Hmmm. Maybe I should cultivate some dreadlocks » « In which I am compared to Einstein These guys would get my vote It’s too bad that this is for the Secular Party of Australia. I’d like to see the Democrats run an ad like this here. Can you imagine the meltdown in the media? Share this:PrintEmailShare on TumblrTweet Hmmm. Maybe I should cultivate some dreadlocks » « In which I am compared to Einstein
I’d send this to everyone I know, except that I’d only know two people after that.
Brian English says
Cool! Sadly they’re not a major party. But maybe secular aussies can help get them balance of power in the Senate. That’s bother the god botherers.
Wow, I must be pretty ignorant of my own country’s politics. How else could it be that the first time I hear of a political party in Australia that I would be interested in voting for happens whilst reading a US blog?
Brendon Brewer says
Yes, I’m aware of this party and will be voting for them, and directing preferences to the Climate Change Coalition. Yay, pity none of them will ever get in. :)
Well, if I were Australian, they’d get my vote for using the music of the truly awesome Muse.
Ive found my Senate vote in OZ. So sick to death of these dumbass liberal god loving dimwits. Howard has always pissed me off. oh and i Love Chasers War on Everything. :)
Huh. John Perkins, president of the Secular Party of Australia, asserts that wearing burqas publically is an unreasonable imposition of muslim religious beliefs upon non-muslims because it enforces a one-way barrier to ordinary communication. Presumably by this assertion he means he wants to stop it. Here’s the article
This is a little extreme I think. Given the choice, if muslim women want to wear a great big sheet over their heads, let them. What’s really ridiculous though is when they get their I.D photo taken while wearing it, although I’m pretty sure that doesn’t happen in Australia.
For a real media meltdown, imagine of one the more rational republicans† ran an ad like that?
I’d still want to know what their specific politices and proposals are before voting for them (excepting tactical voting and other such games).
† I haven’t live in the States for decades. When I did, there were a few republicans politicians who didn’t appear to be batshite, crazy, and/or a lunatic. I assume that is still the case, albeit (from this distance) they are very hard to spot.
ilya zlatkovsky says
Kucinich really needs to run something like that. I think he may be too busy pretending to be catholic or whatever other religion he pretends to subscribe to.
While that ad is really poorly produced, I couldn’t agree more with its message. Maybe they would have better luck if they hired a pricier ad agency.
What’s interesting is that we’re discussing “major” and “minor” parties in Australian politics. In American politics, there’s one party of jackasses and the other party of slightly-almost-imperceptibly-less jackasses. It doesn’t leave the average American voter much to work with, does it?
Bravo. On an unrelated note, did anyone happen to catch Ted Kennedy’s speech totally blasting Michael Mukasey? It was priceless.
Regarding the production quality of the video, it should be pointed out that members have been making these videos themselves, for free.
To Bartlett – it’s not that surprising you haven’t heard of us, we’re still a small party and this is the first time we’re running candidates in an election. Wait another three years though and we’ll see what kind of position we’re in then. That said, if we’ve got a candidate in your state or territory then there should be an ad somewhere in your local newspaper today.
-Ash (Senate candidate for South Australia, Secular Party)
Ronald Brak says
Because of the potential for misunderstandings I’ll just mention that in Australia Liberal means conservative.
Ah, the “Everyone is a Strawman But Me” party. Classy.
Myers, you’re selling your credibility cheap, my friend.
Because of the potential for misunderstandings I’ll just mention that in Australia Liberal means conservative.
I believe it has something to do with the Cariolis effect. It affects the way politicians spin.
Rey Fox says
Muse? Why golly gee, I thought it was Radiohead!
It may seem hard to believe, boys and girls, but once, a long time ago, trolls occasionally made some token effort to appear as if they were making a coherent argument.
Strange, but true.
Possibly the funniest thing I’ve read in a long while!
Hey Ash, if you are still reading comments here can you clarify for us what the Secular Parties stance on Muslim women choosing to wear their burqa’s in public is?
Do you happen to know the name of the song? I must have it.
Nope, it’s MUSE – Apocalypse Please.
Bubba Sixpack says
Nancy Pelosi would introduce a condemnation resolution against anyone who dared show an ad like this in America.
Not at the moment, not really. I should point out two things – Although I have the full support of the Secular Party, technically I am running as an independent as the Party is not yet a registered political party, so I am allowed some independence from the party’s view,
Secondly, it’s 3.30am here so I can’t really get in touch with the party bigwigs and ask them to explain themselves in more detail.
