The fact that government gives any privileged treatment for religion in 2011, rather than leaving them to compete in the hallowed marketplace of ideas on their own merits, obviously annoys many of us.
Hence the many suggestions you’ll have seen around the internet for what to put in the “religion” box on the Census tonight:
- Ceiling Cat
- The Flying Spaghetti Monster/Pastafarianism
- Lord Cthulu
- HOUSING THE BLOODY HOMELESS
But there’s another option – a better option, that will result in your lack of religion actually being meaningfully counted: simply tick the “no religion” box. Instead of your response being dismissed as silly kids playing silly pranks (and increasing the share of the actual religions), you’ll be counted as one of the many Australians who will probably not appreciate government giving religions special privileges over the rest of us.
- Continuing to enshrine discrimination in the Marriage Act;
- Making significant exceptions to anti-discrimination protections so that business can sack workers on the grounds of gender, marital status, sexuality and so on;
- Funding school chaplains instead of trained counsellors;
- Funding religious indoctrination classes instead of impartial education about the world’s religions, and/or ethics classes.
The above happens largely because of all the people who tick “Christian” or a particular denomination just because it’s the one in which they were raised, even though they have little contact with it in their daily lives and certainly do not endorse what is put on their behalf by those like the Australian “Christian” Lobby.
Just like your vote, your census form is powerful. Please don’t waste it.