Tony Abbott, history has proven that the alliance of church and state more often than not, does not benefit a country’s people. Abbott has now decided that, since the culture of church-going (even for athiest or nonpartisan families) has expired, the “great text” of the Bible must be read by schoolchildren:
“I think everyone should have some familiarity with the great texts that are at the core of our civilisation,” Mr Abbott said. “That includes, most importantly, the Bible.
“I think it would be impossible to have a good general education without at least some serious familiarity with the Bible and with the teachings of Christianity. That doesn’t mean that people have to be believers.”
The Bible is not at the core of “our” civilization. Civilization has no collective any more, and it certainly does not belong to fundamentalist Christians. Should it be compulsory to read Plato’s Cave in primary school? The Constitution of Australia? The Qur’an? The Lord of the Rings?
So instead of voting in a scary person, can we please have our very own Obama? In response to the debate surrounding the building of a mosque “near” (not very) the Ground Zero site in lower Manhattan, Obama has responded in the way all world leaders need to be thinking. The protest against this mosque has been founded on dangerously parochial terms. Obama believes that Muslims have a right to practice their own religion. And of course he is right, as long as Christians continue to claim the right to practice theirs.
“As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country.”
“This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable. The principle that people of all faiths are welcome in this country, and will not be treated differently by their government, is essential to who we are.”
Yes I am a fangirl. But he proves himself time and time again. Help us, Bobama.