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It was obvious, even before I answered the door, who the two middle-aged women were who'd knocked. Neatly dressed in that 60ish suburban mum style, brochures in hand and smallish kiddy in tow they wanted to tell me about Jesus.
I'm all for the exchange of ideas and healthy debate. The problem with the door-knocking proselytizers is that they're not into mutual dialogue or the consideration of alternative perspectives. It's all one-way. I declared straight up to the two ladies that I was a convinced atheist. To their credit they didn't flee the property, cover the child's ears or attempt to sprinkle me with holy waters or a cleansing waft of incense. That's the Catholics apparently. I enquired as to their own chosen flavour of Jesus;
Mormons no less - one consonant too many in my view but they were at least polite.
To settle their credentials I asked whether, as Mormons, they were creationists, believing that the universe is about 6,000 years old which they happily conceded. Now, there are far too many flaws in their dogma to seek to cover more than, say, one sample. So I ran with the 'age of the universe' -
"When you look up at the night sky you can see many millions of stars, right?"
"Yes, all part of God's creation."
"And they're all far away - Alpha Centauri, the closest, is several light years away, right?"
"Most of what you see though is millions of light years away"
"So, when you look at the night sky you are typically seeing light that left a star millions of years ago, if not billions. Right there, with your own eyes. How does that fit with your 6,000 year old universe?"
The ladies then decided to wrap up the conversation, back away and, no doubt, to also cross my address from their potential converts list.
The point here being two-fold:
Facts and logic will never, ever convince a dogmatist. They are impervious.
There is an unfathomanable number of planets out there, many being habitable by humans. And they will forever be out of our reach. Planet Earth is all we've got.
Take a bunch of rat-bag religionists from a prosperity-gospelling Prime Minister through to the "family-values" fornicators in the National Party and leave them to look after the environment. What could go wrong?
Should you ever think that breathable air and potable water are in safe hands then please have a look at their track record. Their one true god is mammon.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott
Abolishes key ministerial positions of climate change and science – 16 September 2013
Abolishes the Climate Commission – 19 September 2013
Denies there is a link between climate change and more severe bush fires and accuses a senior UN official of “talking through their hat” – 23 October 2013
Abolishes the Antarctic Animal Ethics Committee which ensured research on animals in the Antarctic complies with Australian standards – 8 November 2013
Cuts 600 jobs at the CSIRO – 8 November 2013
Abandons Australia’s emission reduction targets – 12 November, 2013
Downgrades national environment laws by giving approval powers to state premiers – 9 December 2013
Removes the community’s right to challenge decisions where the government has ignored expert advice on threatened species impacts – 9 December 2013
Approves the largest coal port in the world in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area – 10 December 2013
Approves Clive Palmer’s mega coal mine in the Galilee Basin which opponents say will severely damage Great Barrier Reef – 11 December 2013
Overturns the “critically endangered” listing of the Murray Darling Basin – 11 December 2013
Scraps the COAG Standing Council on Environment and Water – 13 December 2013
Starts dismantling Australia’s world leading marine protection system – 13 December 2013
Axes funding for animal welfare – 17 December 2013
Defunds the Environmental Defenders Office which is a network of community legal centres providing free advice on environmental law – 17 December 2013
Scraps the Home Energy Saver Scheme which helps struggling low income households cut their electricity bills – 17 December 2013
Cuts funding to the Energy Efficiency Opportunities Programme which makes it mandatory for large energy-using-businesses to improve their efficiency –17 December, 2013
Requests the delisting of World Heritage status for Tasmanian forests – 21 December 2013
Breaks his promise to provide a customs vessel to monitor whaling operations in the Southern Ocean – 23 December 2013
Defunds all international environmental programs, the International Labour Organisation and cuts funding to a range of international aid programs run by NGOs such as Save the Children, Oxfam, CARE Australia and Caritas – 18 January 2014
Exempts Western Australia from national environment laws to facilitate shark culling – 21 January 2014
Appoints a climate change skeptic to head a review of our renewable energy target – 17 February 2014
Blames carbon pricing for the closure of Alcoa smelters and rolling mills and the loss of nearly 1,000 jobs, despite the fact the company states it had no bearing on their decision – 19 February 2014
Axes funding earmarked to save the Sumatran rhinoceros from extinction – 28 February 2014
Cuts hundreds of jobs at the CSIRO – 14 March 2014
Cuts 480 jobs from the Environment Department which help protect places such as Kakadu, Antarctica and the Great Barrier Reef – 7 April 2014
Scraps the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) which was set up to support new and emerging renewable technologies and in doing so breaks an election promise – 13 May 2014
Axes industry and community clean energy programs including the Low Emissions Technology Demonstration Fund, the National Low Emission Coal Initiative, Energy Efficiency Programmes, the National Solar Schools Plan, Energy Efficiency Information Grants and Low Carbon Communities – 13 May 2014
Cuts Australia’s Animal Welfare Strategy – 13 May 2014
Rips a further $111.4 million over four years out of the operating budget of the CSIRO – 13 May 2014
Reduces funding to the Australian Institute for Marine Science – 13 May 2014
Breaks a promise to have one million more solar roofs across Australia and at least 25 solar towns – 13 May 2014
Breaks a promise to spend $2.55 billion on the Emissions Reduction Fund by committing less than half this amount in the budget – 13 May 2014
Terminates the Office of Water Science research programme – 13 May, 2014
Slashes the Biodiversity Fund – 13 May, 2014
Scraps the National Water Commission – 13 May, 2014
Axes the carbon tax with no viable policy to address climate change or Australia’s emission targets – 17 July, 2014
