A government-approved provider of school scripture has been referred to the New South Wales Department of Education after its pastor described the Qur'an as "a virus" and said Islam was "culturally incompatible with western Christian values".

Keith Piper, the pastor of Liberty Baptist Church in the Sydney suburb of Cherrybrook, has uploaded videos to YouTube that call for a ban on Muslim immigration, describe Islamism as "a cancer [that] we must destroy" and say the Qur'an is "a virus infecting the brains [of Muslims]".

On Monday, a letter sent to the education minister by the anti-scripture group Fairness in Religion in Schools raised concerns that the church's scripture teachers were promoting similar messages in government schools.

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