June 10th 2006

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EDITORIAL: Timor crisis - Alkatiri's murky role

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Will Snowy Hydro sale create Australia's Enron?

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Merger no answer to declining Nationals vote

ENERGY CRISIS: How to make Australia energy self-sufficient

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: Ex-Family Court judge defends gay 'marriage'

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: The self-inflicted wounds of Premier Carpenter

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Once more unto the breach / Leaders designed by the oligarchs / Justice ... for whom? / Rules of engagement

CULTURE AND CIVILISATION: Should we be ashamed of Western civilisation?

SCHOOLS: English grammar 'obsolete and irrelevant'

SEX EDUCATION: Islamic schools reject "safe sex" message

BRITAIN: Soaring oil prices push UK to go nuclear

MIDDLE EAST: Terrorism works

Misguided depiction of mental illness (letter)

Reply to Senator Webber (letter)

Anti-religious education (letter)

Minchin wrong on Snowy Hydro Scheme (letter)

HISTORY AND LITERATURE: Drama set in occupied Europe

COMRADE ROBERTS: Recollections of a Trotskyite, by Kenneth Gee QC

DEFIANT BIRTH: Women Who Resist Medical Eugenics, by Melinda Tankard Reist

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Anti-religious education (letter)

by Frank Bellet

News Weekly, June 10, 2006

Many letter writers have asked, in relation to the Labor Party's proposed changes to religious education in Queensland schools, "What are the Christian churches afraid of?"

They are afraid of the same things that I, as a parent and grandparent, would be afraid of. I would be afraid that my grandchildren, and their impressionable minds, would be subject to brainwashing from secular humanists, to turn them into different persons from what I would want for my loved ones. This was the intention behind the legislation.

Anyone who doesn't realise that Christianity is under relentless attack from its enemies, must have been living in isolation from the media for at least 30 years.

As with the movie The Da Vinci Code, the monotonous cry from its supporters is: "What are Christians worrying about?"

I might ask what were anti-Christians, particularly in Hollywood, in a dither and worried about, when Mel Gibson brought out The Passion of the Christ? Many of them wanted to run him out of town.

Frank Bellet,
Petrie, Qld.

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