Repeals the mining tax on the profits of big coal and iron ore companies – 2 September 2014
Cuts spending on science and innovation to the lowest levels since the data was first published – 07 October, 2014
Describes coal as “good for humanity” while opening a coal mine in Queensland – 13 October, 2014
Refuses to contribute to the fund Green Climate Fund, which Abbott described the year before as “socialism masquerading as environmentalism” – 17 November, 2014
Cuts CSIRO funding, which means that CSIRO will lose 1/5 of its workforce – 24 November, 2014
Cuts the Climate Adaptation Outlook Independent Expert Group – 15 December 2014
Cuts the Biological Diversity Advisory Committee – 15 December 2014
Abolishes the Subcommittee on Animal Health Laboratory Standards – 15 December 2014
Abolishes the Antarctic Science Advisory Committee – 15 December 2014
Abolishes the Emissions Intensive–-Trade Exposed Expert Advisory Committee –15 December 2014
Disbands the Commonwealth Environmental Water Stakeholder Reference Panel – 15 December 2014
Abolishes the COAG Standing Council on Environment and Water – 15 December 2014
Abolishes the Bureau of Meteorology Water Accounting Standards Board – 15 December 2014
Abolishes the National Marine Mammal Scientific Committee – 15 December 2014
Disbands the National Marine Mammal Advisory Committee – 15 December 2014
Abolishes the National Landscapes Reference Committee – 15 December 2014
Abolishes the Technical Advisory Committee for the Coal Mining Abatement Technology Support Package – 15 December 2014
Abolishes the Marine Council – 15 December 2014
Appoints a climate skeptic who praised Rupert Murdoch as the “starting point for green innovation” to the position of Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment – 21 December 2014
Cuts $12.5 million from the National Heritage Trust – 12 May 2015
Establishes a Commissioner for Wind Farms – 24 June 2015
Slashes the renewable energy target – 24 June 2015
Intense lobbying keeps Great Barrier Reef off UNESCO’s world heritage in-danger list despite many government decisions which threaten it – 2 July 2015
Directs the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to stop investing in wind power – 12 July 2015
Bans the Clean Energy Finance Corporation from investing in roof top solar panels and other small scale solar energy – 12 July 2015
Reduces Australia’s carbon emissions reduction target – 11 August 2015
Tries to introduce laws to stop citizens exercising their legal rights to stop big developments that damage the environment – 19 August 2015
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
Approves Carmichael coal mine – 16 October 2015
Environment Minister Greg Hunt claims selling India Australian coal will cut carbon emissions – 10 Dec 2015
Approves Abbot Point Coal Terminal expansion – 22 December 2015
Presides over a drop in Australia’s ranking on the Environmental Performance Index of 10 places – 28 January 2016
Approves logging in Murray Valley National Park – 28 February 2016
Tries to loan Adani $1 billion to build a railway link to the Carmichael mine and promises to “fix” native title problems – 11 April 2017
Describes Labor’s emissions trading scheme as “jobs destroying”, a handbrake on the economy, leading to “much higher energy prices.” – 27 April 2016
Says coal will be important for “many, many decades to come” – 25 October 2016
Seeks changes to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act to stop conservation groups challenging environmental ministerial decisions – October 31, 2016
Says “if anyone had a vested interest in showing you that you could do really smart, clean things with coal, it would be us” – 1 February, 2017
Opens $5 billion infrastructure fund for “clean-coal” power stations – 3 February 2017
Hires Sid Marris, former head of climate and environment at the Minerals Council of Australia, to be his climate and energy adviser – 3 February 2017
Scott Morrison brings a lump of coal to question time and says “This is coal. Don’t be afraid. Don’t be scared.” – 9 February 2017
Ignores advice that renewable energy was not to blame for South Australian blackouts – 13 February 2017
Oversees 3.4% rise in emissions within 12 months and 7.5% increase since the Abbott-Turnbull government scrapped the carbon price – 01 March 2017
Diverts funds from Clean Energy Finance Corporation to fund coal with carbon capture and storage – 31 May 2017
Stops releasing pollution data that used to be announced on a quarterly basis – 7 July 2017
Attacks South Australian renewable energy policy as “ideology and idiocy in equal measure” – 14 August 2017
Lobbies AGL to delay closure of ageing Liddell coal power station for another five years – 5 September 2017
Dumps Clean Energy Target – 17 October 2017
Plans to reduce environmental spending to less than 60% of 2013-2014 budget – 13 December 2017
Data released in the week before Christmas shows highest greenhouse gas emissions on record when land use change emissions excluded – 19 December 2017
This data shows emissions increasing to 2030 and beyond – 19 December 2017
Declares climate policies are a big success – 19 December 2017
Climate policy review loosens the safeguard mechanism that sets limits on pollution – 19 December 2017
Government fails to list a single piece of critical habitat for protection despite 1800 species and ecological communities being identified as threatened in Australia – 6 Match 2018
Backs Pauline Hanson’s motion for new coal-fired power stations – 27 June 2018
Turnbull’s signature emissions reduction policy, the National Energy Guarantee, described as having ‘no benefit’ to emissions – 18 July 2018.
Personally approves $443m fund for Great Barrier Reef Foundation, an organisation with ties to BHP, Shell and Peabody Energy – 31 July 2018.
Removes emissions reduction target from National Energy Guarantee – 20 August 1018
Audit finds insufficient scrutiny of $443.3M grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation - 16 January 2018
This list was sourced from a post on The Guardian's website.
Since when does religious dogma excuse blatant bastardry and environmental criminality? Humans are an experimental branch of mother nature's evolutionary tree. These fossils we have allowed to be in charge are busily sawing through that branch. God's (sic) ultimate creation is sending itself extinct and the LNP is only speeding up that process.
I've covered religion and politics. So, sex? Tell the L/NP to fuck off at the upcoming election.
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