Australian troops in Afghanistan and Iraq have fought and died for the Australian national anthem, and yet back here, far from any war zone, fanatical right-wing unpatriotic “Christian” zealots are busy changing the words and indoctrinating vulnerable kids with their un-Australian agenda:
THOUSANDS of schoolchildren are being forced to sing an alternate version of the Australian national anthem that installs “Christ” as the country’s head of state and removes any reference to the Southern Cross.
In a move that outraged parents’ groups have labelled “disrespectful”, some 50 Christian schools of mixed denominations have replaced the second verse of Advance Australia Fair with the lyrics, which begin, “With Christ our head and cornerstone, we’ll build our nation’s might”, for school assembly renditions.
Our diggers must be rolling around in their graves. As Jim Wallace might say – “Just hope that as we remember Servicemen and women we remember the Australian national anthem they fought for – wasn’t a bad religious parody!”
Other rightwingers are angry that their supposed allies didn’t take the opportunity to remove the inconvenient “boundless plains to share” bit.
UPDATE: After a psychologist announced research indicating that monogamy is “not natural”, fears are high that the Australian Christian Lobby will start campaigning against it. Long being at war with things that are “not natural” (from IVF to homosexuality), the fundamentalists are expected to turn on monogamy and marriage for being some sort of a modern social construction.
Jim Wallace could announce his “defend traditional infidelity” campaign any moment.