The Australian Greens like to troll the conservatives around the time of religious holidays. It’s all good and harmless fun, you know. Cheer up, Tories; we live in a secular society, after all. The irony, of course, is that most of the established churches in Australia are strongly on the left of the political spectrum. I have no doubt that a large percentage of their flock vote for the Greens because of their “compassionate” social, economic, immigration, environmental and foreign policies. But hey, they probably get the joke, or at least I hope they do.
And with the joke so good you just have to keep repeating it:
But speaking of halal-certified, there are some religious holidays that the Greens are a lot more serious about:
No “nondenominational seasonal fasting” here. And yes, as the post says, there is a dinner too:
The Australian Greens are hosting an Iftar at Brunswick Town Hall, marking Ramadan and celebrating Victoria’s vibrant multicultural communities. Featured speakers include: Leader of the Australian Greens Senator Richard Di Natale and Leader of the Victorian Greens Samantha Ratnam MLC.
Ramadan is the fasting season for people of Muslim faith. By abstaining from basic necessities, they experience the deprivation felt by the less fortunate around the world. It is a season for community, charity and a time to spread love and peace. Most importantly, it is a time of deep reflection and spiritual renewal for Muslims.
Iftar is a daily occasion during Ramadan when fasts are broken and meals are shared. Therefore, this meal is a perfect time to come together and discuss the contribution of our Islamic community and the work of the Greens in support of a diverse and accepting Australia.
Haven’t the Muslims suffered enough deprivation during the Ramadan fasting to be then exposed to a speech by Richard Di Natale?
To be fair to Senator Rice, she does mention the C word in the context of celebrating our holy native fauna. Quoll’s the reason for the season.
Shamefully, Senator McKim, for all his commitment to a halal-certified Easter, has failed to post Ramadan wishes yet. Fortunately the dear leader and the Ifar guest speaker himself is leading by example:
Nothing holy about Christmas, in case you were wondering, though it seems that the working conditions at least are sacred:
Defenders of the Greens’ religious ambivalence like to point out that Christmas continues to be a national holiday despite being a religious observance in an increasingly secular and non-observant society. This justifies the proverbial taking Christ out of Christmas. By contrast, Ramadan is not a national holiday, which justifies different, more respectful treatment. Presumably, if Ramadan was a national holiday, the Greens would be as irreverent (secularism, everyone!), or if Christmas and Easter weren’t, they would more readily get into the spirit of the holy celebrations. Of course May Day/Labour Day is also a national holiday in a society that is increasingly deunionised and deindustrialised, yet the Greens celebrate with panache and full seriousness.
The real reason why you can afford to do whatever you want to do with Christmas and other Christian holidays – apart from the fact that at most some Christians will complain, but not riot, behead or detonate – is that Christianity is the old time religion associated with everything the Greens dislike and distrust, including the Western civilisation, conservatism, sexism, imperialism and other wrongs. On the other hand, Islam is the religion of “the Other” – of the immigrants, the marginalised, the oppressed, the victimised, the vilified, the phobied against. Ultimately, it’s not a question of faith but politics. Happy Ramadan to my Green friends.