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Recently the speaker of the house of representatives in our humble country of Australia has called for public debate in relation to the lord’s prayer in Australian parliament. My thought on this is, good! We do need to start to separate church and state more in Australia as currently god is mentioned in our constitution and apparently in our taxation systems (I am going to look this up, but it was mentioned in a few articles. I would assume it is in reference to Church tax exemptions).

Here is the first couple of sentences in the Preamble of the Australian constitution:

Whereas the people of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, and Tasmania, humbly relying on the blessing of Almighty God, have agreed to blah blah blah blah Et caetera, et caetera.

Not only does this set a religious climate in the government and country at large, but it also alienates anyone who isn’t christian! Oh, and it obviously references the Queen, that decrepit old tradition that is based on the king/queen being appointed by GOD himself…anyway where was I? Oh yeah… I would have to say thank the flying fairy in the sky that someone in government is actually speaking out about this and not guiding us with a little nudge on the slippery slope towards a retarded “secular” government such as the USA’s today. I would like to think that a large amount of Australians hold secular values, whether or not they are religious or otherwise, and I am glad that we are starting to be represented. Let’s hope that this leads us to a truly secular nation that we can all be proud of.

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One Comment

    • Christopher
    • Posted October 30, 2008 at 1:27 pm
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    The speaker seems to be on his own on this issue.
    Both Rudd and Turnbull are firmly against removing the prayer.

    See a variety of articles here:
    http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&ie=UTF-8&ncl=1262419307

    I’m sure after reciting the same rote phrases day after day they’ve long since stopped paying attention to them. Perhaps they could rotate through some of the other hundreds of religions that they’re supposed to be representing as well, including the suggested acknowledgement to the traditional owners. At least doing something different each time people might pay attention, and then – shock horror – they might take in some of the messages!


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