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Posted in Easter, fremantle, multicultural, Uncategorized by freoview on April 16, 2017




It’s Easter and the wattle is starting to blossom in Fremantle. It’s a brilliant morning that does not deserve or require negativity and it is a special and important day for Christians, so let us celebrate life instead of finding an excuse for attacking our Muslim brothers and sisters, as a columnist in the Sunday Times today does.

Religions are important and valuable for those who believe in their gods and who gain strength from it and it is not up to anyone to judge people because of their religion.

It is so irrelevant if some Muslim women don’t shake hands with men as culture, tradition and religions are all different. I have been to countries where I was told not to touch children on their head because of culture or religion. No big deal.

When I arrived in Australia 35 years ago it was the norm for men to shake hands with men but not with women. I never embraced that practice because I was brought up in the Dutch culture of shaking hands with men and women, but it never was a big deal, just different and for me slightly awkward to observe.

Many religious traditions have over hundreds of years become more cultural traditions with people often not knowing what it is we celebrate. How many of us will reflect today on the biblical Christian belief that Easter is about the resurrection of Jesus Christ who was nailed to a cross? This is very meaningful to all Christians but pretty meaningless to other religions and non-believers. No big deal.

Easter eggs and Easter bunnies have probably very little to do with Jesus Christ, but that is not a big deal either, as long as we all try to live peacefully and with mutual respect for each other.

This weekend is perfect to celebrate our great Australian multiculturalism and the acceptance of all different religions, cultures and traditions. When you walk around the Fremantle International Street Arts Festival the next two days that is what you will be witnessing; people living together in near perfect harmony.

Have a great Easter!

Roel Loopers

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  1. Caroline said, on April 17, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Easter was originally a Pagan celebration about fertility and spring. The goddess Oestra was involved hence Easter and oestrogen. The Christians took it on as hope and renewal in the same way. Sadly it does not really go with our autumn but there you go.

  2. freoview said, on April 16, 2017 at 11:40 am

    I don’t believe my statements are provocative Paul, and I have proven time and time again on this blog for the last seven and a half years that I welcome different views. I brought in Christianity and Islam because of the Sunday Times article I referred to, and Easter is after all a Christian holiday.


  3. freoishome said, on April 16, 2017 at 10:41 am

    I wish you hadn’t made your provocative statements, ie, that you only want discussion that supports your opinion. You could have made this only about living together as a caring community but you chose to bring in Christianity and Islam. But I won’t react in the hope that it does create a more peaceful day, and weather wise it is a good start.

    Have a great day.


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