The balance of power has shifted. The religious are fighting for the right not to be forced by the government to violate their beliefs. In order to curtail those right the feds must demonstrate that doing so serves a compelling state interest that cannot be better served through less onerous means.
This is true. The Federal Government of Australia has commissioned an independent Royal Commission into Child Abuse.
We have learnt from the victims how the Church has been sexually abusing children for a long time. And just yesterday we learnt how the Salvation Army systematically sexually abused children.
All this is backed up by the Irish Judicial Enquiry into Child Abuse in the Church. And just yesterday the United Nations accused the Catholic Church of abusing tens of thousands of children recently.
Yes, the balance of power has shifted and our democratic government can no longer trust the Churches including the Salvation Army not to abuse children in their care.
Australia's great National Space is the Parliamentary Triangle and it contains our national institutions, except there is one private residence in the Parliamentary Triangle in a commanding position. This is not the private residence of the Prime Minister, or the Governor General or even the Chief Justice, no, it is the private residence of the Roman Catholic Archbishop.
This commanding private residence on the most important public land in Australia demonstrates the Churches desire for power and in particular their desire for power over vulnerable children.
No. Not even close. If anything in the grand scheme of things the new atheists help Christianity.
Don't get em wrong as there are powerful enemies. It's just that none of the New Atheists are amongst them.
The Church has already lost to the Enlightenment. And now we are holding the Church accountable for their crimes against humanity, in particular, their sexual crimes against tens of thousands of children in their care.
Medicine and the scientific method pre-date the enlightenment.
They'll only get away with it if there's no God to judge them.
Facts seem to elude you. This is understandable if you believe three impossible things before breakfast.
But I assure you, you would not want to be treated by pre-enlightenment medicine. It was as likely to kill as heal.
They have gotten away with child sexual abuse for 1,000 years but the justice of liberal democracy grinds slowly but has ground away institutional slavery in 1833, given us the emancipation of women in 1900, and is bringing child sexual abusers to justice in 2014.
Whereas God has presided over institutional slavery, the oppression of women and the child sexual abuse. Why Jesus himself said not a word against institutional slavey although he was surrounded by it.