A Window into the Freedom of Religion in Syria and implications for Australia

What follows is an extract from a submission about religious freedom, submitted to the Australian Federal Parliament by my friend, Rev. Michael Palmer. The submission was based on what we saw and heard during our trip to Syria over New Year 2017. Father Dave ‘A Window into the Freedom of Religion in Syria: and implications …

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Father Dave (L), Father Toufic, Soren Smith

Father Toufic of Maaloula shows us how Christians and Muslims can live together in harmony

Father Toufic, in my view,  is an archetypal priest. As Parish Priest of St George’s Melkite church in Maaloula (Syria), he has pastored his parish through the worst possible crisis.  Jabhat Al Nusra over-ran his town in 2013. Three years later, the signs of destruction are ever-present. St George’s church has been rebuilt but, as Father Toufic says, …

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Christians and Muslims can be friends – Father Dave & the Grand Mufti of Syria

He is one of my favourite people in the world, and I pray for him every day – Dr Ahmad Badr al-Din Hassoun, the Grand Mufti of Syria. I don’t know any other religious leader in the world whose first words to me when he sees me are “I love you!” Even I don’t greet …

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Father Dave with Feruzan Behbahany

Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?

I hear this question asked a lot – not only by Christians but by Muslim friends as well: “Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?” The question made headlines late in 2015 when Wheaton College in Chicago suspended a professor of political science for publicly answering the question in the affirmative! The academic was …

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