Let’s not deny our Christian roots, by Kevin Donnelly.
Civil Liberties Australia, in its submission to the Senate inquiry on freedom of religion, argues Australia is not a Christian country on the basis that “it is not correct in law and in fact is directly contradicted by the Constitution”.
The reality proves otherwise: although Australia is a secular society, where there is a division between church and state, to deny the significance of Christianity is to deny the nation’s heritage and culture and to ignore what underpins our political and legal systems. …
Concepts such as free will, the sanctity of life and a commitment to the common good are very much influenced by the New Testament. The admonition “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself”, while not always adhered to, underpins civility, tolerance and respect for others.
While a commitment to natural justice and liberty owes much to the Enlightenment, as argued by Larry Siedentop in Inventing the Individual, equally influential is the Bible’s statement, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Compare that to say Islam, which advocates fundamentally different treatment of Muslims and non-Muslims. Different philosophy, vastly different outcomes.
Christian charity and God’s commandment to serve others also helps explain why Christian-inspired or Christian-managed health, education, welfare and charitable groups and organisations are an essential part of Australia’s social fabric.
As TS Eliot contends in “Notes Towards a Definition of Culture,” to deny Christianity is also to deny much of the art, literature and music that Australia has inherited from Western civilisation. …
Trendy leftist denial of reality and special treatment for their mascots:
At the same time cultural-left groups such as Civil Liberties Australia seek to deny the nation’s Christian heritage, they argue we must acknowledge indigenous cultural beliefs and history — but if the latter must be respected and recognised, so must the former.
hat-tip Stephen Neil