I don't believe in religion or God, however I believe people have a right to their beliefs. I have worked in a large multi-cultural workplace, with people from all types of belief systems, hindu, buddist, catholic, etc etc.
As long as their is reciprocated respect it doesn't matter what a person does on a Sunday (or Saturday) (or every day) morning.
And from what I have learnt from my young Muslim friends, is that they would love to mix with Australians but do not know how to meet them, and also are embarrassed at their English. They seem to like everything Australian, however on a recent outing to show one young girl a regional area in Perth, she asked me if people do not like the scarf she wears. So obviously some are also conscious of this.
I take your point Finy...but they really are not encouraged to mix with Christians, and they ask you what your religion is, first.It's happened to me.
When you say Christian, they go real quite...quickly.
Yes I have friends from all different religions. Respecting each others customs made our friendship easier. I visit them for their religious festivals and invite them to take part in our festivities. I think we get to know each other better and have a lot of questions answered about other religions , easing us to have a good time.
I 've taught children of different religions and have found it fascinating, but have noticed their weekends seem to be filled with family and friends of the same ethnicity. My friends however are all white and mostly British backgrounds. Probably the fact that I do English Country Dance has contributed to this. It's not a deliberate choice but I also realized recently that I'm surrounded by practicing or lapsed Christians. (I used to be a church-goer many years ago).