Monday, July 02, 2018

Horrible Trotskyite, Lee Rhiannon, moves to scrap 'archaic' Lord's prayer in Australian Senate sittings

The Lord’s prayer would be abolished from the start of Senate sittings and replaced by a statement that includes religious and non-religious beliefs, under a push instigated by the Greens.

On Wednesday the Greens senator Lee Rhiannon will move a motion for a Senate inquiry into the proposed alternative: “Senators, let us in silence pray or reflect upon our responsibilities to all people of Australia and to future generations.”

The move is supported in a letter signed by progressive religious leaders including Fr Rod Bower, of the Anglican parish of Gosford, the reverend Margaret Mayman, of Pitt St Uniting church, and rabbi Jeffrey Kamins of the Temple Emanuel at Woollahra.

Guardian Australia understands the Greens believe they have enough support to set up an inquiry. Senators Stirling Griff and Rex Patrick confirmed Centre Alliance will support the motion, although Patrick noted this is “not the same thing as supporting replacing the prayer”.

Griff suggested the alternative prayer “ensures the moment is more relevant and personal for the individual”.

Senate sittings begin with the Lord’s prayer, a Christian prayer including the words “our father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name”.

Rhiannon said the statement that opens parliament “should be inclusive of people of all beliefs and faiths”.

“The Greens are suggesting the proposed new opening statement be referred to the Senate’s procedure committee for a public inquiry that better reflects the secular nature of our country and our parliament,” she said.

“A secular nation like Australia should be free from religious bias and not impose religious influence on citizens or parliamentarians.



Spurwing Plover the fighting shorebird said...

And they will want it replaced with Prayers to Gaia knowing these back to nature wackos who have never seen nature close up and personal

Anonymous said...

Holy Cow - I am stunned to find that there is one thing Senator Rhiannon and I agree on.
The recitation of the Lord's Prayer in opening Senate sessions is inconsistent with Australia's place as a modern, secular, and multicultural and multi-faith society.
A moment of personal prayer or reflection is perfectly appropriate.
One would think a website which supports the principles of the First Amendment would agree that a non-denominational opening is appropriate.