Is the Australian Christian lobby dominionist?
The Australian Christian Lobby is a small group with a large political impact. In an article at the ABC website blog for Religion and Ethics, Chrys Stevenson examines the nature of this political beast.
Ibrahim Siddiq-Conlon is a religious extremist. Let's not mince words - he's a nutter. Conlon wants Australia to become an Islamic nation, ruled by sharia law. In an interview with the Australian in January 2011, he said:
"One day Australia will be ruled by sharia, no doubt ... That is why non-Muslims are worried, because they know one day they won't be able to drink their beer, they won't be able to eat their pork and they won't be able to do their homosexual acts, because one day they know they will be controlled."
For all his big talk, it's unlikely Conlon's dream will ever be realised. He has no power or support - even within his own religion. In fact, he's seen as such an embarrassment to the Muslim community, he's reputedly not welcome at the Lakemba mosque.
Conlon is certainly never invited to Parliament House so the Prime Minister can assure him his interests are being protected by her government; that privilege is reserved for a group of Christian extremists with much the same goal - to infiltrate our government and public institutions in order to impose their narrow religious views on the rest of us.
In November 2003 the National Alliance of Christian Leaders (NACL) held a summit to "develop a strategic blueprint for a discipled Australia." According to Helen Woodall, the editor of New Life Christian Newspaper, the goals agreed upon included:
"... unity in truth; recognition of Christ's authority in the church, family, individual and government; ... legislature to force Christian values; ... the kingdom permeating the structures of society; biblical government."
How is this any different from Siddiq-Conlon's extremist agenda?
Welcome to the wacky world of Christian dominionism - a movement which aims to see the breakdown of secular society and all the nations of the earth ruled by Biblical law.
Dominionism goes beyond Christians exercising their democratic right to be politically active. Dominionists aim to dominate the political process - to exercise "a disproportionate effect on the culture."