No religious test

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  1. This is funny, and becoming more and more relevant here in Australia. Danny Niallah from “Catch The Fire Ministries” yesterday announced that he had started a political party called The Rise Up Australia Party(http://riseupaustraliaparty.com/). The nutbaggery coming from his group is apparent when one looks at this commentary of his party:
    http://furiouspurpose.me/2011/06/06/keep-australia-australian/
    and
    http://consciencevote.wordpress.com/2011/06/06/a-close-look-at-the-rise-up-australia-party/

    I wonder what the Australian constitution thinks of this rise in religiously based political movements given the implications of section 116 which reads:
    “The Commonwealth shall not make any law for establishing any religion, or for imposing any religious observance, or for prohibiting the free exercise of any religion, and no religious test shall be required as a qualification for any office or public trust under the Commonwealth.”

  2. Cease from the pessimism, Mr. Galeano. All is not lost. You could start by getting in with a bunch that doesn’t have a critical thinking problem. Take Mr. Pribble, for example. He gets as far as S.116, and quotes it for some purpose lost on me, whilst the best legal minds in the world draw back from drawing any clear-cut conclusion on that Section. WIKIPEDIA allows as much, if my reading of their article on the Aus. Constitution is up-to-date and correct.

    Learn to think critically, Socrates, not just about S. 116, but about EVERYTHING. Now where have I seen that?

    O.K, Soc.: Why in the name of all these queer greek gods would a bunch of statesmen, soldiers, founding fathers, and heroes, spread throughout history, none of whom wished to be known as virulently anti-christian and many of whom publicly owned personal Christianity, suddenly decide that it was to be written into our national guide and rulebook that the Commonwealth was to disallow anything based upon said Christianity and the Bible, in terms of technically correct policy and decision making?

    Maybe the lawyers, as WIKIPEDIA mentioned,who aren’t clear on the precise meaning intended here, have learned to think critically? Maybe people such as Pr. Danny Nalliah and the RISE UP AUSTRALIA PARTY, likewise, show signs of tninking crirically?

    Report back to me, when someone figures out what the ancestors and founders of the nation were on about.. Before doing so, it might be a good idea to check through the comments on the CONSCIENCE VOTE handily linked to in Mr. Pribble’s comment. Regards, Philip Heywood.

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