Australians may not go to church as often as we used to, but there’s no escaping the influence religion is having on our lives.
Socially and politically, religious leaders are using their clout and followers to influence the debate, whether it’s on topics such as same-sex marriage, euthanasia, abortion. It’s not just the cardinals, rabbis and clerics who are shouting from the pulpit either. Religious lobby groups are making noise (and getting results).
And then there’s our reliance on religious-backed social services, such as hospitals, schools and aged care facilities. From the cradle to the grave, the government is increasingly looking to the church to take care of us.
Who’s putting religion into our lives? It’s a sermon ripe for scrutiny.