Wednesday 28th of October 2020

the hypocritical guilty hubris of a fanatic treasurer...


Some readers could think that I spend a bit too much time attacking the religious fanatics. Here shown above is a good reason why. Not only our present government is in bed with the banks, but many of our ministers are also sleeping naked with the extreme religious nuts. 

ScottMo is a religious man with a clear nasty bent. When he speaks and points a furious finger in parliament, he acts as if he was a mad angry priest preaching about the capital sins of Labor — of which all the voters will go to Hell — and the righteousness of the Libs (CONservatives) — of which the voters will go to cash heaven with a golden glow in their pockets. It's all rubbish of course, but ScottMo believes in this religious driven shit. This is why he goes to these religious conferences, where the other speakers are religious loonies like Eric Metaxas.

Eric is a piece of work. He himself has extreme nazi views, but he will pose proudly for a sainthood by transferring the nazi moniker on those who want a more "liberal" fairer society. Eric's views are idiotically hypocritically crafted. they are nasty, destructive, haughty and are a deceptive form of dishonesty presented from a rotten soap box

We need to expose these guys. Being religious and believing in "god" is reasonably easy. full stop. Ignorance is simple. But the peddlars of blind faith are worried that the trick is getting tired. and it is. So they are sharpening their claws and refurbishing the hypocrisy:

For some Christians it's been years since they've cracked open a Bible or carried one to church. While most are familiar with well-known biblical accounts of Moses parting the Red Sea, the extraordinary strength of Samson, or how David conquered Goliath, few build upon these basic Sunday school teachings, resulting in what one apologist calls "biblical illiteracy."

In a portion of his new book Unanswered, a volume intended to shed light on several hot-button topics that loom large within the Church, apologist and New Testament scholar Jeremiah Johnston addresses biblical illiteracy and Christians who know "just enough about the Bible to be dangerous."

"The Bible can be stripped down, vandalized, added to, taken away [from], and 95 percent of people in the Church would not even know you were doing it because they simply do not know the Bible," Johnston told The Christian Post earlier this month.

"We have the most educated Christians of all time — the smartest believers of all time in our churches, and yet they are the most biblically illiterate. They know little to nothing about the message in the Bible."


And yes, a lot of stories in the bible do not make sense anymore. ACTUALLY, the stories in the bible NEVER MADE SENSE.  These stories were taken on board by simple people who were not allowed to know better. These days, science has replaced the bible con-trick with reality analysis and a healthy scepticism in which the answers are refined and precisely verified.

None of the rubbish in the bible has EVER BEEN verified, so the biblical floodists are panicking at being overrun by reality and are trying hard to fight back with more faith in their loony stories. More guilt. 


Even one of the nation's most well-known megachurch pastors, Lakewood Church Pastor Joel Osteen, has been accused of dumbing down the Bible.

Osteen recently came under fire for his tendency to avoid preaching about Hell, The Christian Post previously reported. The pastor believes that by not preaching "hellfire and brimstone" messages, he's giving believers a break. "Most people are beaten down enough by life," he said. "They already feel guilty enough."

But watering down the Bible would be a mistake, since believers sincerely want to be challenged, said Johnston.

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"People want to be challenged. They want to know more about why they believe that Jesus is the only way, and why they live their life for Christ," the Bible scholar told CP. "We need to quit dumbing it down. We need to quit insulting the intellingence of our Church. We need to stop it because the Church wants to be challenged to have a thinking faith. A holistic faith."


The point is that the Christians are becoming more fanatic than the Wahhabi terrorists. They may not use bombs but they use archaic loony psychological pressures on people with one major weapon — guilt. Religious guilt is more dangerous than bombs. I don't mind if they screw their own minds with it, but they try hard to convert people with it. Stop it.

Scott Mo reaction to questions and proper parliamentary quests is that of an enormously guilty man. A guilty religious man who cannot understand why he can not be trusted at face value. Like most religious persons, he is a con man, a liar who also cons himself of his own "humble" worth in the eyes of god. It's rubbish and hubris of the worse kind, worthy of the brimstone he is so found of talking about for others.

Meanwhile Metaxas is pushing associations of ideas by making statements that are unrelated, idiotic and dangerous:

Catholic or KKK? Confused Students Don't Get Religion
The unknown can be frightening. And that may explain why so many secularists are afraid of religion.

