Australian Census 2011

Or, “Why ‘Jedi Knight’ is no longer the best option for an answer to the religion section of the census.” (Sorry guys, I know that’s going to come as a disappointment).

Not religious now? Mark ‘no religion’ and take religion out of politics.

I think it’s bizarre that some people seem to truly believe that Australian politics are not unduly influenced by religion. It continues to baffle me that the majority of Australians support gay marriage, and yet neither major political party wants to touch the issue (and they’re usually so good at popularist pandering! You’d think this would be an easy choice for them). It’s strange that  religion is so ingrained in our culture that having unqualified religious chaplains (funded by the government) in public schools is seen to be ‘normal’.

Sometimes I feel like I am a minor character in a science-fiction novel and the Earth is a strange and alien planet that I am visiting for the very first time.

That’s my thought for today.










4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. James
    Jul 24, 2011 @ 23:35:36

    And a great thought at that..


  2. James
    Jul 24, 2011 @ 23:53:55

    Should clarify, meant the religion in schools bit. They should only ever be in co-curricular classes for students or the domain of specialist schools. As much for cultural influences as enforced belief systems; christian ideology in schools undermines Australia’s multicultural make-up. But a lot of public schools are secular only in name.


  3. K
    Jul 25, 2011 @ 09:01:40

    I was at my parents’ place on saturday, and amidst many fun politics etc. discussions the census came up, with Dad and I uniting forces to explain to Zinny why choosing Jedi Knight is a very bad idea. Hopefully she understands better now. 🙂


  4. Nick Vaccari
    Jul 27, 2011 @ 19:40:21

    I wouldn’t call you a minor character!


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