Prime Minister Scott Morrison is prioritising his religious freedom bills over the environmental catastrophes destroying our country, writes Noely Neate.
WHILE AUSTRALIA was burning and people in Sydney were getting an even bigger taste of what other Australians in regional areas have been living with for months now, our Prime Minister addressed the nation.
Not about a climate emergency.
Not about a bushfire emergency.
Not about a health emergency.
Instead, Scott Morrison addressed that urgent need to protect the right for religious folk to discriminate — discriminate further, that is.
Even the usually fawning journalists at major publications who normally praise the PM and his so-called mastery of the “game of politics” were struggling to find anything positive to say. To be fair, they were also probably struggling to breathe or work on a phone sitting on the kerb due to a smoke alarm-induced building evacuation.
I won’t go into how utterly tone-deaf and, to be quite frank, offensive that press conference was in my opinion. Plenty of others on social media, even mainstream media, are questioning this move. Though, of course, many will focus on the “choice of timing as a political strategy” instead of the reality and ramifications of this announcement as, sadly, too many just can’t think/write/speak of politics outside that “game” prism. I want to discuss these so-called “religious freedom bills” — note there are more than one.
Yes, our Prime Minister and Government cannot accept and address climate change and the ramifications of it, even when faced with scientific proof, but can urgently address an issue of little consequence propped up by a belief that has no scientific, or any, evidence backing it up.
The PM trumpeted, “This is a bill for all Australians”. Actually, it is not. It is a bill to allow religious Australians to legally discriminate against other Australians, the majority of Australians that may not belong to your particular religious club.
The PM even went so far as to state, emphatically, of course, believing his own lies, “Australia is a country of respect and of tolerance".
I do think Australians are pretty much an apathetic sort of human, more the “you leave me alone and don’t shove anything down my throat and I’ll leave you alone” types. This bill does the opposite of that ethos. Worse, it seems somewhat anti-religious.
Most religions at their base, have “do unto others as you would have done unto you” or “love everyone” type vibes. I know quite a few of these types, so as not to offend them I will distinguish between those of faith who are truly kind, caring and loving of all their preferred entity's children and those who use their religious belief like a weapon to actively discriminate against “others”, profit off people’s misery and at every turn seek to dictate their beliefs upon others.
The latter group I call the “God Squad”. Sadly, these types are the ones in government, giving true people of faith a bad name, most of them so-called Christians (and I use that term loosely).