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Monday, September 19, 2011

How dominionist is the Australian Christian Lobby?

The ACL denies that it wishes to impose a theocracy, but it certainly supports laws that are based on esoteric or otherworldly moralities associated with Christianity. That in itself is enough to worry about. Chrys Stevenson goes further, however, in a fascinating and detailed article on the ABC's Religion and Ethics portal. Among other things, she documents close connections between leading ACL figures and the US-based dominionist movement.

She suggests: "Just as responsible Muslims have distanced themselves from the lunatic ravings of Ibrahim Siddiq-Conlon [who advocates that Australia be governed by Sharia law], it is time for the leaders of Australia's mainstream Christian churches to publicly disassociate themselves from the right-wing, extremist, divisive dominionism of the ACL."

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