He’s done it AGAIN! What does Abbott have to do to make people wake up to the fact this man is NOT Prime Ministerial material?
As if all the videos on YouTube of him avoiding journalists, or his terrible performance when Leigh Sales interviewed him, or his lack of knowledge of things he SHOULD know about such as President Obama’s State of the Union address isn’t enough, he has made two major gaffs in the last week alone.
First there was the “We will always speak with a strong Australian accent” rubbish. I don’t consider this at all racist as some people suggested. I believe his intention was to sound “Australian”. He didn’t. It was just a stupid thing to say when many of the Liberal Party’s own candidates don’t speak with an Australian accent. It implies to all Australians that don’t speak with an Australian accent (and there are many, many, many of those) that they are some how not quite Australian in Abbott’s eyes (or ears). Yet THIS man wants to be the leader of our nation? UnAustralian attitude!
I have been accused of spinning his words. I’m not. I am well aware of his intention, which is clearly reported in the article linked to above. The issue is many Australians would not hear his intention re inter-party tussles. What people hear is “Abbott does not see me as Australian”. That is why it is a stupid thing to say in THIS country! I do not believe the context of the quote is even remotely relevant and I do not believe I am being malicious, as I have been charged. I firmly believe it was a stupid thing to say no matter what the cause or intent. It was a statement that can be and will be misconstrued and therefore drags down not only the Liberal Party but also Australia.
A mere five days later he made matters even worse!
“I think it would be impossible to have a good general education without at least some serious familiarity with the Bible and with the teachings of Christianity.”
Now, this question of religion in schools has had considerable coverage lately. The article I like the best out of all the ones I read last week is the one by Chrys Stevenson, “Q&A: Plibersek strangely unconvinced about creationism in the classroom“. The article is a wonderful summation of the situation. Do yourself a favour and go read it!
Last night, when I heard of this nonsense I tweeted my horror, as you can see above. The responses clearly indicated I was far from the only one reeling in horror at this nonsense. @TaodeHaas tweeted, “OMG I’m suffering from motion sickness right now I am feeling as if I am being hurdled (sic) back hundreds of years, UNBELIEVABLE!“
There are far better options for the curriculum.
- Replace religion with Ethics and Cultural Intelligence classes. These classes should be compulsory in private religious schools as well.
- Teach ALL religions as part of the Social Sciences or literature to enhance cultural intelligence.
I was shocked to learn some religious group had weaselled their way into schools under the guise of teaching grooming and deportment.
Australia is a secular country. We have many religions here other than Christianity, including a fair number of atheists (myself included). Abbott’s attitude is UnAustralian! While I am happy to have children taught the CONCEPTS of ALL religions, I am NOT happy to have schools trying to convert kids. Religion is a private matter. My taxes are NOT to go to brainwash 5 year-olds into believing in a mythical creature used to subjugate innocent people for centuries. If you dislike my use of the term “brainwash” I suggest you watch Dave Allen (link below) and watch out for the burnt finger bit.
Open your eyes, Australia. Open your eyes Liberal Party members. This man will be a very dangerous Prime Minister for Australia. For goodness sake, find a new leader NOW!
Abbott doesn’t even understand the basic Liberal Party principles!
In short, we simply believe in individual freedom and free enterprise; and if you share this belief, then ours is the Party for you.
Don’t tell me you believe in individual freedom, but want to force our kids to receive Bible lessons! Contradiction!
My biggest problem personally? I am left with no party I can vote for in all good conscience. The Labour Party trampled on my civil rights while in government, yet I KNOW if the Liberal Party had been in power they would have buried my civil rights, despite the principles above!
So who the hell do I vote for in the coming election?
- Dave Allen on Religion
- Where are the REAL Liberals?
- I will not be renewing my Liberal Party membership
- What is it with religion and women?
- Sexism, misogyny and gender equality