Christians in Sydney, Australia are being advised to HIDE their crosses and religious relics since a couple was attacked by a Muslim migrant that tore a man’s cross off his neck while yelling ‘f**k jesus’.
The Sydney-based Daily Telegraph reported that the couple was traveling by train through some muslim neighborhoods. Mike, who requested his full name stay out of papers due to the fear that he would be targeting by speaking out about this, said he was born Greek orthodox and lived in Australia for a long time, never expecting something like this to happen.
Mike says he police saw the attack but did not intervene. Four male assailants surrounded Mike and his girlfriend, one of them ripping a cross from his neck, and the others dealing punches and hits across his face and soldiers. Two females began to attack his girlfriend as well.
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Five uniformed transport officers watched the attack take place but failed to intervene, Mike claimed, leaving the police to meet the train at a later station.
“I was born in Australia of Greek heritage,” Mike told the Telegraph. “I’ve always worn my cross. For [them] to rip it off and step on it has to be a religious crime … It’s not on to feel unsafe in your own country.”
Mike went to Greek community leader and former Sutherland Shire Council deputy mayor Reverend George Capsis, who believes Christians in Sydney face growing persecution at the hands of Muslim gangs, about the attack.
“This is not an isolated incident,” said Rev Capsis, who explained that Mike was the fourth Christian to have come to him about a religiously-motivated attack in just the last six months.
“There are gangs of these young fellows of Muslim background who have been harassing people they identify as Christian … You don’t hear about it because no one’s reporting it.”
Like Mike, the three previous victims who went to Rev Capsis said they were assaulted around public transport in the south-west of the city.
“It’s like their territory,” he said. “They don’t want Christians or other types of infidels there.”
The minister believes that the problem has to be “nipped in the bud” but, in the absence of any robust action from the authorities, he can only advise Christians to hide their faith in the presence of Muslims, so they do not feel “provoked”.
“People like Greek Orthodox carry a big cross,” he explained. “I tell them to be practical and if they’re in those areas and wearing a big cross and a group of young guys comes, hide it in your shirt. Why provoke it?”
A police spokesman said: “The incident [had] prompted police to remind the community that any bias-motivated crime will not be tolerated.” He said the incident was still under investigation.
Sydney Trains defended the transports officers who stood by as the attack took place, telling the Telegraph their main responsibility is tackling fare evasion and that they are trained to observe from a “safe space” if passengers are assaulted.
“Why are ticket inspections deemed more important than passenger safety?” commented Telegraph journalist Miranda Devine.
“Surely, if taxpayers fund dedicated Transport Officers to ride the trains all day, they should be authorised to do more than just observe crimes and call police. Anyone can do that.”
Rev Capsis believes that, “If this keeps up, someone will be hurt.”