We still can’t see any footage of last night’s expensive but secretive effort by the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader to promise to use their almost 100% control of the House of Representatives to pander to an extremist sect of “Christians”, the ACL, at the expense of non-Christians’ basic rights, but we can read an ABC report about it:
Catholic Archbishop George Pell told the virtual audience he was concerned about the Greens gaining the balance of power in the next Senate.
“Their program is explicitly anti-Christian,” he said.
If you don’t agree with enforcing our subsect’s dogma on all Australians, you are “anti-Christian”!
Ironically, the Greens’ platform of providing decent services to the poor, opposing the oppression of the weak by the powerful, of treating refugees humanely, of looking after what Pell would describe as “God’s creation”, of opposing unnecessary wars, would seem to me to be more compatible with the Gospels than anything from Labor or the LNP. The vast majority of the stuff Jesus is actually recorded talking about fits much more closely with the Greens’ policy platform than anything offered by the big old parties. You know – ethical policy that treats people fairly, as opposed to policy that’s about forcing someone’s religious dogma down everyone else’s throat. (And demanding that they pay for it.)
Which is why Pell is annoyed. Because the Greens don’t agree with him that government should continue to discriminate against gays, take over women’s bodies, implement censorship laws that put children at risk, or rob the suffering terminally ill of the right to choose when they pass on. By “anti-Christian”, Pell means that the Greens won’t pander to him.
And every time somebody criticises George Pell or doesn’t give him what he wants, an angel dies.