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Perrottet & Opus Dei

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Bugga! Just when we don’t need to expect the Spanish Inquisition, out pops its wolf-in-sheep’s clothing remake: Opus Dei. New Premier, Dominic Perrottet is closely affiliated with this extreme, conservative, secretive and politically influential, Catholic organisation. 

Perrottet’s early statement that freedom is innate to us all and not a gift of government sounded promising. That implies we have inalienable rights, beyond the prerogative of government to deny, to exercise choices for our own lives, provided they do not trespass on the rights of others. Perrottet’s record shows the opposite. He opposed the decriminalisation of abortion, and marriage equality and intends to oppose voluntary euthanasia. As Premier, Perrottet will have more than his one vote to influence ‘conscience votes’ by Liberal MPs. 

This is typical of right-wing sleight of hand. It resonates with the Taliban’s proclamations that women have rights – within the misogynistic prison of Sharia law! 

The following paraphrases Wikipedia: Opus Dei supported repressive, right-wing regimes including Franco and Pinochet. Franco’s regime included Opus Dei members, and its founder, Josemaria Escriva, wrote to Franco rejoicing ‘as a priest and Spaniard that Spain’s Head of State should proclaim that Spain accepts the law of God according to the doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church, a faith which will inspire its legislation’. 

According to Opus Dei whistleblower and former priest, Vladimir Felzmann, Escriva remarked that ‘Hitler had been “badly treated” by the world’ and he further declared that ‘Hitler couldn’t have been such a bad person. He couldn’t have killed six million (Jews). It couldn’t have been more than four million’.

Adrian Gattenhof, Mullumbimby

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  1. Extreme Adrian ? Reality check mate ..
    We live in a predominantly Christian
    Country with freedom of speech
    although thoses freedoms are slowly
    Be eroded by the left day by day …
    you are not the only one that has taken
    Exception to the New Premier’s
    Democratic right to exercise his religious faith and belief’s .. the ABC on several occasions RN breakfast/ News Breakfast Team all took exception to the Premier’s
    Faith why would that be Adrian?
    a typical Australian father one of 12 kids
    and has 7 of his own nothing so unusual
    About this !! Uh however he is Catholic
    and we know the left despise this..
    Why Adrian? and as for the same sex marriage plebiscite Adrian need i remind you that 5 million voted against are they
    To extreme ? One wonders if the new Premier was of the Muslim faith would he
    be subjected to the same Views?

    • “We live in a predominantly Christian Country”. Not by much and probably not for much longer. At the 2016 census declared christians were down too 52.2% of the AU population. It certainly won’t have increased when the 2021 census figures are released. People who still subscribe to *any* imaginary god need to find a brain. Religion has *no* place in government!

  2. There are some Muslims in Fed and State parliaments Adrian.
    It doesn’t take much investigation to realize how extreme are the precepts in that ideology.
    For example:
    No equal rights for women.
    Death penalty for leaving the faith.
    Marriage of as many as four wives.
    Honor killings.
    Does Adrian have a crack at them?
    Come on Adrian. Don’t be timid. Next week eh?


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