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Upper House Ignores Constitution on Prayer

If you have some free time over the weekend, you may wish to review the Constitution of Australia. And then pass on the following snippet to the Senate: ‘The Commonwealth shall not make any law for establishing any religion, or for imposing any religious observance…’

While The Australian Tribune stands firmly behind religious freedom, we believe religion has no place in government. And it’s hard to reconcile mandating the Lord’s Prayer with the Constitutional edict that government shall not make any law ‘imposing any religious observance’.

Nonetheless, those wishing to keep the prayer apparently felt more strongly about the issue than those wishing to relegate it to the history books. And the Lord’s Prayer is set to continue in the Senate after an inquiry found there was no reason to adopt a Greens push to change it.

The upper house’s procedure committee found not much had changed since 1997 when the proposal was last floated, with the vast majority of more than 800 submissions to the inquiry opposing the move.

Greens leader Richard Di Natale said the prayer was inappropriate because half of Australia no longer identified as Christian.

We make it very clear that this is a country where there is separation between church and state,’ Senator Di Natale told parliament on Thursday.

But the inquiry found people in favour of the prayer strongly favour its retention, while those opposed were less concerned to see it changed.

The committee does not consider, on the evidence before it and after its own deliberations, that there is a momentum for change,’ Labor senator Sue Lines said in her report.

But the committee did note senators could be invited to pray or reflect in their own way on your responsibilities to the people of Australia and to future generations during the traditional prayer.

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Comments: 3

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  1. “mandating the Lord’s Prayer” – is it actually a law though? Seems like you’re attacking a strawman.

    That edict was put in place to prevent conflict between Protestants and Catholics, not to remove religion from the public space or Parliament. You should actually discuss the original intent of the edict.

  2. The letter kills (including the Lords prayer), but the Spirit gives life – 2 Corinthians 3:6. The politicians are praying dead words because they do not know the Spirit of God. They are praying judgement on themselves. Better not to say anything.

  3. Another meaningless foray by the Greens who to all intents and purposes represent about 7% of the population. If they could actually come up with a meaningful idea we would all be more inclined to listen to their prattle.