God Under Howard: The Rise Of The Religious Right In Australian Politics

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Allen & Unwin, 2005 - Political Science - 400 pages
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God is working for the Liberal Party and this fine, disturbing book arrives just in time to tell us how. an eye-opening exploration of the real politics of Australia.'

David Marr

a convincing and disturbing picture of the capacity of John Howard, and some of his friends, to co-opt God for their own political agenda.'

Dorothy McRae-McMahon

[spells] out the complicated place of religion in Australian politics today'

Professor John Hewson

In the 2004 federal election campaign religion seemed to spring out of nowhere to take centre stage. In fact it was just the latest act in a drama that has been quietly developing for over a decade in Australian politics. Assiduously cultivated by John Howard, an extreme form of conservative Christianity now has real influence on our politicians and their policies.

How has American-style evangelicalism become so prominent in secular Australia? Why are abortion, creationism and family values now on the political agenda? Why is religion no longer a private matter for public figures?

In God Under Howard Marion Maddox explains how John Howard has harnessed the conservative social agenda and market-based ideology of American fundamentalists in order to stay in power. As a result, she argues that Australia's democratic, egalitarian culture is now under serious assault.
 

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Interesting book. Its title it silly, though.

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Contents

Sunday morning at Earlwood Methodist
1
Bypassing Lazarus
29
The politics of death
50
Mothers and fathers
71
Secret politicians business
109
Crossing the floor
140
People like that
166
Think tanks
195
Church state and charity
228
God under Howard
260
Reclaiming Australias soul
295
Timeline of major events
320
Notes
325
Index
365
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Page 150 - For he will command his angels concerning you To guard you in all your ways; They will lift you up in their hands, So that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
Page 293 - ... the people of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, and Tasmania, and also, if her majesty is satisfied that the people of Western Australia have agreed thereto, of Western Australia, shall be united in a federal commonwealth under the name of the Commonwealth of Australia.
Page 205 - There is a religious war going on in this country for the soul of America. It is a cultural war as critical to the kind of nation we shall be as the Cold War itself, for this war is for the soul of America.
Page 207 - I want to be invisible. I do guerrilla warfare. I paint my face and travel at night. You don't know it's over until you're in a body bag. You don't know until election night.
Page xii - A prince, therefore, need not necessarily have all the good qualities I mentioned above, but he should certainly appear to have them. I would even go so far as to say that if he has these qualities and always behaves accordingly he will find them harmful; if he only appears to have them they will render him service.
Page 172 - Americans are a free people, who know that freedom is the right of every person and the future of every nation. The liberty we prize is not America's gift to the world; it is God's gift to humanity.
Page 277 - Do this for six days. 4Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams' horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets.
Page 79 - Third, stigma will regenerate. The pressure on relatives and communities to pay for the folly of their children will make an illegitimate birth the socially horrific act it used to be, and getting a girl pregnant something boys do at the risk of facing a shotgun. Stigma and shotgun marriages may or may not be good for those on the receiving end, but their deterrent effect on others is wonderful - and indispensable What about women who can find no support but keep the baby anyway?
Page 258 - America, and more especially for the members of this patriotic organization. Wilt Thou be pleased to direct and prosper all our consultations to the advancement of Thy glory and the honor and welfare of this nation.
Page 303 - And when You see this Orb set under the Cross, remember that the whole World is subject to the Power and Empire of Christ our Redeemer.

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Marion Maddox is the leading authority on the intersection of religion and politics in Australia. She has taught at the Universities of Adelaide and South Australia, and is presently at Victoria University, Wellington.

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