We the people have big questions about life, death, eternity, morality, truth. We have legitimate questions such as, "Where did we come from?" "Is there a God?" "If so, what can we know about God." "What are the truths about God and the falsehoods about God?" "How do we know the difference?" "There must be some evidence about God, and about false religions, fruits such as: does one point to genuine love, forgiveness, true tolerance, true freedom and peace and another result in terrorism, lack of freedoms, hate, intolerance, despair, slavery and eternal death?" "If so how will we ever know any of this if our government has abolished any freedom to investigate these vital subjects and banned the study of religion in our society?"
These efforts to "secularize" Victoria come out of an anti-God, atheistic humanist worldview. If this worldview/religion is correct we should be allowed to investigate it openly and fairly, which means that the whole discussion of religion should be encouraged not abolished.
Does Daniel Andrew's personal religion of secular humanism stand up to honest investigation and scrutiny? We will never know, because he has conveniently just abolished the study of all religions from our government schools. Is his aim to abolish all competition and set up "Secular Humanism" as the new totalitarian state religion? That would explain the current scheme to try to abolish the competitors. Why though? What is he hiding? Does he know that secularism/atheism doesn't stack up intellectually?
Why was it that Daniel Andrew's, practically the day after banning religious education in our state schools, insisted that our state schools should screen an pro-secular humanism, anti-Christian, homosexual propaganda film (Gayby Baby), and replace the religious education classes with classes to indoctrinate children to believe that human relationships performing sodomy should be "respected"?
He is taking his pay under false pretenses. We the people did not give him a mandate to abolish our good, tried and tested foundations and to replace them with something he personally and ideologically prefers. We didn't elect him to act like an authoritarian communist leader.
Will Daniel Andrews ban the study of politics next? Maybe introduce a curriculum subject which argues that the ALP should be the only political party? Maybe demand that a short film promoting Daniel Andrews as the supreme leader be shown at all government (and Christian) schools? Maybe, having banned freedom of religion, freedom of speech and freedom of conscientious objection he will ban all public protests and any freedom of association within 150 metres of Daniel Andrews or any member of his politburo?
We want our children to be educated, not kept in the dark, which means they must be taught about the big things of life, they must have the answers provided so they can make discerning choices in life. Keeping them ignorant about the big questions of life is not an education. Secular does not have to mean keeping our children ignorant. Christian societies have always encouraged robust intellectual investigation and debate about the big questions. Secular societies do not. Which do you want your children to live in?
The main threats to our freedoms in the present generation come from enemies fueled by false religious/worldview convictions, ones which are intolerant of all competition. How can we ever defeat them if our state schools ban and discourage all free thought and investigation into them and the more beneficial alternative. You can give a child an education but it is not a very good education if you leave out the things that matter most to a human being.
Sure they are only carols, and many non-Christians will not think too much about it, but this sort of totalitarian bent always starts with seemingly small things. The danger is though, that It never stops there. In fact it does not stop until ALL opposition is defeated. Any government who tries to tell us which songs we can and cannot sing, which books we can or cannot read, which religions we can or cannot investigate and practice, should be opposed in the usual Australia manner, such as was done at Eureka Stockade. Historically Australians have not stood for such authoritarian attempts to remove our freedoms. This requires effort from the people to speak up and act. So far there has been too much silence and inaction.
The following is an excerpt from the Age on the 24th November about Mr. Andrew's active pogrom against those nasty Christians, who afterall want to help our children to love everyone, forgive, obey parents, be tolerant, respect people, pay taxes, avoid drugs, avoid sexual immorality, be non-violent, obey the law, choose good friends, get good jobs, be good husbands and wives, be good parents, good citizens, good employees.
"Christmas carols: too religious for schools?
While Jingle Bells is safe, Little Drummer Boy, may not make the cut. According to new Victorian education guidelines, children in state schools can sing carols in class, but only if they're not hymns.
State school students can sing Christmas carols in class time, but they can't sing hymns.
And honey-dipped apples are allowed for Jewish New Year, but programs that use the Koran and bible are banned from class time.
The Andrews government has released detailed new guidelines for special religious instruction in state schools, after announcing in August that it would scrap the controversial program from the curriculum."
Read more from the Age article.