The Problem of Separating the Church from the State


A few days ago, former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who was revealed to have served in multiple ministries simultaneously, changed his pronouns to the plural “they” and “they” after holding so many offices. Some people said a few days ago that they should. Even the rest of his fans would probably agree, so it’s not a bad joke.

But most of the others in the saga are witty and kind. You will also be presented with various questions. Did anyone else attend this private swearing-in ceremony? Did the ex-Prime Minister pay himself multiple salaries? Did he act treasonous or treasonous in any way? Did you intervene to stop a threat to

According to the Left and its supporters, the answer to the last question is a resounding yes. However, it is generally agreed that a formal inquiry into the situation will expose the former prime minister’s wrongdoing, although it has passed in relative silence.

However, the current Prime Minister is still giving a dark talk about the situation.

We all know Morrison was already putting pressure on the Constitution. Not by underwriting an additional portfolio, but by taking the extraordinary step of creating a national cabinet of state premiers to run the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. It should be noted that no one on the left complained about it.

Likewise, we need to understand that Prime Minister Morrison is not the first prime minister to challenge the idea of ​​how a ministry portfolio system works.

Some readers will recall how former Labor Prime Minister Gough Whitlam shared ministries with Deputy Minister Lance Bernard after the 1972 election. The two ran the country in fiat currency for several weeks until a full cabinet was elected.

Far from being condemned by the left, such innovative boldness was generally admired. Even if we hadn’t voted for him, we all kind of got talking about reading the daily edict. Everything was done to appeal to young people and progressive people who are still looking forward to changing for themselves.

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Now, New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrotet is in the spotlight. Certainly not without good reason: consistency as to why the Aboriginal flag is there instead of the state flag, not to mention his response to a question about the absurd cost of the Aboriginal flag on the Sydney Harbor Bridge. Not to mention the lack of his supporters.

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The Aboriginal flag is seen alongside the Australian flag above the Harbor Bridge in Sydney, Australia, January 26, 2022. (Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

Likewise, he seems to go AWOL fairly consistently on many of the issues that deeply plague conservatives. The epidemic of sexual “fluidity” among schoolchildren, the ever-accelerating growth of the Indigenous rights industry, the flawed history, the lack of content in the social sciences in schools. Where is this young Christian family man when his state needs him?

Here is the heart of the matter. Perrottet and Morrison have something in common. They practice and believe in Christianity. There can be no doubt. Personal Faith openly and fearlessly. They belong to different denominations within Christianity: Morrison is a Pentecostal Protestant, and Perrotet is a Catholic.

A few generations ago, that may not have been entirely true, but the gap between Protestants and Catholics is now all but closed, and Christians of all colors are increasingly indifferent or hostile to their values. .

John F. Kennedy would never have become President of the United States if he could not persuade voters not to allow his religion to interfere in public policy. Of course, not everyone thinks like that, but in a way, a kind of corruption set in. Christian politicians, especially in Australia, have learned to keep their opinions to themselves.

Some argue that their neutrality is true to the gospel. After all, didn’t Christ say, “Be wise as serpents and harmless as doves”? But fairness and moral neutrality can easily turn into ambition.

Few seriously doubt that Australia’s “legacy” media is left-leaning. Notoriously, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation has no right-wing reporters or commentators. Most are on the left side. Australians manage to maintain a reasonable balance, while other major newspapers such as the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age present a thoroughly ‘progressive’ interpretation in all their reporting. You can always rely on it.

Right-wing politicians must contend with it, and the temptation to remain silent about their less popular beliefs must be almost overwhelmed.

Believers claim that only God knows the secrets of our hearts, and it would be arrogant and foolish for any of us to throw the first stone at an individual.

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Former Prime Minister Scott Morrison and former Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack attend the Houses of Parliament service at St Christopher’s Catholic Cathedral in Canberra, Australia February 2, 2021. (Dominic Lorimer) /Pool/Getty Images)

Is it worth silencing our own beliefs?

It has very strong arguments that could persuade politicians to persuade Christians in Australia, and his silence on certain controversial issues has been, for example, a victory in an election against an amoral opponent of Christianity. It may be a reasonable price to pay for. But the political benefits are dangerous territory.

“It is good for one man to die for the people,” said Caiaphas, which has always been condemned by ethical thinkers alike, Christian and agnostic.

Perrottet will likely suffer the same fate as Morrison. He is stalked, bullied and demonized by the unsympathetic leftist media.

Is it wiser for Christians and those who aspire to public office but who have firmly conservative views on moral issues to declare their views openly and uncompromisingly? If so, will there be fewer Christians among our leaders, or would we be surprised to find more?

no one can answer that. I wish we had heroes like Bishop von Gallen of Münster among our leaders. He boldly spoke out against the evil policies of the Nazis throughout the war, but even Hitler dared not touch him.

Views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The Epoch Times.

David Daintree


David Daintree is Director of the Christopher Dawson Center for Cultural Studies in Tasmania, Australia. He has a classical background and teaches late and medieval Latin. Daintree was a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Siena and Venice and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Manitoba. From his 2008 he served as Chancellor of Campion College until 2012. In 2017, he was made a member of the Order of Australia on the Queen’s Birthday Honors List.