March 18, 2010

Church leaders eat curry to fight racism

by David Masters

Church leaders in Australia are eating curry for dinner as part of a campaign against racism in the country.

The “Vindaloo against Violence” campaign, launched last month, aims to highlight and condemn the rising number of racist attacks against Indian students living in Australia.

“The increasing violence on our streets is worrying,” said Rev Alistair Macrae, leader of the Uniting Church in Australia, the country’s largest Protestant church.

“Indications of racist motivations behind some assaults against Indian students add a sinister dimension.”

Macrae is encouraging church members to join him in eating curry as a way of opposing the racism.

“Head out for a curry to the local Indian restaurant and order a vindaloo or a curry, and while giving thanks for the food, pray for Indian students in this country and pray for the generous Spirit to soften our hearts,” he said.

The Vindaloo against Violence campaign was the brainchild of Mia Northrope, who started the campaign online urging Australians to show support for Indian students and denounce violence against them by eating curry.

Over 400 Indian restaurants in Melbourne supported the launch of the campaign in February, with politicians, police, celebrities and sports stars all pledging their support to the cause by eating Indian food.

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