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.
Good to see our tax dollars allocated to private school funding are not causing any kind of division in our society.
Love the last para in the link – Stephen O’Doherty’s such an inspiration. I would love to hear the Christians’ version of the Horst Wessel sung loudly across the land too.
Whoops … I think I just invoked Godwin. 😦
Australians all let us rejoice
Our rivers are blue green
We’ve third world oil but no top soil
We killed the thylacine
We’ve squandered all of nature’s gifts
The land, the sea, the air
In history’s page we can’t assuage
The guilt we all must share
In joyful strains then let us sing
Advance Australia Fair
With the previous stanzas perhaps your last line should read
Retreat Australia Fair
On the plus side, at least they’re singing (a version of) Advance Australia Fair now. When I was in a private Christian high school, we were always made to sing God Save The Queen, years after AAF became the official national anthem. Used to drive me nuts. But yes … if you’re singing the anthem, then sing the real one.
Boundless plains to share does seem a bit rich at the moment, eh…
Maybe the Govt can legislate to change that as well…
BTW, Minor spelling error in the title… disreprespecting
Oops. Thanks, fixed.