You might have noticed that I have refrained from posting anything about the upcoming election. I am extremely reluctant to voice a public opinion, because I believe in the right of each individual to choose for themselves. This post is not intended to convince you to vote one way or another. But I do want to share some information that you might want to consider.
There are some things I like about official Labor policies:
– Their stated intention of increasing overseas aid.
– Their stated intention to do more to protect the environment (although I am not convinced that all their policies in this direction make sense).
– Their concern for the poor and the marginalised.
However, there are four issues that deeply concern me as a Christian. Ian Powell posted a similar list recently and I want to add my voice of concern.
1. Labor’s stated intention to make abortion easier and more accessible. Some of their statements over the last few years have indicated their strong belief in the right of mothers to kill their unborn children.
2. Labor’s commitment to removing the exemption clause to the anti-discrimination act. That exemption clause is crucial, because it currently allows religious organisations to select prospective employees on the basis of their religious beliefs. Over the last few years, Labor have consistently stated their aim to remove that exemption clause. This would mean that Christian schools, churches and other religious organisations would no longer be allowed to insist that employees share their Christian beliefs and values.
3. Labor’s ongoing push towards legitimising and normalising the LGBTQI movement. In recent years they have strongly endorsed the “Safe Schools” curriculum, which is a thinly veiled attempt to normalise sexuality that is contrary to biblical values. I have investigated this curriculum in detail, and it is shocking. In this curriculum, students in years 7 and 8 are asked to role play being in a same sex relationship, and they are directed towards the “Minus18” website which blatantly endorses and encourages under-age children (hence “Minus18”) to consider homosexuality as a desirable lifestyle. The relevant Labor shadow-ministers have, over the last few years, indicated a strong desire to promote and accelerate this kind of sex education within our school system.
4. Freedom of speech. Over the last few years, Labor have expressed a consistent desire to strengthen existing anti-discrimination laws and introduce a Federal set of laws limiting our ability to express diverse opinions on matters of religion and morality. (Currently anti-discrimination laws are a state matter, not Federal). Already in Tasmania, in the lead up to the same sex marriage plebiscite, two baptist ministers and an Anglican minister were hauled before the anti-discrimination tribunal for preaching IN THEIR OWN CHURCHES that the Bible teaches that marriage is only between a man and a woman. If you have taken note of ministerial comments by Federal Labor politicians in recent years, you will be aware of Labor’s determination to completely shut down this kind of freedom of speech which opposes their own humanistic / secular agenda.
LET ME BE CLEAR. I have been a swing voter for most of my life. In fact, I have probably voted for Labor more than Liberal or any other party over the years. But I can no longer, in good conscience, vote for the Labor Party. While some of their economic policies have some merit, I cannot ignore their overwhelming agenda of secular humanism which makes them untenable to me as a Christian.
BE AWARE. I believe we are living at the cusp of the biggest social change in the history of our young nation; a revolution that is radically re-shaping our views on family, sexuality, morality and freedom of speech. And Labor have a clearly stated agenda to accelerate us down that pathway – a pathway that is leading us further away from the values and ethics of the Bible.
I am not saying I will necessarily vote Liberal at this election. I may do so, but I am still considering all the options, including the several Christian minority parties. Nor am I trying to tell you how to vote. But I do think that you should consider the moral, ethical, religious and social policies of political parties, and not just their economic ones.
There. I’ve had my say. Over to you.