Hundreds protest against Islamic school in Australia

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Sydney, Dec 20 (UNI) Police had to step in to calm hundreds of protestors, agitating against a proposal for one of Australia's biggest Islamic schools here last night.

Around 900 people threatened violence if the 1,200-student school in Camden is approved by either the council or via appeal to the Land and Environment Court, Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.

A protester issued a stern warning to the Qu'ranic Society, which has lodged the 19-million-dollar development application.

''If it does get approved, every ragger that walks up the street is going to get smashed by about 30 Aussies,'' he said.

Christian Democrats MP Fred Nile was one of several speakers voicing opposition to the development in the meeting organised by a self-proclaimed group the 'Public Affairs Education Committee'.

No Muslim speakers were invited and only one journalist was allowed inside.

After giving a speech about Islam's opposition to Christianity, Reverend Nile spoke to the media and after quoting from a passage in the Quran, said it meant that all the Aussies who are celebrating Carols by Candlelight this week all over Australia were condemned by the Quran.

Later, Qu'ranic Society spokesman Jeremy Bingham said it was irrational to oppose a private school based on its religious association.

''We live in contemporary Australia, where Australian citizens have the right to follow whatever religious belief they choose,'' he said.


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