12 February, 2015. 15:21
ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact
POLICE are seeking to question a man over a graffiti attack on a mosque at Longreach, in central Queensland.
Described by witnesses as being of “Christian appearance”, police are appealing to the community for more information.
Police were called to the prayer centre on Duck Street about 7 pm (AEST) on Wednesday after members discovered the damage.
Queensland Police Commissioner, Ian Stewart, says that it’s only a matter of time before the perpetrators are brought to justice.
“A full investigation is underway,” says Mr Stewart.
“It’s often hard to break the wall of silence in those communities but we’ve done it before and we’ll do it again,”
Islāmic Indonesian Community of Queensland president Geert Kromowidjojo played down the attack, telling The Betoota Advocate he said he had no idea who had vandalised the mosque but that it was “probably just Catholics”.
“I think this is a misperception about Islam — we are here, Australian,” he said.
“I’ve been here for years and we live nice and peacefully and whoever did this — respect us as Australians.”
Police in predominately Christian towns of Quilpie, Thargomindah and Stonehenge have been put on high alert as the suspect remains at large.
This development is the latest in a disturbing trend of crime being committed by Australian Christians in Queensland.
In 2013, a 27-year-old Atheist was killed after he was punched outside a Mooloolaba night club by a Presbyterian man.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, over 85% of the nation’s gaol population identify themselves as Christian.
Various community groups are calling for tighter restrictions on Christian businesses as well as a review of immigration policy.
Chairman of The Australia For Australians Foundation, Neville Grossemann says that the government needs to stop Christian immigration altogether.
“Christians are failing to assimilate where ever they end up,” says Mr Grossemann.
“The experiment was a failure,”
“These people are coming into communities, where they’re immediately forming their own ghettos. They’re only interested in doing business with other Christians,” says Mr Grossemann
“It’s time to send them back to where they came from.”
Local Christian bookstore owner, John Parker-Jones, says it’s hard to fit in when everybody around you judges you by how you dress and what God you pray to.
“After I arrived from Canada in 2009, it hasn’t gotten any easier for Christians to move to Australia,” says Mr Parker-Jones.
“The police would constantly hound me like I was some sort of criminal,”
“People would spit at me in the street. They’d make fun of my relaxed-fit polo shirts and call my jeans ‘gay’ – it needs to stop,”
“I want to be an Australian.” says Mr Parker-Jones.
With additional reporting from AAP
Police are urging anybody with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or by sending information online via crimestoppers.com.au; which people can do so anonymously.
The public can call their local Police if they prefer.
In the case of an emergency dial triple zero 000.