I wrote a few articles about the effective takeover by the religious of the Liberal Party branches in Victoria1,2, Western Australia2,3, Queensland2 and federally4, and how this will eventually lead to their demise as Australia and the world becomes less religious. It is also clear that this takeover has damaged the Liberal Party electorally, with the Labor Party being returned with an increased majority in recent elections in Victoria and Queensland, and with the almost complete demolition of the Liberal Party in the recent Western Australian election3. Wags stated that at least they have now achieved gender parity with one male and one female retaining their seats, and they didn’t need quotas to do so.
In one of my more recent essays, I stated that “The South Australian Liberal Party, which is in government, does not seem to have succumbed to infiltration by the religious as in Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland, and as seems to be under way in New South Wales. There is a brawl currently under way to remove abortion from the South Australian criminal code and deal with it in healthcare legislation. The fact that this is likely to pass, demonstrates that religious nutters are not in the ascendancy in South Australia”2. That has now changed, with the religious, most notably pentecostals, being urged to join the party.
Liberal Party state president Legh Davis was sent an email by a parishioner from an Adelaide pentecostal church, complaining that a senior Liberal has been “using my church to take over your party”. This comes just days after a service at Southland Church in the suburb of Pasadena which was attended by four senior Liberal parliamentarians: State Environment Minister David Spiers, state MPs Carolyn Power and Steve Murray and Senator Alex Antic. At this service, the pastor, Rob Norman, told the congregation it was their “mission” to become party members to help block contentious legislation such as the recent abortion and voluntary euthanasia bills. Spiers also spoke at the service and told the gathering to “forget” the concept of the separation of church and state. It seems that Antic and others from the religious right of the party have been actively recruiting party members from various pentecostal churches in recent months, with more than 400 new members being signed up so far this year5.
The independent Adelaide news site InDaily sent Antic a series of questions and the latter replied “due to your inaccurate and lop-sided reporting I have no interest in speaking to you”. “I do not speak with InDaily because InDaily is fake news”5. How very Trumpian of Antic. In asking people to forget about the separation of church and state, it is obvious that people like Spiers and Antic don’t want democracy, they want theocracy.