|Friday, 23 March 2012 15:37|
About seven years ago I visited Lebanon, travelled widely, meeting the President and the Muslim leaders of the Sunni and the Shiites.
The Sunni leader asked me to protect the civic rights of Muslims in Australia. I willingly promised this and have worked regularly to this end.
He also praised the situation in the Ottoman Empire, where Christians, second class citizens, had to walk on the other side of the road from Muslims so they would be safe. I did not understand this was a serious government initiative then to protect Christians from mob violence.
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