Here we have a thick fishing line, some big hooks and heavy sinkers that should be thrown out to the bottom of the ocean forthwith. It's the usual preacher's theme to mention the "unknown". It's a Metaxas trick to make a statement which always has a circular sophism attach to it.

We soon discover that "so many secularists" are a few students driven by a social media frenzy about a Dominican friar who was mistaken for a KKK member. Big deal !. Most students in the US have not been exposed to the vision of a man in frocks, and it is most likely that some mischievous students spurned the story for fun. And this episode of studious ignorance does not mean that religious beliefs are correct because a friar is mistaken for the KKK. It was not long ago. like yesterday, that the KKK espoused ardent religious christian values, while having crosses on fire.

So go away Eric, you are a disgrace, always trying to turn a storm in a tea cup into a new crucifixion, and promoting ignorance through ignorant faith. Go away. 

Same with Scott Mo. Go away.


I-know-nofin' defended by a furious scott mo...


In the Senate, Labor asked Sinodinos about his role as NSW finance director during the time that the NSW party is accused by the NSW Electoral Commission of “washing” property industry donations – prohibited at state level – through the federal “associated entity, the Free Enterprise Foundation”.

In evidence before the Icac, and in public statements, Sinodinos has said he did not know about the banned donations.

In the House of Representatives, Labor asked the treasurer, Scott Morrison, about donations possibly made to another fundraising body, the Millennium Forum, during his time as NSW Liberal party director.

Morrison responded furiously, saying there wasn’t “a hole dark enough that the NSW Labor party hasn’t been in it”.

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This furious anger shows Scott Mo's guilt like a beacon on a hill.



that will make the banks smile...

The Federal Government will today announce a $120 million boost to the corporate regulator to target banking crime and misconduct.

The strengthening of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) follows a string of scandals and Labor proposing a Royal Commission into the sector.

The ABC understands the Government will increase a levy on banks, raising $120 million over four years for the watchdog.

The funding will help replace cuts made under the former Labor government and in the 2014 budget.

A new ASIC commissioner focussing on banking prosecutions will also be appointed.

The moves come after a nine-month review into ASIC and talks between the Treasurer Scott Morrison and the commission over recent days.


A Royal Commission into the banking system is what is needed.

Increasing the number of blind bats at ASIC is not going to expose the rotten tricks of the banking system.

The "big banks' won't worry about a piddley amount of cash which will come out of consumers anyway, not from CEOs and executives bonuses... 


The nation's first double-dissolution election in almost 30 years may be triggered by the drive to stamp out union corruption but bank scandals, tax evaders and corporate corruption will become a much bigger election battleground before July 2.

The Coalition government has a record of badly misreading the depth of public anger in relation to the banks, and includes poor financial advice, dodgy life insurance, mortgage fraud, bank bill rate rigging as well as broader corporate bribery and corruption.

Dragging its heels on reforms, sitting on recommendations for months and having a revolving door of financial services ministers, has done little to engender public trust.

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a wowser, a zealot and a bigot all at once...

He [Morrison] thanked the "millions of people … who I know pray earnestly for our political leaders".

"I'm a big believer in prayer, I've seen the impact of it in my own life and I know it works," he said.

But the Treasurer declined to discuss further his own strong Christian beliefs. "My faith is not my politics. My faith is an important part of who I am, as it is of every human being, whatever their faith might be. Judge me on my policies. My faith is my business."

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I'm sorry Mr Treasurer, but this is populist shit. Your faith is not your business. You faith does influence your policies and our future as a secular society in which say global warming needs to be tackled or allow gay rights. Eric Metaxas views are Nazi. According to your "respect from everybody's opinion", you would end up respecting Hitler's crushing gays and Jews in Germany, though you might disagree with the views... Not good enough. You need to take a cold shower soon. I don't stop anyone getting married because they are heterosexual, do I?

And on global warming, your government under Hunt, Abbott and Turnbull, is hypocritical in fiddling the real figures in a very UNCHRISTIAN way. So go and widen your scope. Stop being a wowser, a zealot and a bigot all at once. I pray for you to become enlightened with greater understanding. So far I can say prayer does not work.

back then he was a worry...


  • By Melanie Saward    26 June 2019

  • When I went to bed on the night of the election — early, to escape the growing fear and despair on my social media — I had a knot in my stomach about what I’d wake up to. For many people, their own knots of anxiety formed as they realised that Peter Dutton would not just hold onto the seat of Dickson, but that there was a swing towards him. My knot had been forming since Easter Sunday, when Scott Morrison invited cameras into his Pentecostal Church.


