Associate Professor Mohamad Abdalla from Griffith University addresses the gathering.
Associate Professor Mohamad Abdalla from Griffith University addresses the gathering. Kevin Farmer

Mosque gathering reveals a city that values diversity

OUR SAY: It was inspiring to see so many people gather outside Toowoomba's mosque yesterday afternoon.

About 100 people from different backgrounds and sectors of the community joined together to make a united stand against the arson attack on the mosque on Friday night.

It was even more significant considering the rally came on Australia's national day.

We live in a multicultural country and one in which most people are accepting of different cultures and races.

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The same can be said for Toowoomba.

We should not allow the incredibly selfish and stupid acts of one person to tarnish Toowoomba's reputation as a culturally inclusive city.

Toowoomba is a stronger community because it is home to people from so many different backgrounds.

The stand taken by so many members of the community yesterday afternoon on Australia Day shows how much the majority value this diversity.


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