Is this going to be the West’s response to jihad terror? To cancel or curtail our activities, and hide in our houses, thoroughly terrorized? Did anyone at St. Aidan’s pause to consider why all this security is necessary, and why it wasn’t in the past, and what that suggests about the Muslim migrant influx? Is clear thinking on this issue forever to be condemned as “Islamophobic” while the West slowly commits suicide?
“‘It’s just evil’: Church overlooking Sydney Harbour forced to cancel their popular New Year’s Eve fireworks party over TERROR fears – because they can’t afford the $10,000 bill for security and bollards to stop an attack,” by Stephen Johnson, Daily Mail Australia, December 28, 2017 (thanks to Creeping Sharia):
An Anglican church with a view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge has been forced to cancel an annual New Year’s Eve street party over terrorist attack fears.
St Aidan’s at Longueville, on the lower north shore, had hired bands or put on an annual family-friendly sausage sizzle on the last day of the year since 1999.
The event grew bigger every year to the point 4,000 people would crowd, shoulder to shoulder, along a 100 metre slope of Christina Street as a singer performed on grass outside the church.
Families from across Sydney and out to the Blue Mountains would travel to get the best vantage point for the 9pm and midnight fireworks, as nearby wealthy residents hosted their friends in $8 million waterfront mansions overlooking the Lane Cove River.
Spectators young and old would gather, eating sausages and listening to live music, as they enjoyed panoramic views of the Harbour and Anzac bridges, as five simultaneous fireworks displays coloured the night sky.
Elderly church volunteers in fluoro vests would stand in front of makeshift plastic road barriers directing traffic away from the crowd.
The mowing down of pedestrians in Melbourne’s Bourke Street Mall in January, which killed six people and injured 30 others, has changed the way people can enjoy the traditional Sydney Habour fireworks extravaganza.
In early December, three weeks before a car again ploughed into pedestrians in downtown Melbourne, injuring 20 people, St Aidan’s announced it would have to cancel its traditional New Year’s Eve outdoor party.
For the first time in 19 years, there won’t be festivities spilling out from the church lawns on to the street.
The church’s rector Reverend Craig Potter said new state laws requiring community groups to hire professional security guards and put up concrete or water-filled bollards meant his congregation couldn’t afford a $10,000 bill to ward off a potential terrorist attack.
‘We just couldn’t do it,’ he told Daily Mail Australia on Thursday afternoon….