churches and the Evangelical Sisterhood of Mary signed a letter to Camden Council arguing that the proposal was not in the public interest.
"Camden is increasingly becoming a multicultural community, but when one part of the community seeks to dominate the public space, as we have seen in Auburn, Bankstown, Lakemba and more recently Liverpool, the social impact is unacceptable," says the letter, which was read at the Quranic Society's appeal to the Land and Environment Court yesterday.
"Our concern is the Quranic Society inevitably advocates a political ideological position that is incompatible with the Australian way of life. This includes promoting Quranic law as being superior to national laws and regarding followers of any rival religion as inevitably at enmity with it."
The school proposal has split the Camden community.
The council voted unanimously to reject the original application for a 1200-pupil school "on planning grounds alone" last May.
After reducing its proposal to a school catering for 900 students, the Quranic Society took its case to the Land and Environment Court..."