#1002 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 30 Nov 2014.
Adelaide pastor Brad Chilcott has received threats of violence after speaking out against a boycott of Halal certified products last week.
The recent anti-Halal movement has been building, with Facebook pages supporting a Halal boycott attracting over 40,000 followers. Those running the campaign have various reasons for boycotting Halal products, including allegations that funds from the certification support terrorism.
But Chilcott, who is also a strong supporter of asylum seekers, says the reason the campaign has taken hold now, despite Halal being in Australia for 30 years, is because of the federal government’s “continual insistence” to link the Muslim community to terrorism.
“The saddest thing about [the most recent threats] is that other Christians are using their faith as the basis for threats and violence,” Brad told Eternity newspaper.
Whatever we may think of Halal certification, or any social issue, bullying and threats of violence are never an acceptable solution.
I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.