Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013 - Australian Christians

With all the cultural sensitivity being promoted in Australia, have the people’s elected representatives ever considered that a little sensitivity towards Australian culture may be warranted?

 When Ed Husic was sworn in to parliament the regular options to do so on a Bible or with an affirmation - representative of our Judeo-Christian and secular heritage – were dismissed and the incorporation of the Quran was celebrated by our Governor-General as ‘a great day for multiculturalism’. Those who were upset at this have been deemed ‘racist’.

The Bible is engraved in our culture; in our parliamentary prayers, speeches and even on the floors of our parliament. It is engraved on the headstones of our forebears and finds its way into our common language. Even the irreligious among us know the Golden Rule and what it means to bear our cross. But for those who reject its core message, there is freedom to do so and our parliament doesn’t insist on respect of the Bible or its message for elected representatives; it accommodates difference with an option of affirmation. That’s Australian culture and it has produced a freer, happier democracy than is evidenced in many other cultures. What it has produced, freedom of conscience, belief, association and equality before the law is why people come here.

With all the cultural sensitivity being promoted in Australia, have the people’s elected representatives ever considered that a little sensitivity towards Australian culture may be warranted?

While the Bible or affirmation have been used as validation for commitment to the rule of law and serving Australians, the Quran is the source of Islamic sharia law; something that has produced very different outcomes in societies plagued by human rights abuse and totalitarianism. Perhaps Australians who desire to see a commitment to freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law are not racist in their expectation that elected representatives uphold the options given in recognition of Australian culture. Or will we soon see people sworn in with the Kama Sutra, Tipitaka, Rig-Veda, or the Zend-Avesta?

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Australian Christians is the new federal political party with the goal of representing the values and concerns of the 2.7 million Christian Australians who attend church once a month or more, and others who identify with those concerns.
Vickie Janson
P: 0411 298 464
W: australianchristians.com.au

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