Ok, this Chaplaincy Program in schools has been a nagging irritation to me for years.
It’s a nasty bit of pork barrelling from both sides of politics and I’ve always found the underlying rationalisation that you need religion to have “values” particularly offensive.
The worst of it is that the government is pumping millions… no wait, tens of millions,…. no hold on… hundreds of millions of dollars into the pockets of wacko fundamentalist Christian groups who are lapping up the opportunity to proselytize to helpless kids at the taxpayer’s expense.
But wait there’s more.
There’s obviously no place in a decent secular society for this kind of Government endorsement of one brand of religion. It turns out our beloved Constitution agrees. And the High Court has ruled it so. Twice.
So rather than taking the opportunity to restore sanity (“Sorry guys, we’d love to keep bankrolling your little scam, but, you know… The Constitution. Party’s over.”) our piss weak politicians proceed to “fix” the problem with further unconstitutional legislation.
If you find it unacceptable too, it’s time to put your money where your mouth is and back this guy with a few dollars. At least someone’s trying to avoid us drifting into a [shudder] American style theocracy.