Religious Men in Australia should be careful what they wish for: Separation of Religion and the State in Australia is officially - Gone! A Shield has Become a Sword

Press Release 775

                               AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL FOR THE DEFENCE OF GOVERNMENT

SCHOOLS

PRESS RELEASE 775

Religious Men in Australia should be careful what they wish for:

Separation of Religion and the State in Australia is officially - Gone!

A Shield has Become a Sword

Section 116 of the Australian Constitution entrenched religious freedom and freedom from religion in Australia in 1901. But it was read down by the majority judges in the High Court in the DOGS case in 1981.

Religious schools wanted to have their cake and eat it. They wanted State money but they did not want State control. He who pays the piper calls the tune. And the tune now includes cries of ‘discrimination’. The Federal Government intends to legislate on religion. Religion and the State are entangled -  almost irretrievably.  

Separation of religion and the State is no more. In the Ruddock Report pp 35-36 this is now official

The Commonwealth Government is getting involved in determining discrimination in matters of religion.

But are discrimination and vilification laws just another form of blasphemy law, with a return to the era of religious and culture wars ?

For those concerned about the morals of a ‘Godly’ nation rather than the lessons of history and enlightenment separation of religion and the State, it may prove to be so. The absolute right to ‘freedom of conscience’ is now reduced to a mere section of discrimination law in which it will be weighed and often found wanting.

Prime Minister Morrison, and religious men who have forgotten their own history have politicised religion in Australia. This at a time, when the hypocrisy of so many churches and church schools have revealed themselves as shameless in their mendacity.

As Christians contemplate the birth in poverty – and the sacrifice of Christ this Christmas, they should ask:

How has this happened?

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