The more I think about it the more i am convinced there should be a clear ban on political parties in Australian Federal and State Politics with a religious background NO new islamic parties of family first parties With the emergence of multiculturism as a significant australian population base of many religions wee should be careful A Clear division between politics and religion is needed, .All of thge wars are religious based and we dont need them in Australia. The Christian Prayer at the opening of Federal Parliment should also be replaced with a simple and neutral "we shall now pray to God"
[ i think that it would be a violation of individual rights to ban such parties. there are specific requirements any party must meet in order to register. if there are enough individuals to put a single issue party together, then so be it. i might not like their views, but there is no difference between, say, a green party and a christian party.
you cannot separate religion and politics. politics deals with moral issues as well as practical ones. a person's religion, if they are religious, informs their moral positions, whether they are in a "religious" party or not. and a non-religious person has their own philosophy to inform their moral positions.
governments don't have the right to limit what a person cares about.
a christian prayer at the start, however, is stupid - not all parliamentarians are christians - but "we shall now pray to god" is not neutral either - i'm sure there are some agnostics and atheists in the mix.
how about an undertaking to represent the people who elected them to the best of their ability
The opening prayer in federal parliment mentioms " GOD "
It already is nuetral , it does not mention jesus or any religion
It justs asks for GODS blessings
The word GOD is exactly the same word as Allah in arabic , muslims are happy to use either as they mean exactly the same thing
Muslims would have a problem if the prayer was made to JESUS