Whenever I hear the term unconstitutional, I think of the Aussie Classic “The Castle”.
The term unconstitutional get’s thrown around a lot and because I’m immersed in a Christian environment, more often than not, it’s used against Christianity.
In reference to Easterfest, a Christian music festival held in Toowoomba:
“As for council giving funds to this festival I feel that it is entirely inappropriate to use rate payers money for a Christian festival or any religious festival for that matter as it part of the separation of powers that are the basis of our political system and is unconstitutional.”
“Women should be allowed the choice to have an abortion. Pushing a religious christian agenda to deny that choice is unconstitutional. This is why we have separation between church and state.”
Take the time to check out the Australian Constitution and you’ll find that the first paragraph reads:
Whereas the people of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, and Tasmania, humbly relying on the blessing of Almighty God, have agreed to unite in one indissoluble Federal Commonwealth under the Crown of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and under the Constitution hereby established…
How about that! The bods that drew up the Australian Constitution did so by humbly relying on the blessing of Almighty God. Now that’s pretty huge. It takes Matt 18:20 a whole new level of awesome!
For where two or three are gathered together in my name,
there am I in the midst of them.
On another note, Australia doesn’t have “Freedom of Religion” in the way we often refer to it. Section 116 of the Australian Constitution reads:
The Commonwealth shall not make any law for establishing any religion, or for imposing any religious observance, or for prohibiting the free exercise of any religion, and no religious test shall be required as a qualification for any office or public trust under the Commonwealth
It applies to the Commonwealth but does not apply to the states which also maintain independent constitutions. There has been two attempts to change this law to apply to the states in 1944 and 1988 – On both occasions, the proposal failed in a referendum.
The Australian Constitution is a powerful document. One that’s intent was to bring Australians together. These days, we seem to use the constitution to protect and serve ourselves, fulfilling an ego of self-entitlement.