Ps Peter Pilt JP B Com (UOW) MAGL (Fuller)
PO Box 3386 North Nowra NSW 2541
28th July 2014
Hon Mike Baird MP (Member for Manly)
NSW Parliament House
Sydney NSW 2000
Dear Mr Baird
I wish to express my concerns to you regarding the media reports that you fasted on the last day of Ramadan. As a NSW voter and a Christian, I would ask for an explanation as to why you would do this as apparently you do not subscribe to the Islamic belief nor do you live your life according to the Qu’ran. I also noted with interest that while you were fasting for Ramadan, Muslim extremists under the ISIL umbrella were desecrating 1800 year old churches in Mosul, Iraq and destroying the grave of the biblical Prophet Jonah. I don’t think I saw in the media any response or outcry from your Government regarding this desecration.
I noted that your fellow conservative Federal Government member Julie Bishop wrote an open letter to Muslims in Australia at the start of Ramadan celebrating the beginning of the Muslim Holy Month. Myself and other Christians are looking forward to hearing from the Federal and no doubt State Government at Easter 2015 when we have our Holy Celebrations. I would hate to think that Muslims somehow have preferential treatment in NSW or Australia as I can’t ever remember a letter of support being written from a Federal Government for the Christian celebration of Easter.
I have heard that you have a Christian faith and I also have some level of understanding of the complexities of politics and people groups but to be honest – to the man in the street – you and the Federal Government seem to be falling over yourselves to pander to Muslims right now at the discrimination of Christians and indeed other religious groups.
Makes me wonder why?
I look forward to your reply and explanation
Senior Pastor – Nowra City Church
National Executive Member of International Network of Churches
National Director of Global Care