I knew he was a Pentecostal Christian when he was first elected leader of the LNP, but seeing it made it more real.

The first picture I came across from the series taken at Horizon Church in Sydney was ScoMo with his hand raised, eyes closed, mouth open in prayer. Scrolling through the news article, my palms began to sweat, my mouth went dry, and for the first time in years I had a trauma flashback.

I joined a Brisbane Pentecostal church at the age of twenty-one. I started going because it was one of very few social activities my then boyfriend approved. We both still lived at home: him on the south of Brisbane, me on the north side. If I was going to church on Sunday night, he’d concede the day (and sometimes Saturday) to my side of town. And when my friend came to pick me up for church, he’d go home leaving me without his looming presence for a few hours.

When I first walked in the door at that church, they saw me. I was broken and ripe for recruiting. They built me up and made me feel strong. Even though they helped me get away from my relationship, it wasn’t long until the church became an abusive relationship in itself.

Pentecostal churches like Morrison’s Horizon and my former group here in Brisbane are massive: thousands attend services every week. They are devoted, faithful, and loyal. They worship to pop music and are full of young, attractive and well-off people who desperately want to be good and kind and do the right thing. That’s what terrified me so much when I saw our Prime Minister at worship. Because the right thing to Pentecostals, is not going to be the right thing for most Australians.

There’s something about those images that made me connect the dots with my own experience of sitting in a crowded Sunday service with people who claimed to love everyone. People who love everyone – but also believe homosexuality is against the Bible, that life begins at conception, that sex out of marriage is a sin and that anyone who is not a Christian is worshipping a false God. It made me think of the time I was told my parents, who are good and kind people, would go to hell if they did not come to church. The alternative, for my parents and anyone guilty of any number of grave sins – including the sin of simply not being a Christian – was to get ‘Saved’.

Pentecostal churches are evangelistic. Witnessing to and converting the unchurched is critical to their doctrine. At my church, pastors often preached their hopes that the whole world would be converted. As a small group leader for university-aged youth, part of my role was reporting back to leadership each month as to how many new members had attended my sessions and how many of those newbies had been saved. Those numbers were fed from each of the church’s demographic groups back to senior leadership. If they were good, we’d be praised. If they were bad, we were chastised and sometimes re-assigned to other areas. It was imperative that the church be growing all the time.

Witnessing was done through acts, by receiving prophecy and speaking God’s truth to the unchurched, even in difficult and dangerous situations. I was encouraged to witness to everyone unchurched in my life, and while freedom to practice my religion protected me from potential repercussions from my constant preaching in the workplace, it placed my housing and relationship with my parents at risk. Not to mention the massive toll the constant pressure put on my mental health.

When I went to my leader and said I was struggling, I was told to work harder. Every time someone prophesied over me, I prayed they would see that I hadn’t dealt with the trauma my ex-boyfriend had inflicted on me and give me some magic answer to make it feel better. But the more broken I got, the less they saw me. I was likely no great loss to my church when I left because I wasn’t growing the flock, nor was I prosperous or powerful enough for them. I wasn’t even black enough to contribute to their diversity quota.

Though Scott Morrison professes to ‘love all Australians,’ I believe his love comes with conditions. His abstinence from the 2017 Marriage Equality Survey, his belief that those who ‘have a go will get a go,’ his decision to end his victory speech on election night with the words ‘God bless Australia’ and his willingness to be photographed at worship are all demonstrations of what those conditions are. Those of us who are queer, black, have uteruses, have immigrated, who are not Christian, who aren’t in secure jobs with savings, and who care about the environment, may be loved by the prime minister, but we are not his priority. Our issues and the things we need and care about can’t be his focus while he lives a faith that excludes the people who are struggling the most. I’ve heard the sermons and I know that the Pentecostal doctrine allows little room for separation between ideology and other aspects of your life.

Pentecostals take a literal, miracles-based approach to interpreting the New Testament. This is where speaking in tongues, being ‘slain’ in the spirit (falling to the ground), laying on hands, healing, and other acts which they perceive as invoking the Holy Spirit all come from. Pentecostals preach a prosperity gospel and expect that members will tithe not only ten percent of their wage (that’s before tax, by the way), but also make offerings above that. While they’re making those offerings, they believe that God will reward them for their faith, and for those high in the ranks of the church —in my experience, people who are white, attractive, and valuable to the church in some way — there are rewards. It wasn’t uncommon for people to give testimony about how they’d been struggling financially, but pushed themselves to increase their offering, believing that God would remove whatever financial hurdle they were facing. In these testimonies, God didn’t just meet them their needs, but rewarded them ‘a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown’ (Matthew 13:8).

