The Null Device

In his own image

If the RRR morning news is to be believed, the Australian citizenship examination will contain a question that reads something like:
Australian values are based on:
a) the Koran
b) Judaeo-Christianity
c) Catholicism
d) Secularism
The government's correct answer is, of course, b), and all others are wrong; get enough wrong and you are ineligible for citizenship.

Australia has been a secular culture; more so than, say, America; relatively few Australians attend churches, and religious dogma is more often mocked than revered. Religious debates of the sort seen elsewhere have little traction; Creationism isn't taken seriously, except perhaps in parts of Queensland, and attempts by rightwingers to make abortion an issue recently fell flat. But now, with the stroke of a pen, John Howard remakes Australia in his image, and secularism is now officially as un-Australian as Islamism.

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