Multicultural Australia Sets the Tone for World Youth Day

April 22, 2008

Author: Sonya Bryskine

Source: Epoch Times

Australia's multiculturalism and religious diversity is a perfect backdrop for the upcoming World Youth Day (WYD), which is said to be bigger than the 2000 Olympics.

Gone are the days when showing faith was considered "déclassé and unpopular", says respected sociologist and religion expert Professor Emeritus Gary D. Bouma from Monash University.

Now, the growing ethnic disparity is driving for more openness of expression.

"We are moving into a time where being explicit about religious affiliation is back on the agenda," says Professor Bouma.

He believes the openness is directly linked with the recent drive by Muslim women to wear traditional head scarves, or Hijabs, as well as other groups wearing religious clothing.