Governing for Whom?

When Australian parliament sits, the Speaker (in the House) and the President (in the Senate) ask God, the Christian God, to see that all goes well:

Almighty God, we humbly beseech Thee to vouchsafe Thy special blessing upon this Parliament, and that Thou wouldst be pleased to direct and prosper the work of Thy servants to the advancement of Thy glory, and to the true welfare of the people of Australia.

Our Father, which art in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Symbolically, to me, it says: We do not govern for Jews, we do not govern for Muslims, we do not govern for atheists or Hindus or Buddhists. Now, is it any more than a symbol?  Yes, because it remains in place!  It is therefore an indicator, a litmus paper, for the underlying beliefs of the bulk of our politicians; it is a little window into the subconscious of our governments, a view of the unquestioned foundations that shape policy, leadership and therefore the country.  The fact that there has not been more argument about it is evidence enough; our parliament was created to serve the Christians, to be guided by the Christian God to build a Christian state, for Christians.

And so it remains.


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About Darren

I'm a scientist by training, based in Australia.

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