Ben Peek (benpeek) wrote,
Ben Peek
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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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