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There was an unprovoked attack last week upon those who don’t participate in Christmas by a man who looks like a potato. Minister Peter Dutton was outraged that the pupils of a state school – with no ties to any religion – had not sung Christian carols at their end-of-term function.

He called for an uprising of right-minded citizens to reclaim their sacred ascendency.

It’s worth pointing out we do not have mandatory religious observances in this country, unlike say, Saudi Arabia.

Apart from taking cues from shock jocks and the worst of the right-wing US Murdoch media empire, Dutton is obviously an empty vessel who appears to follow a script written by Satan himself.

Peter Dutton
Peter Dutton

What would Jesus do with Dutton?

Dutton’s department was happy to direct that a dying refugee receive no saving medical transfer.

Dutton and his government want as much secrecy around the camps as possible.

This is called ‘setting an example’ and ‘keeping borders safe’, yet such acts do not appear very Christian-like.

Other ‘Christians’ who appear to be working for anything but Christian principles include fellow loony low flyer, treasurer Scott Morrison. Then there are Cory Bernardi, Kevin Andrews, Mike Baird…

There are too many religiously afflicted politicians to mention here who act contrary to the teachings of Jesus.

And almost all these politicians embody the seven deadly sins: envy, gluttony, greed or avarice, lust, pride, sloth and wrath. Hey! That reads like an assessment of Trump’s personality.

So instead, let’s recognise those who actually take the teachings of a 2,000-year-old humble tradie refugee from the Middle East with honesty and heart.

It’s those brave Christian souls – including Church leaders – from Love Makes A Way (lovemakesaway.org.au) who use non-violent action to draw attention to the appalling treatment of people seeking asylum.

They have sat in the offices of Malcolm Turnbull, Tony Abbott, Scott Morrison and Julie Bishop, among others.

While some have been arrested, they sit in peace and remind us of what real Christian values are. They remind us that it is not illegal to seek asylum.

May everyone have a happy and peaceful Pagan/Christian/Jewish holiday. (Sorry Muslims, you have to wait until the Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha for your celebrations.)

– Hans Lovejoy


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