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.