February 1, 2005


Revenge of the righteous (Emma-Kate Symons, 29jan05, The Australian)

REPRESSIVE, racist, homophobic, sexist, a free market economic ideologue and downright nasty - that's the cruel and jealous God that John Howard, Machiavellian wolf in relaxed and comfortable sheep's clothing, has inflicted on Australia's collective soul.

At least that's the startling finding of Marion Maddox's inquisition into the religious-political state of the nation under our second-longest serving prime minister. God Under Howard, with its pointed subtitle, How the Religious Right has Hijacked Australian Politics, is a crusader's document worthy of a Methodist-raised religious studies academic. And woe betide any who dare question its dogma - that Howard is a rampaging heretic, re-creating the Australian political landscape in the image of the American Christian Right, and in the process destroying the fabric of Australian democracy.

The title and cover illustration leave readers in little doubt about the author's intentions to expose what she declares is "Howard's spiritual assault on Australian values". She casts herself and the mass of Australian people in a role akin to John Proctor in Arthur Miller's The Crucible, fighting nobly against the puritanical, sexually repressive witch-burning forces led by Reverend Samuel Parris.

All true, except that the mass of Australian people just returned him and his party to power in record numbers--which too makes Australia increasingly like America.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 1, 2005 12:38 PM

Howard won because the economy there was doing well and most Australians are supportive of a close relationship with the US. Religious conservatism can be found among the Laborites as well as among the Coalition, some Labor MPs are fervent anti-abortion Catholics. The main religious party, Families First, is antiwar and protax.

Posted by: Bart at February 1, 2005 1:34 PM

I picture a wonderful, cautionary public service tv commercial featuring teh book cover and warning "This is Marion Maddox's brain on dull marxist tropes."

Posted by: LUCIFEROUS at February 1, 2005 6:04 PM

we like Howard, that's why he has power, because we elected him. We didn't elect Maddox which is why she has no power therefor no responsibility and therefor can indulge in the belief of any infantil leftist garbage she wants without the inconvenience of having to test her idiotic theories against reality.

Slowly, people like Maddox are losing all their power over the Australian polity and it drives them mad. Irresponsible power exercised without personal consequence through the media and the courts has been the left's greatest delight, but more and more these days they have to get that power by winning elections, which they can't do. No wonder they hate democracy and despise their fellow citizens.

Posted by: Amos at February 2, 2005 9:17 PM
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