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The Greens are once again trying to destroy Australia’s heritage.
Currently, the Senate working day opens with the Lord’s Prayer, preceded by the words:
“Almighty God, we humbly beseech Thee to vouchsafe Thy special blessing upon this Parliament, and that Thou wouldst be pleased to direct and prosper the work of Thy servants to the advancement of Thy glory, and to the true welfare of the people of Australia.”
However, a recent call by outgoing Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon to abolish prayers from the Senate has resulted in a parliamentary inquiry.
Senator Rhiannon wants the prayers deleted and replaced with:
“Senators, let us, in silence, pray or reflect upon our responsibilities to all people of Australia, and to future generations.”
It may be argued that this vague and vapid statement is designed to avoid causing offence and allow inclusivity in our modern, “diverse” society – except that we know better.
The Greens have a long track record on this topic. See below for more detail on this.
In the meantime, we must send a strong message that Australians want to keep prayer in our Federal Parliament!
So, we’ve made it incredibly simple to send in a submission.
Simply use the adjacent web-form to write your own – or use our template if you’re short on time.
Why should we fight to retain parliamentary prayers?
Whether or not you’re an active Christian, there are good reasons to defend this part of our heritage. For example:
- The Greens’ alternative to prayer will do little to remind politicians that they serve a purpose far larger than themselves – and that they are there to serve the “true welfare of the people of Australia”;
- Removing prayers from parliament is an attempt to undermine the foundations of Australia’s cultural heritage in much the same way as removing references to God from the Constitutional preamble would be; and
- Retaining prayers is an acknowledgement that Christian values (regardless of any individual’s personal faith) have forged this country and continue to serve as a moral compass for decision-making. Removing this daily reminder removes that guide.
The Greens have, in fact, been trying to remove prayers from the parliament since 1997 when then Greens senator Bob Brown caused an inquiry just like this one! Twenty-one years later, they are still trying to eradicate Christianity from public life.
Why are the Greens so hostile to the values that built this country and made it what it is today? In Senator Rhiannon’s case, we might look to her past as an active Communist for an answer.
Also, after being dumped by her own party from the top (i.e. winnable) position on the NSW Senate ticket for the coming federal election, Rhiannon has announced her impending resignation in mid-August.
It would seem, therefore, that this final attack on parliamentary prayers is something of a parting gift – a “legacy”.
Submission close Friday 3rd of August. Let’s send a strong message that Australians want to keep prayer in our Federal Parliament!
Thank you for standing up for our Christian heritage.