Personally, I don’t care what anybody chooses to wear or for what reason. We wouldn’t tell people they couldn’t wear a burqa or veil or anything else because they wanted to, so we can’t do the same just because it’s for religious reasons. It could be seen as a difficult problem however, if one person thinks beliefs are being imposed on them due to someone wearing a burqa, hence violating their religious freedom, does that make it ok to violate the other’s freedom by forcing them to remove the burqa? (I would say no, personally)
It’s a bit too late at night for me to make much more sense than that. There’s a related article on religious attire and school uniforms here: http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/etc/Submissions/dress_codes/secularpartyofaustralia080607.pdf
“The wearing of crosses, hijabs, yarmulkas, or turbans, by adults, are necessary expressions of religious freedom”
Make of that what you will. I will try to get a more official answer once the sun is up.
In case it isn’t obvious by now I’m new to the politics game, but I guess I should state that everything here is my own opinion and doesn’t necessarily reflect the party’s view, or something like that.
Nancy Pelosi should be bonked a thousand times with a clue-by-four and then tossed out on her ear. First female Speaker, blah blah blah, but she clearly despises the very people who got her into office (the democratic base). Kick her out.
Mike Inside says
If there’s anyone from Sydney around here, don’t be shy and come along to some heathen meetups…
Sydney Atheists: atheists.meetup.com/524
Skeptics in the Pub: skeptics.com.au/events/inthepub.htm
These groups don’t have anything to do with the Secular Party, but Ian Bryce and John August (the two Secular candidates for NSW) are often in attendance so it’s a great way to get your questions answered. Either way, they are always fun nights!
And thanks for giving Australian secularism some publicity PZ :)
doug l says
I recently heard a Q&A with the Dalai Lama and when asked what the first thing he’d do were he given the power to create the modern Tibet said that he’d ban religion from government as each one can only lessen the other. It’s clear that a fervent belief in a divinity does not require that there be no wisdom. Let’s hope sentiments like that take wing.
Kris Verburgh says
I wish I was Autralian :-)
You know, I don’t like it. I mean, I’d vote for ’em if I had the option (not in my area, sadly), but why do parties I like have to pick a name that basically screams “one-issue, don’t take me seriously”? Why can’t you be a real party that also happens to be rational and secular?
…of course, I favour the name “the Bloody Angry Party”, so I’m probably not the best person to be whining about names that people don’t take seriously. :P
To our oppressed comrades in the Americanian Empire: see, this is an example of what you can do with preferential voting. We can protest vote. I can vote for teeny tiny parties like this as #1, and vote for my mainstream has-a-chance as my #2. If the little party can’t win after the first count, my vote stays alive and I still get a “real” vote. It’s not wasted.
But if this little teeny tiny party gets a heap of those first votes, suddenly it can get some senators, and some traction. New parties can start, and one day get the power to suck up to larger countries! People can actually vote for the folk they want to vote for instead of being forced to vote for one of the two options they think everyone else will vote for – which, of course, everyone else *will* vote for because they, too, have to worry about who everyone else will vote for. Round and round it goes, two parties, no real options. “Gee I hope the one party I can actually vote for does what I want it to do…”
Choice = democracy.
The good news is: that’s not the best part of the song. That’s not the best song on the album. And that’s not their best album.
And, if the major parties are closely matched, power massively disproportionate to its size.
On balance, I overwhelmingly favour PR, but it has its down sides.
Don’t most parties have names that scream one issue? Republican, Democratic, Labour, Green, etc. It’s just eventually the name becomes more associated with the party than the issue.
I’m voting for the entire Greens ticket in the Senate, or I’d preference these guys and the Climate Change Coalition (Senator Karl? I’d love to see that).
The link is broken, but you can still find the video here:
If they get votes for the Aussie Diaspora, I will vote for them. Until then I can’t.
the great and powerful oz says
On the voting ticket, the secular party are
The preference flow for each party if you vote “1” above the line is at http://aec.gov.au/pdf/elections/2007/gvt/NSW_2007_gvt.pdf
Obviously you can pick your own preferences if you vote below the line.
Secular Aussie says
They are only a newly formed political party. But they are GROWING at a fast rate. I suggest keeping an eye on them in the NEXT election, they may really make a splash.
Also please note: the voting tickets are different in each state
For info go to: http://www.secular.org.au/HowToVoteSecular.pdf
Yes Preferential Voting is definitely a good thing. As is (oddly) compulsory voting (the opinions of the apathetic middle being just a valuable of those of committed loonies). The problem is of course, that the status quo is supported by those in power, so there is no obvious way it is going to change. You need something like the German “Burgherinitiative” (citizens referendum) process to bootstrap such changes into other countries. Australia was just lucky with the time its democracy developed.
Should read .. being just as valuable as those of committed (in the sense of dedicated) loonies …
I seem to have developed some strange aversion to the word as. tic, tic…