I was walking down Church St Mall a coupla days back, and there were young Indian men, with bindis (Tamil: pottu) on their foreheads, handing out invitations to the Festival of Chariots. A few meters away was an old gentleman speaking into a portable public address system. The sign at his feet asked ‘Does Jesus Save?’, but his portable PA was so bad that I couldn’t understand a word he was saying – his voice was muffled – so I don’t know if he was arguing for or against. When I walked back a few hours later, the Falun Gong adherents were practicing their exercises – right in front of St John’s Anglican Cathedral, which is a thoroughly Evangelical, Bible-based, Christ-proclaiming church.
Yep, Parramatta sure is an interesting place.