Paul Kelly appears to be going senile:
The debate about religion is heading in a dangerous direction that, unless reversed, will leave permanent schisms in society and create serious problems for multiculturalism. Leeser’s central message is that the public discussion of religion must be reset. The task, he says, is “how we can live together with differences” creating a “shared space for everyone”.
The Ruddock review recommended a religious discrimination act given the inadequacy of existing commonwealth law. Attorney-General Christian Porter will soon release the draft for public discussion. But Leeser warns church and faith groups to be careful. Such a law “will inevitably hand more power to the courts”, and that means a surrender of sorts to the grip of international human rights law. This is a risky path.
While much of the media declares itself to be clueless about this entire issue, the political class is about to be plunged into this debate. What will be fundamental are the policies and principles MPs advocate. The roots of our civilisation lie in Judaeo-Christian traditions and the issue is the respect secular society accords this tradition or whether, under the guise of “ethics” and competing rights, it authorises the campaign against faith and religion with all the consequences this may encompass.
I’m not going to waste much time on this beyond observing that Australia does not believe in god. In never has. Although its history is heavily demarcated by sectarian division between Catholic and Protestant, even this was more a class struggle than a religious one.
There’s almost no history of anti-Semitism, anti- or pro-Muslim violence, either.
It’s one major reason why Australian mutliculturalism has been so successful. Rather than bring biblical conflicts here, migrants have absorbed the weather, put their feet up and had a beer instead.
So, the obvious turn in conservative politics towards god-fearing bullshit is not going to get ANY traction in the polity. Indeed it will alienate it. I’d advise giving up on:
- pushing any coverage of ScoMo at church;
- campaigning on behalf of Paedo Pell;
- any kind of religious rights legislation;
- and sympathising with Israel Folau who simply violated his employment agreement.
I’m all for breaking the shackles of the political correctness imagination, but installing a new set based upon voodoo is not progress and will not serve the Coalition well in pragmatic (dare I say nihilistic) Australia.