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Canberra bishop says don't demonise Arabs and Muslims

Canberra's auxiliary Bishop Patrick Power has expressed concern at US President George W. Bush's retaliatory response to last week's terrorist attacks in the US.

He said: "I am concerned with Bush's gung-ho attitude and I believe that it is spreading some of the unnecessary fear of Muslims that we are seeing in our community today."

Bishop Power was one of the cultural and religious leaders gathered on Wednesday at a Canberra peace rally to express concerns about racism aimed at the Arabic and Muslim community.

"The point of the rally is to make sure people don't overreact to what happened in America. I mean overreact by demonising and scapegoating people in the Arab and Muslim community," he said.

Bishop Power attributed the increase of racism in Canberra to fear of a possible war.

Canberra Times