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post election observation.

in the last couple of days since the election, i've been a little disturbed to note the emergence of the religious right, in the form of the family first party. now, after touring through their site and having a look around, i don't actually think that the party is much different than that of the coalition or labor. they even state that they plan to keep god out of it, but i've got to admit that my non-voter stand is taking a bit of a look around, and saying, "but they're a religious right party?"

god, as they say, is in the details.

now, few things piss me off more than religious stupidity, which is nearly always found in the religious right. witness, for example, the denial of basic rights to homosexuals. the stupidity lurks in the bones. it's in the fingers that clutch pens and scrawl signatures.

before the election, i hadn't heard much of family first, and australian politics isn't much for preaching the word of god in any of the parties. religion is there, naturally. you could see it when the coalition pushed through a bill to make gay marriage illegal (and labor supported it) but it's just the mark of your general conservatism. it's two puppets speaking. yet, family first doesn't (didn't?) have a strong presence in sydney, so i must admit to being somewhat dismissive of them even when they were listed as bedmates for howard. but i can't help but note that now, it appears, that after their strong showing in this election, family first may indeed hold the balance of power in the senate.

this does not please me.

time will reveal how the next election plays for me.

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bodhichitta0
Oct. 11th, 2004 07:07 am (UTC)
The religious right lives with the absolute certainty that if Jesus were alive today He would spend all of His time with them and their righteous holiness. Because they have the power, money and the intolerance, and He spent a lot of time with those folks last time He came 'round.

I always get facetious when I haven't had much sleep.
benpeek
Oct. 11th, 2004 04:20 pm (UTC)
shhh. jesus might hear.
bodhichitta0
Oct. 12th, 2004 06:12 am (UTC)
He doesn't scare me at all. It's His alleged "followers" that terrify me. :-p
miss_jessi
Oct. 11th, 2004 02:15 pm (UTC)
sorry to come off as so random, but i came across your site and i've been reading it and i've came to the conclussion that you are a very interesting person.
- Jessi
benpeek
Oct. 11th, 2004 04:18 pm (UTC)
thank you.

i'm sure this'll change once you've been round for a while ;) but that's a lovely thing to say, thanks. and welcome.
miss_jessi
Oct. 11th, 2004 05:01 pm (UTC)
no problem :)
my instant message is missjessi219 if you'd ever like to chat.
- jessi
benpeek
Oct. 12th, 2004 03:45 am (UTC)
cool. i don't use chat devices much these days, cause i'm a bit snowed with work, but feel free to add mine (it's in the userinfo).
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