Abbott uses taxpayer dollars to narrow divide between church and state

5 Dec

Separate church & state

 

Under the Abbott government’s proposed education reforms, taxpayers will fund bible studies colleges and the training of priests while support for secular universities will be cut.

Abbott has already flagged that his government will provide $244 million for a new school chaplaincy scheme while removing  the option for schools to employ secular welfare workers. The only possible explanation for this is that it’s the government’s intention to impose Christian ideology on students in secular public schools.

To me, Christian religious belief equates to a kind of madness. While I’m fascinated by metaphysical thinking, I’m offended to the core by the imposition of Christian constructed narratives attributed to imaginary transcendental exteriorities being foisted on anyone, let alone our young.

Another broken promise?

We are all influenced by a value system that we hold, but in the end, every decision that a politician makes is, or at least should, in our society be based on the normal sorts of considerations. It’s got to be publicly justifiable; not only justifiable in accordance with a private view; a private belief. Tony Abbott on ABC TV Four Corners’, March 2010.

There is no public justification for governments funding religious colleges and school chaplains at all, let alone at the expense of secular universities and schools. It is a decision entirely based on private views and private beliefs. Tony Abbott demonstrates yet again that despite his much touted Christian values he is willing to lie to the electorate before an election, and renege on his undertakings when he’s won.

The man is a liar. A Christian liar, and so a hypocrite as well. His religious beliefs don’t belong in our government. If religion is a private matter then keep it privately not publicly funded. You can’t have it both ways.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 Responses to “Abbott uses taxpayer dollars to narrow divide between church and state”

  1. simon harris December 5, 2014 at 6:24 pm #

    Then I saw his face………… Now I’m a believer, ?
    one bullet one foot
    a long piece of rope and faith in the everlasting eternity, some hope for the ones who have booked their place in the moral high heavens of hyperbole
    Money from the mortals, heaven for us

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    • another Paul December 6, 2014 at 7:20 am #

      ” religious belief equates to a kind of madness. While I’m fascinated by metaphysical thinking, I’m offended to the core by the imposition of Christian constructed narratives attributed to imaginary transcendental exteriorities being foisted on anyone, let alone our young.”

      Yes, but offended is much too mild for me. offended is part of it, sickened, angry, its just not possible to put into words.
      I grew up very close to families that were indoctrinating their kids into the very Catholic church that the first and worst child abuse offender in Victoria (that got caught) was ruling the roost. Members of my extended family were abused by Ridsdale and were punished for speaking up and then Pell swept it all under the carpet.
      Many more issues with my wife and her fundamentalist christian extended family brainwashing tiny youngters. Children of four and five having to learn to recite bible verses, children of five and six trying to convert me. Sickening.

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  2. doug quixote December 6, 2014 at 7:35 pm #

    Not just Christianity, of course; but it is the Roman Catholic version of it which is favoured by Abbott, Pyne and their appointed henchmen, such as Kevin Donnelly.

    Indoctrination of primary school age kiddies (and up) is a form of child abuse.

    We in the West fought for hundreds of years to get religion out of schools; thanks to fools in the last thirty years, and this latest mob especially, we are headed back towards the Dark Ages.

    That is where we are; what hope have we of getting the Muslims out of the 8th century?

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