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Katy keeping the Assembly secular

By johnboy 21 December 2012 27

The Australian Christian Lobby is having a squawk after new speaker Vicki Dunne has been rebuffed in her efforts to have a church service kick off the Assembly year on 11 February.

The ACL has just become aware of a letter by ACT Chief Minister Ms Gallagher in which she declined the Speaker of the House Vicki Dunne’s invitation to a church service to mark the beginning of the Assembly’s 2013 year on 11th of February at St Paul’s church in Manuka.

Ms Gallagher said “Members have been able to maintain a secular approach to our practice and tradition” and at the end of the letter stated “Should the Assembly actually be presented with an opportunity to express its view on this matter I can confirm that the Labor MLA’s would not support it or any other attempt to alter the secular character of our Legislative Assembly.”

ACL’s Managing Director Jim Wallace said it was disappointing for those in the ACT who had a Christian faith that Ms Gallagher declined to attend a ceremony that would be important to those who believe that the our society stands out as a civil one because of its Christian fundamentals, and would want to see Christ continue to bless and preserve it.

One would hope those of a Christian faith would have the brains to realise they’re not well served by a Chief Minister paying them lip service, and would appreciate the honesty.

One does wonder how the ACL became aware of the letter. Get it from the Speaker’s Office did they?

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TwainAndHume 3:18 pm 14 Feb 13

Long may the Assembly remain secular as well …. the ACT and Australia in general shouldn’t have any desire to head down the proverbial well that has been dug for itself by the American Tea Party ….

2604 10:34 pm 22 Dec 12

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Not one for science, huh?

Science in relation to what?

poetix 9:28 pm 22 Dec 12

screaming banshee said :

….I wouldn’t say relies on but it clearly permeates through most of our lives and expressions we grow up with would be difficult to stop using on the basis of atheism. As for the terms referencing christ as above, I associate them no more with their religious reference that I would calling someone a ‘see you next tuesday’ because they resemble female genitalia. In fact if I were to call someone the former I would have no interest in exposing any of my five senses to them which is quite the opposite for the latter.

Cunvulvaluted.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 7:10 pm 22 Dec 12

2604 said :

bundah said :

It would appear that faith and logical thought are mutually exclusive.

If you’re referring to faith in catastrophic climate change, faith in the effectiveness and justice of affirmative action, faith in higher taxes making the world a “fairer” place, and all the other nonsense that religion-hating, bed-wetting lefties believe in without a scrap of evidence or logic, I completely agree.

Not one for science, huh?

screaming banshee 7:00 pm 22 Dec 12

Masquara said :

Christmas is secular these days. And Christmas is Christmas. Everyone should say Merry Christmas to each other around this time. Along with Happy Hannukah. Christmas also serves to push the stultifying climate change conversation onto the back burner for a bit of blessed relief. Thank f*cking christ. (Amazing how an atheist relies on Christian culture, isn’t it? that’s two religious references made unawares, in two sentences. Hands up any atheists who never say “thank god!” None? Thought so!).

I wouldn’t say relies on but it clearly permeates through most of our lives and expressions we grow up with would be difficult to stop using on the basis of atheism. As for the terms referencing christ as above, I associate them no more with their religious reference that I would calling someone a ‘see you next tuesday’ because they resemble female genitalia. In fact if I were to call someone the former I would have no interest in exposing any of my five senses to them which is quite the opposite for the latter.

Having said that…top work Katy, religion has no place in politics.

Mr Evil 5:38 pm 22 Dec 12

I have to say that I actually agree with Katy on this one.

I kind of feel all dirty now……… 🙂

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