Christians in Sydney, Australia, are being advised to hide their crosses in public after an Arabic-speaking Muslim gang of thugs shouting “Fuck Jesus” and “Allahu Akbar” attacked a couple on a train, while transit officers stood by and did nothing while looking on from a ‘safe space.’
Breitbart (h/t Anne B) The Sydney-based Daily Telegraph reports the couple were attacked while riding the train through “Muslim enclaves” in south-west Sydney.
Mike, who asked for his surname to be withheld for fear he might be targeted, said that four men of Middle Eastern appearance ripped his cross from his neck, stomped on it, and rained kicks and punches on his face, back, and shoulders. Two women attacked his girlfriend when she tried to protect him.
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.”
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.
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 non-muslims there.”
Apart from the fact that this description of an unprovoked attack of six people against two is a curious downplaying of its seriousness, “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.”
There have been other reports of anti-Christian abuse in recent years, such as churchgoers in Sydney’s west getting death threats from men driving past in a car bearing the Islamic State flag.