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Chaser jumping the shark in Canberra?

By johnboy - 21 July 2009 110

[First filed: July 20, 2009 @ 09:10]

The Australian brings word that The Chaser team have caused umbrage again, this time here in Canberra.

    Chaser comedian Julian Morrow, who is also the program’s executive producer, was stopped by Australian Federal Police officers when he arrived at St John’s Anglican Church in full mountaineering gear and attempted to scale the spire during the regular Sunday service — a reference to the recent row over climbing Uluru.

    The ABC went ahead and filmed despite being warned by media waiting for the Prime Minister that Mr Rudd was expected to comment on Australian casualties in the Jakarta bombings, and the news just breaking of the killing of an Australian soldier and the serious wounding of another in an incident in Afghanistan.

That the Prime Minister could do something as mundane as go to church without being molested was something I really liked about Canberra. The fear is that now the genie’s out of the bottle every ratbag nutjob convinced their cause is paramount to all other considerations will be out on a Sunday morning making pratts of themselves.

Let us hope it doesn’t come to that.

Chaser stunt at St Johns

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Chaser jumping the shark in Canberra?
trevar 11:17 am 20 Jul 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

Why should the rock be a place of cultural and spiritual significance to only one group?

It may be significant to more than one group, but the only group with an established spiritual tradition is the local Aboriginal group. There is, beyond that, an established symbolic tradition, but I’m a little in two minds as to whether the latter trumps the former, and tend to think not. I might be a Christian, but I’m not in the habit of disrespecting the sacredness of Islamic mosques or Buddhist temples, so why would I climb Uluru?

The only flaw in the Chaser’s analogy is that there is no teaching in the Christian religion that it is wrong to climb church spires. It may be slightly disruptive to do it on Sunday morning, but it’s not like there’s a commandment about it, or even an established doctrine against it. Heck, I recall a story in the Bible about Jesus encouraging people who climbed on the roof of the place he was teaching in!

Still, the Chasers are making a valid and relevant point. Shame about the news of the day, but what can you do?

barking toad 11:13 am 20 Jul 09

The analogy is spot off!

A rock is not a church.

I don’t doubt tourists leave a mess and that’s not acceptable be it on top of Ayers Rock or round lake Burley Griffin.

But the awareness of any spiritual signifance of natural features usually only arises when there’s money involved. Mining leases come to mind. Next we’ll be stopping Sydney harbour bridge climbs because some Redfern activist discovers a spiritual connection with the area.

And the chaser children wouldn’t have connected Krudd’s church attendance with respect to a soldier’s death. That’s beyond them.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 11:03 am 20 Jul 09

Why should the rock be a place of cultural and spiritual significance to only one group? I think it’s a very Australian thing to do, making the pilgrimage to see the rock. I’ve never been there, but fully intend to climb it when I do. Whilst I respect the Aboriginal people who have lived in and around there, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to expect some respect in return.

If people want to climb a church spire, let them climb the ladders that are usually inside. Why wouldn’t the church want to reveal itself to interested people anyway?

Pelican Lini 10:59 am 20 Jul 09

Two cannibals capture, kill and cook up comedian, Julian Morrow, and as they begin eating him, one cannibal says to the other: “Does this taste funny to you?”

Mike Crowther 10:54 am 20 Jul 09

1. The analogy is spot on, though you cant blame the congregation at St. Johns for what people do at the rock.

2. The PM should be able to go to his church in peace, outside he’s fair game.

3. A pox on the media for trying to somehow link this with the death of a digger. Grubs.

harvyk1 10:52 am 20 Jul 09

I was wondering if the chasers where ever going to do something like this. Barking Toad, I think you missed the point entirely. For quite some time the local aboriginal people have asked people not to climb Uluru, and the comparison given is it would be like them climbing your local church.

Now I’m not going to weigh into the debate about closing it vs leaving the climb open as I myself have climbed it. However the chaser are simply testing two things, both of which can be seen in a similar vein, except one is taboo whilst the other is acceptable.

As for the PM making comments about the death overseas, well don’t get me wrong, I’m not cold and heartless, however I fail to see why this is anything more special than a normal church service, as the intent of the gathering was exactly that.

(I’d feel differently if it was the guys actual funeral)

Br1anL 10:42 am 20 Jul 09

I take my hat off to the chaser team. The analogy is spot on.

I was at Uluru recently and decided not to climb out of respect. I later found out from a friend who did climb, that the top is cover is rubbish from the numerous climbers.

So not only do we disrecpt the spiritual signifance of the site, but whilst we are there we exacerbate the issue by rubbishing the site.

Skidbladnir 10:35 am 20 Jul 09

Expect a hearty round of pre-recorded laughter when it goes to air.

Holden Caulfield 10:34 am 20 Jul 09

I don’t think the analogy itself is the issue here, more the timing of the gag given the expected comments Rudd was going to make in respect of the Australian deaths overseas.

But I guess the Chaser has deadlines to meet like everyone else.

barking toad 10:34 am 20 Jul 09

What has a church in Canberra (or anywhere for that matter)to do with a rock in central Australia?

Moral equivalence at it’s worst.

The number of “cultural owners” of Ayers Rock has bloomed over the years from the easy access to sit-down money.

The Chaser mob are using their usual shock tactics to pander to the ABC luvvies who think it’s soooo clever.

Ozhair 10:24 am 20 Jul 09

Ah, so that’s what they were up to. I saw Morrow in the Canberra Centre yesterday when I was grabbing lunch.

Dante 10:22 am 20 Jul 09

The PM attending St Johns is hardly a well kept secret. It was only a matter of time until something along these lines happened. And agreed with the other posters, fantastic analogy. Why should a church be considered sacred if Uluru can’t be?

Hells_Bells74 9:37 am 20 Jul 09

+1 – kudos Chaser guy.

Jim Jones 9:33 am 20 Jul 09


Pommy bastard 9:23 am 20 Jul 09

at St John’s Anglican Church in full mountaineering gear and attempted to scale the spire during the regular Sunday service — a reference to the recent row over climbing Uluru.

Excellent analogy, kudos Chaser guy.

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