Anglican priest Fr Dave Smith — or “Fighting Father Dave” as he’s known to many due to his passion for boxing — has had a heart for social justice for a long time. That and a passion for Christ is what got him into ministry. And, yes, the social justice thing placed him firmly on the Left side of the political spectrum.
That was until COVID. Given the Left’s love of all the restrictions, he’s questioning that political affiliation.
As someone who works with at risk youth and those in the margins of society, he’s seen first hand the devastating effect of lockdowns and other restrictions. He’s also seen government overreach impacting on his Church and, worse still, church leaders acquiesce to government restrictions on worship.
Father Dave is best known for his work with at-risk young people, especially in his use of boxing for those suffering from substance abuse problems and anger-management issues. He is also a 6th degree black belt and Australia’s oldest active professional boxer. His progression into martial arts and boxing came out of his attempt to raise funds for his youth centre in Dulwich Hill, where he was parish priest for thirty years. Father Dave has been nominated three time for ‘Australian of the Year’. He is an outspoken activist on social justice and interfaith issues. He is the proud father of four children.
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