The Australian secondary-school system promotes a preposterous so-called chaplaincy program, which means that public funds are used to enable Christian proselytizers to brainwash school kids. Most Australians have known all along that such a situation is simply not right, but the absurdity of this state-assisted religious brainwashing has just been brought to light through the tardy analysis of a speech made by a certain Evonne Paddison, head of a religious organization that seeks to take advantage of government funding, back in 2008. She said: "In Australia, we have a God-given open door to children and young people with the Gospel. Our federal and state governments allow us to take the Christian faith into our schools and share it. We need to go and make disciples. What really matters is seizing the God-given opportunity we have to reach kids in schools."
I've always believed that there are many fine things in the time-honored style of Australian secondary-school education. Personally, I'm a "product" of the rural dimension of this system, and I've always taken pleasure in pointing out what appears to me as good about my schooling in Grafton.
If you believe, like me, that it's time to put an end to the chaplaincy scam in Australian secondary schools, you might vote NO in this newspaper poll.