When I finally left the church, I realised that those giving testimony had usually been rewarded by the church or received gifts by wealthy members of the leadership: jobs, cars, wedding and house deposits were given to those people who would use those gifts in ways that made the church look good. House deposits went to those who would open their shiny, perfect lives up to small groups and Bible studies which were used to recruit new members. Jobs to those who had particular gifts for evangelising. Wedding money to attractive couples being groomed for leadership.

I was an overweight, depressed, white-passing Aboriginal woman with issues at home and at work, and it didn’t matter how much I sewed and believed. (I estimate I sewed at least a house deposit’s worth of offerings.) It didn’t matter how many unpaid roles I took on at the church, or how many groups I led, or how much I witnessed to other people. I was not godly enough to receive even tenfold of God’s promises.

It’s understanding the meaning behind Scott Morrison’s words that make me terrified for minority and marginalised communities in the face of his continuing prime ministership. Our black, uterus-owning, queer, elderly, immigrant, poor people are not the ‘right’ kind of people to receive the blessings that the Liberals are promising. If people don’t have jobs or money, that’s their lot. If they’re LGBTIQA+, that goes against the Bible. And if you go against the Bible you’re not getting into heaven, so what would be the point in trying to understand what you need and want out of this life?

To believe in religious freedom is to believe in it for all people, including those in power. Despite my own experiences, I don’t want to dictate what others believe. But if Scott Morrison’s faith is personal and separate to his leadership, then why invite the cameras into church? Why talk so publicly about your belief in miracles? Why would you ask your god to bless Australia? Scott Morrison is not the first religious prime minister of this country. However, the subtext of his words and the extremely public display of his faith makes the combination of his particular brand of religion with politics deeply unsettling.

I hope I’m wrong. I hope that he will lead with grace and compassion that extends beyond the white, rich, and powerful. I hope that he stops asking God to bless Australia and starts listening, learning, and fixing. But until we have someone in power who can genuinely separate church and state – or, better yet, has no connection to any church – I think I’m right to be afraid.


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Melanie Saward is a writer, editor, and university tutor, and a proud descendant of the Wakka Wakka and Bigambul peoples. She’s completing a Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing at QUT. Melanie’s manuscript ‘Why Worry Now’ was shortlisted for the 2018 David Unaipon Award. She’s a 2019 featured Indigenous writer at Djed Press, a fiction reader for Overland, and has published stories in journals and anthologies such as Swamp JournalCorrupted Classics, and URL Love.-----------------------
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Now you know why he did not want to ban gatherings before Saturday. Nothing to do with football (used as a smokescreen) but ScoMo wanted the HILLSONG conference to finish before banning stuff... Some "really bad people" I spoke to were "hoping" that someone if not all people in that church caught the virus... We had to slap them on the wrists (virtually as we, old folks, do not touch anyone any more...)


delaying ban on mass gatherings...

Is this an 'essential' gathering, ScoMo? Thousands come together for Hillsong conference in Sydney - after the PM sparked controversy by delaying a ban on mass events until Monday
  • Thousands of worshippers gathered for the Hillsong conference in Sydney's north-west on Saturday
  • It comes one day after government banned gatherings of more than 500 people to stop spread of COVID-19 
  • Prime Minsiter Scott Morrison announced the ban on 'non essential' gatherings will be introduced on Monday 
  • There is speculation restrictions were pushed back until after the weekend because of Hillsong conference
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

Thousands of worshipers have gathered for the Hillsong conference in Sydney just one day after Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a ban on events with more than 500 people.

Mr Morrison announced on Friday the government would ban 'non essential' public gatherings of more than 500 people from Monday amid increased concerns about the spread of coronavirus.

But the decision has sparked controversy within the community, with some people accusing the evangelical Christian PM of delaying the ban until after the weekend to ensure the Hillsong Colour Conference would go ahead. 

There was also speculation the die-hard Cronulla Sharks fan put off the event restrictions to watch his NRL team take on the South Sydney Rabbitohs on Saturday evening. 


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