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Date for ezine: 26-03-2010
Subject for ezine: Partners in the Good Fight

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Partners in the Good Fight

When one man dreams, it is just a dream, but when we all dream together, it is the beginning of a new reality.

Dom Helder Camara

Welcome Fighter

It's Father Dave here, and I'm glad to be with you as once again I find myself in the middle of a great big fight.

Unfortunately it's not a boxing match this time, but a fight for justice on behalf of my friend, Sheikh Mansour Leghaei, who is under threat of imminent deportation by the Australian government. Unfortunately, in this sort of fight, you not only don't get a referee, you don't even get to see the face of your opponent!

I won't go into all the details of Mansour's case here.  You can get the full history and details on and I'd encourage you to read all about it there if you're not familiar with the case.  

Let it suffice here to say that those of us who support Mansour believe that he is an innocent victim of a mistaken security assessment, and we take exception to the fact that because he is not an Australian citizen he is apparently not entitled to a fair trial under Australian law! We also believe that the deportation of this peace-maker and bridge-builder will be a significant blow to relationships between Christians and Muslims in our community.
Father Dave & Sheikh MansourI

Anyway, I've had plenty to say in the media over the last few weeks on this matter and I've received lots of wonderful emails of gratitude and support (mainly from local Muslim people) as well as my share of nasty  and threatening emails and phone calls (all from Christian people). It's a strange world we live in!

If you'd like to join the campaign for 'A Fair Shake for the Sheikh' here are three ways you can help:
  1. Print out and get signatures for the Save the Sheikh Petition (and return it to us ASAP)
  2. Turn up for the 'Unity for the Community' BBQ scheduled for Sunday March 28 (details here)
  3. Join us in a Conference Call with the Sheikh on Sunday evening (details here)
  4. Join us for our Easter Saturday Prayer Vigil (details here), where we will be praying for:
    • The Sheikh and his family
    • Relationships between Christians and Muslims and all persons in our community
    • That every person in this country should be given the right to a fair trial,
      regardless of their race or creed or citizenship.
The Prayer Vigil will go for 24 hours straight, from Easter Saturday morning at 9am right through until Sunday morning when we will conclude our prayers with our Easter worship service.  If you can't make it in person (because you live in Saskatchewan) I invite you to join us in prayer at that time nonetheless.

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Virtual Pulpit: Jesus is Crazy!

Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, "This man receives sinners and eats with them."  So he told them this parable ...

Thus begins a series of three of Jesus' most famous stories - the lost sheep, the lost coin and the prodigal son. The stories are easy to remember. What is easy to forget though is that they all arise out of  the criticism Jesus received for the company he chose to keep.

Jesus seemed to enjoy the company of ordinary, sinful people.  And the problem was that he didn't just preach at them. He ate and drank with them!
Father Dave
Hit the play button to hear my take on three of Jesus' most well-known parables, or read the written version here.

You can download the MP3 version of this sermon (and all the sermons of the Fighting Fathers) from the Fighting Fathers Sermon Library

The Christian Save the Sheikh Coalition on Lateline

This the first of two segments that aired on ABC TV's Lateline, covering the threatened deportation of our friend, Sheikh Mansour Leghaei.

This segment focused on the support Mansour has within the Christian community. Part 2 was an interview with Mansour and his son Ali (and can be viewed here)

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OK fighter, I'm going to wrap this one up quickly today as we both have plenty to get on with!

I'll hope to see you at the BBQ, hear from you on the Conference Call or pray with you at the Prayer Vigil.

Let me leave you with something light today - a video about the funny side of terrorism (if such a thing exists). It's an American production but I suspect it sums up pretty well what all our security services are capable of. Click here.

May the Lord bless and strengthen you for the work to which you have been called.

Yours in the Good Fight,


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