Call made for world peace
REV John Wessel used yesterday's Remembrance Day service at Jack Evans Harbour to make an impassioned plea for peace.
After acknowledging all those who died in war, Rev Wessel encouraged the 300 people attending to take the opportunity to make war a thing of the past.
"We need to also allow this day to help us look forward to what is needed, in your life and mine, if we are to find the lasting world peace that is at the very heart of this day," Mr Wessel said in his speech.
He said there was far too much intolerance in all religions.
"This fear, at best builds a dangerous wall of isolation and exclusion and, at worst, active aggression and hostility."
"Peace of the world will not be found politically, it will be found only in hearts across the world.
"As long as there are neighbours who don't know each other we will have fearful communities.
"We must learn to say, 'here I stand, I honour where you stand, let us stand together'."
Glenn Davidson, who came from Wynnum with his father, said he thought the speech was "lovely".
"There's so much religious fighting," Mr Davidson said. "It's nice to wish but I don't think it's going to happen."
Les Acton of Burleigh said while he enjoyed the address he thought it was too idealistic.
"The reverend's speech was very unusual, but what I want to know is how do you shake hands with a Muslim?" Mr Acton said.
Mr Wessel had a simple solution to the question.
"It's about time that you do," he told the Daily News. "We put barriers around us and the unknown."