Muslims and Christians gather in Perth to discuss ‘tough issues’

Rev Richard Pengelly, who is organising the event.Muslims and Christians have organised a joint meeting for Saturday night in Perth to discuss the “tough issues” facing both societies.

“Islam has an image problem with terrorism and Christianity has an image problem with child abuse. Both will be discussed tonight,” the Reverand Richard Pengelly, who organised the meeting, told Fairfax Media.

Muslim mother-of-two Aisha Novakovich will be one of the speakers.

“We want to know what is in people’s minds at the moment. We want people to know we are willing to have this conversation and nothing is off the agenda,” the UWA law student said.

Rev Pengelly said there would be a panel of six speakers; three Muslim and three Christian.

“I want to ask them why they are a follower of their faith and what they admire about other faiths. Also we will have an expert in the Islamic Sharia Law and why the west may be afraid of it,” he said.

It’s the second such meeting in recent weeks. Representatives of various faiths came together for a prayer vigil in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Beirut and Paris.

“Most of those who attended the prayer vigil were Muslim and all of them condemned the terror attacks.”

Saturday night’s meeting is at 6pm at St George’s Anglican Cathedral on St George’s Terrace and is open to the public.

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