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Muslims In Australia Reach Out
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070209/ap_on_re_au_an/australia_muslim_lifeguards

An interesting story about a movement to include Muslims in the ranks of Australia's lifeguard corps. It may be a small story, and a small gesture, but I found it significant. I did not sense the hostility and militant separateness of Muslims and other residents that we hear of in so many other nations. Clearly they have had their problems in Australia, but one feels a different tone from those interviewed. Overall there seems to be a genuine desire for mutual respect and tolerance of differences.

I can't claim to have much knowledge of Australian culture, but I wonder about it. Could it be that the fact that many Caucasian Aussies are themselves descended from convicts and other people banished from their cultures of origin make them somewhat more understanding of people who are shunned or marginalized in society?

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