According to the 2016 Census, Christians make up 51% of the population whereas 49% are non christians. The Sydney Morning Herald reported on 6/12/2017 that Australians will spend approximately $11billion over the Christmas period. This indicates that many Australians regardless of faith will celebrate Christmas one way or another. The Australian Greens yesterday sparked outrage on social media when Senator Nick McKim posted a photo of him and other Greenies holding up this sign:
The matter of fact is, Christmas is a denominational festivity. It is for Christians to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. In modern times Christmas has been an enabler of consumerism and consumerism is the cornerstone of capitalism. The 49% of non christians who participate in Christmas festivities are enabling capitalism, this includes Muslims who embrace the seasonal festivity.
There were many politicians attacking Senator McKim including Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison;
And Liberal MP, Craig Kelly;
These attacks on Senator McKim were warranted however as a champion of free speech I don’t have an issue of the Greens holding up this sign and the reason why is because they are promoting something that they are very opposed to; CAPITALISM. By wishing someone a Merry Non-denominational Seasonal Festivity is basically saying “forget about religion, go out, spend your money and embrace the consumerism that is the modern day Christmas.”
Who would have thought that the Australian Greens would finally buckle to common sense and dismiss the folly of Socialism and Marxism and come across to the free market of Capitalism?
Today on Sky News Senator McKim told NewsDay that this was just a bit of fun, that it was a bit of ‘satire’ – I smell BS – now that they have got rid of Senator Rhiannon they now can go further to the centre and maybe come up with some real policy of substance. Watch this space, I sense the Socialist Alliance may gain new members!!
I don’t give a monkey’s continental if gay marriage is legalised. The constant screeching by the media about this issue is as sickening as Adolf Hitlers lonely testicle. The noise made from the ‘yes’ campaigners about the plebiscite is hypocritical at it’s finest, I have always believed in direct democracy and by having a plebiscite it neutralises the debate. You cannot deny that same sex marriage is controversial. It is controversial because you have had centuries of tradition whereby marriage is between a man and a woman. Historically marriage was a religious institution until the state took it over and legislated for it. Maybe that is the problem, the State should never have got involved. Anyway to suggest that individuals who do not believe in same sex marriage are bigots is nothing more than bullying. On the other hand I understand where same sex couples are coming from. They feel that given man and woman can marry, why can’t they share the life sentence of pain and misery too?
Many opinion polls around the country are showing that majority of Australians want same sex marriage. Many opinions polls are also saying that they want a vote on the matter rather than politicians making it for them. By having a plebiscite vote on this issue – whatever the results – the other side must acknowledge this and move on. For instance, if the vote is a YES then those who oppose same sex marriage must accept that the majority want this and it is time to move on. I suspect they will. On the other hand if the majority of people say NO then the marriage equality types also need to move on and accept the result. I suspect they won’t.
Given the vote we are about to receive is a postal vote, I suspect that there will be many anomalies. I do agree that it is a waste of money and that we should be having a proper plebiscite done under the same principles when we vote at a general election. The two parties that are to blame for this waste of taxpayers money are the Australian Labor Party and the Australian Greens. We know these two parties like to waste money and this is more proof of this. Given the majority of people want a say and want same sex marriage why do these parties want to deny the public a say? I would have thought given the high emotion of such issue it would be beneficial for the people to choose.
Whatever your view is, and however you vote, same sex marriage in Australia is inevitable. Conservatives however need to ensure that religions and individuals are protected under law if they refuse to marry same sex couples. You wouldn’t expect a Jewish Baker to bake a cake for a Nazi therefore you shouldn’t expect a Priest or an Imam to marry a gay couple.
Remember to get yourself registered and vote. Isn’t democracy great?
I am somewhat perplexed as to why ASIO’s chief Duncan Lewis decided that he must involve himself in political matters by calling up Liberal MPs telling them they must moderate their language over Islam. His argument is that it puts our national safety at risk. This improper involvement of senior bureaucrats raises the question how effective is ASIO at keeping Australia safe and also does flag concerns as to the real reason why Lewis called up concerned Liberal MPs.
Members of Parliament are elected representatives of the people who vote for them. As a secular nation we must be able to have the ability to question religions and be critical where necessary. For instance, society as a whole has been, and should be, critical of some aspects of christianity especially some denominations which have hidden concerns of paedophilia. Likewise, society should question Islam and the role it plays in society when it comes to homosexuality, women’s rights and the extreme element of terrorism.
Politicians such as Tony Abbott, Craig Kelly, Andrew Nikolic and other Liberal MPs have every right to question Islam and to encourage Muslims to consider opening up their religion for reform, after all these MPs are elected representatives and must represent the views of the electorate.
It is interesting to note that Lewis has just admitted that using strong language to critise Islam will put our national security at risk. Does this mean a terror attack? Either way, ASIO is equipped legislatively and has the funding to intercept potential attacks. To suggest that strong language increases a risk of an attack is foolish and discredits the hard work ASIO does to keep us safe.
This notion then raises the question, why did Lewis put ASIO’s own credibility at risk by calling up Liberal MPs? The answer is we will never know, however it would not be surprising if either the Prime Minister or someone within his office put Lewis up to it. As we all know Malcolm Turnbull is a progressive politician and as the Liberals hold seats such as Reid for the first time, upsetting the Muslim community would detrimental for the Liberals.
Australia is suppose to be a democracy. We are suppose to value and nurture the fundamentals of free speech. Unfortunately what we have seen this weekend (18th and 19th July 2015) is nothing much but a disgrace. Disgrace by all parties involved – in particular the Melbourne rally.
Extreme left wing groups like Socialist Alliance, Socialist alternative and the Australian Greens have come out in force and used violence against ordinary Australians voicing their concerns about the rise of extreme Islam. The rise of extreme Islam is real; we have seen this in Europe, and here on our land. Given this Australian’s should be concerned and they should be able to voice their opinions free from violence.
Reclaim Australia however isn’t all innocent in the violence on the weekend. The problem with groups like Reclaim Australia, they attract far right Neo-Nazi sympathisers, just like socialist alliance and the Greens attract far left Trotsky communist loving hippies. Often we see neo Nazi’s join these groups to be able to act in a thuggerish behaviour.
Both sides must know that the media will only report on the hype of violence and not on the undertones in which they stand for. Interestingly however the extreme left were the perpetrators of the violence yet the media painted Reclaim Australia as the troublemakers.
If Reclaim Australia want to be taken seriously they need to rid the extremist element of their organisation and start a grassroots campaign to outline what they really stand for, otherwise the media and the extreme left will just continue to discredit them.