Another religious nutter

By April 23, 2022Australian Politics, Society

As I said in a recent post, Scott Morrison’s captain’s pick for Warringah, Katherine Deves has monopolised the recent religious nutjobbery headlines with her repugnant views on transgender people1.  However, it seems that the National Party is not to be outdone. They have come up with their own religious nutter vying for the fruitcake prize among candidates for the federal election. Her name is Kimberly Hone and she is running in the federal election for the seat of Richmond. 

The Richmond electorate is large, covering over 2,100 square kilometres, and is roughly triangular; it extends from Tweed Heads, on the boundary between New South Wales and Queensland and extends down the coast to just south of Ballina and west from Tweed Heads to around Pumpenbil. It includes the towns of Tweed Heads, Murwillumbah, Mullumbimby, Brunswick Heads, Byron Bay, Lennox Head and Ballina, among others2. The seat is held by Labor’s Justine Elliot, who won the seat on a two-party preferred count of 54%, against the National Party’s Matthew Fraser on 46% in the 2019 federal election3.

Hone’s National Party promotional site is replete with the usual guff that you get in such sites: blah, blah family, blah, blah, community, blah, blah, getting things done, blah, blah, strong representation. It also states she and her husband run a “small business coaching firm”4. Nowhere does it mention that she is a Pentecostal Christian, and the small business she runs, is a “ministry” (Business Greenhouse) that advises Christians in business. Nor does it mention that she previously worked as a chaplain and church youth leader. It seems that local National Party members only recently became aware of Hone’s religious bent, as well as her involvement with religious political parties such as the defunct Family First party and Corey Bernardi’s similarly defunct Australian Conservatives5.

Like Deves in Warringah, Hone has repugnant views about much to do with the modern world. She moans about same-sex marriage, voluntary euthanasia, but most of all, she moans about the separation of church and state, which is enshrined in the constitution6. As an aside, Hone’s solution to domestic violence is for women to ‘marry well’5. Who would have guessed it was so easy?

 In a speech she gave at the Living Waters pentecostal church which was about the ‘Christian Worldview in Politics’6, she said, in part “I’m so glad that you don’t trust your government any more. … I’m so glad that you are worried about the vaccination, that you no longer trust medical science, because you are asking questions about what happens after death. … The public are asking these great questions. The harvest is ready. I’m having amazing conversations with people, even in the political arena, who have been working on government places for decades and all of a sudden, they don’t like the government. They don’t know what they’re doing there. This is a great place. … How do we bring God’s kingdom to the political arena? How do we change the mountain, from the inside out, not the outside in. … The ultimate goal for me is … I want to bring God’s kingdom to the political arena. And I want God’s kingdom to penetrate the political mountain”5.

The irony is that it has been the slow infiltration of the religious into the Liberal Party that has eroded the trust in government. As the party has become more dominated by the religious, so they have become more conservative and more authoritarian, and will stop at nothing to get their way. This is because the religious nutters like Scott Morrison are not concerned with the future of this nation or what is ethical, but what entrenches the privilege and the power of the religious.

Sources

  1. https://blotreport.com/2022/04/20/morrisons-pentecostal-pork/
  2. https://www.aec.gov.au/profiles/nsw/richmond.htm
  3. https://results.aec.gov.au/24310/Website/HouseDivisionPage-24310-145.htm
  4. https://www.nswnationals.org.au/kimberly-hone/
  5. https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/apr/21/nsw-nationals-candidate-tells-congregation-of-her-aim-to-bring-gods-kingdom-to-politics
  6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5Xn36Wr4i4

12 Comments

  • Tina says:

    Note: Catherine Deves should read Katherine Deves

    • admin says:

      Tina,
      Thanks. I corrected that in the other rant in which she was mentioned, but not this one. Now fixed.

  • Sandra says:

    Thanks for this info.
    Thank goodness The Constitution protects our Democracy from being governed by Relifgion.

    Every so often, we have a nutter raise their hand – but we do have the power, both millions to take to the streets, as well as High Courts that can uphold our Rights, if they get too uppity.

    I have noticed in the past, that just as mobs like this Pentacostal
    CULT, they collapse, as this one is.

    I note no Media have questioned Morrison on how he sees his CULT dissolving.

    • admin says:

      Sandra,
      I think that these people have raised their delusional head in recent times because religion is declining across the world, even in such bastions of god-bothering as the US. This has scared the bejesus (excuse pun) out of the religious because they can see their power and influence declining, and they can also see their tax-free status disappearing sooner rather than later. The problem with the constitution is that the coalition government only refer to it when it suits them. They ignored it as long as they could when all the section 44 stuffups erupted, and they still demand that the Lords Prayer be said at the opening of parliament, whioch as far as I understand it (which is failr limited, as I am not a constitutional lawyer) a religious observance cannot be forced anywhere in government. Another aspect of this which concerns the religious is that they are afraid that when they become a minority, they will be treated as they treated minorities in the past, which says much about them.

  • Arthur Baker says:

    If I said “I want to bring atheism to the political arena. And I want atheism to penetrate the political mountain” (er, I never would), can you imagine the number of prams from which toys would be hurled? You’d never hear the last of it.

    • admin says:

      Arthur,
      Yep. It is one rule for the religious and another for everyone else, and has been for centuries. Hopefully, those days are coming to an end.

  • Warren says:

    I also want to bring atheism to the political arena. And also I want atheism to penetrate the political mountain. You have started a new movement Arthur. The anti-nutter movement.

    • Arthur Baker says:

      Warren, I wrote “I never would”. And I really mean NEVER. My atheism is a private matter for me alone, and has no place in the political arena, any more than religion has. So, no movement being started by me, unless it’s a movement to GET RID of religion (and indeed any discussion of religion versus non-religion) in the political arena. If you want to start a movement to bring atheism anywhere, please feel free to start it yourself, but count me out. Many thanks.

      • Warren says:

        No worries Arthur. On a more serious note I’m much more open about my atheism these days as are many of my friends/rellies. Australia needs to have a really good discussion about religion. But I’m often reminded that you never discuss religion or politics, and not just in the pub. Religious bigots have more rights than an atheist, and it is related to stupid, dangerous politicians. If God is all knowing and all powerful, it seems to me that the human race is just a weird, cruel experiment. It’s just not logical. Maybe the chosen race are still evolving. But of course everyone has free will, even children who die from starvation and war.

        But I do sometimes wonder where it all came from. And where it is going. I have my doubts about the Rapture.

        • admin says:

          Warren,
          Sometimes I think much the same, that this experiment has all gone horribly wrong. The Galaxy Song put it more succinctly: “And pray that there’s intelligent life somewhere out in space,’cause there’s bugger all down here on Earth!” Religion was mostly started by blokes who were either deluded or after a bit of power and it has been that way ever since. Now it has the love of money thrown in. It always makes me laugh when I think of appalling amoral bastards like Morrison claiming to be christian.

  • Russell says:

    Just to read the excerpt from this candidate for Richmond’s speech, it is clear that she is yet another one from the religious kooky-cookie-cutting factory, Her drivel about the political mountain and her in-group statement that the “harvest is ready” immediately give her away as someone who’s totally brainwashed by Pentecostal piffle. It has been clear to close observers of conservative politics for a long time, that there is a full-on push by the aggressively evangelical and fringe loony pretend Christian cults, to get as many of their intellectually challenged, Morrison loving people into positions of power in Australia. It’s an insidious and dangerous phenomenon that has not been raised enough in the progressive media – that is, what little remains of progressive, investigative media in this benighted country!

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