|Our bigoted Australian Democrats|
by Bill Muehlenberg
Many people would be aware of a survey the Democrats launched several months ago to look at the role of religion in politics. Of course, given the secular bias of the Democrats, the real purpose of this “survey” was not to see what people really think on the matter, but simply to get ammunition to continue pushing their anti-religious bigotry.
In fact, in the “God and Government: tell us what you think!” survey they stated this right up front: “The Australian Democrats say the neo-conservative religious right—much of it with roots in the US—is having a disproportionate influence on public policy.”
They continue, “while we support freedom of religious observance we do not consider that religion should have undue influence on the governance of Australian citizens and nor do we support the exploitation of religion and religious difference for political purposes.”
And the Democrats complain, “Conservative religious organisations appear more influential in the major political parties and are investing their considerable resources into electing their own candidates.”
These and other statements make it clear they really do not mind religion so much, especially if it is the liberal, trendy left-wing variety that pushes every radical cause, but is silent on the biblical gospel. What the Democrats can’t stand are believers who take the Bible seriously, and believe its dictates do have something to say about issues like marriage, family and abortion, among other things. Religion that is secular and radical seems to be fine for the Democrats, as long as we can keep those Bible-believing Christians out of politics altogether.
And the way the questions were framed is indicative of the predetermined outcome they were looking for. The whole tenor of the survey was geared to get a desired result: that religion should have nothing to do with political life, and it is always a bad thing when it does.
Consider just three of the 23 questions. “Do you think that politicians who have strong religious beliefs should try to use the political system to turn their religious beliefs into law?” “Do you think that religious leaders/churches/houses of worship should try to influence government decisions on issues?” “In the last 10 years, do you think that political leaders in Australia have used religion for their own political purposes?”
These questions are as misleading as they are biased. The truth is, every politician brings beliefs and values to bear on political issues. It is impossible not to. Values are being promoted all the time in the public arena. What the Democrats don’t like is when those values happen to be conservative and Bible-based. Evidently secular and leftist values are just fine, and those are exactly the values that the Democrats are imposing on all of us.
Thus this whole exercise was just another example of the Democrat’s left-wing, anti-religious bigotry. Or more specifically, of their anti-Christian bigotry.
However in the end the Democrats got a big surprise. People took their survey seriously and many filled it in. Instead of the usual 1,000 responses, they received over 40,000! And the Democrats were not happy with the results. Evidently the overwhelming majority of respondents were in favour of religion in general and religious values in the public arena in particular. Much to the consternation of the Democrats, they got the opposite result of what they were hoping for.
The icing on the cake of this whole story comes from a short item now on the Democrats web site. It reads in full:
Thank you to all of those who have completed our online survey and shared their views with us. The response has been very interesting and has informed our thoughts on this complex topic.
Furthermore, respondees were self-selected rather than chosen at random. This means the survey, despite its 40,000 returns, is unlikely to be representative of the broad population. Indeed we understand it was widely promoted in ways likely to have skewed the results— in itself an interesting development in debate about the influence of the churches over matters of state!
Again thanks for taking the time to respond.
Amazing! And for a number of reasons. One, I dare say if they had received the secularist response they were looking for, they would have fully published and promoted the results, claiming Australians wanted a complete separation of church and state. But because they did not get the outcome there were looking for, they simply refused to release the results.
Second, why conduct a survey in the first place if you will only print the results if they are what you are looking for? Why bother? Why make the pretence of disinterested impartiality?
Third, they would have been quite happy to claim this was a reliable and accurate assessment of community feelings, had the results gone their way. But now they back pedal, claiming such surveys are not at all reliable and should be dismissed anyway.
Fourth, it is obvious that the overwhelming majority of Australians are religious and think that religion is important. And they think it is important in every area of life, not just in the private sphere. This should come as no surprise to the Democrats. Such information has long been available, whether from our census or other means.
Fifth, as mentioned before, it is really not so much religion as a whole the Democrats despise, just conservative, Biblical religion. They are quite happy with watered-down, liberal varieties of religion. And the best proof of this is the fact that the Democrats used to have a minister of religion as one of their Senators. John Woodley from Queensland was a Democratic Senator from 1993 to 2001. He was also a UnitingChurch minister. Of course much of the UnitingChurch has long ago abandoned any semblance of biblical Christianity. Thus Woodley was a champion of special rights for homosexuals and other trendy (and anti-biblical) causes. Strange, but the Democrats did not then object that Woodley’s “religion should have undue influence on the governance of Australian citizens”.
Sixth, the whole premise of the Democrats reasoning here, that religion (at least conservative religion), should have nothing to do with politics or governance, is simply false. All government and law is based on belief systems, values and worldviews. If religious values do not inform the debate, then other values will. And given that the majority of Australians are religious, we would expect to see these religious concerns reflected in our politicians, policies and legislation.
Seventh and finally, this exercise simply shows how out of touch and radical the Democrats are. They appeal only to a minority of secularists, leftists and extremists living in Australia, but certainly not to the mainstream population.
This exercise has backfired in their faces big time. They surely did not get what they were looking for. To put it in religious jargon, what they intended for evil, God turned around for good, as in the story of Joseph (Genesis 50:20). I dare say it will be quite a while before the Democrats try to pull a stunt like this again. Indeed, I wonder whether the Democrats will be around for much longer, to be able to try such stunts. It seems their days are numbered. Their own survey results are effectively telling them this.
Finally, two last questions. Just which bastards really need to be kept honest here? And, just how democratic are the Democrats?
This article first appeared on Bill’s Culture Watch website www.billmuehlenberg.com and is republished by permission.