+ Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney
8 Aug 2010
Recently while on parish visitation I met the young adults group for an evening's discussion.
One of them asked me how he should vote in the coming Federal election. I replied that it was not my role to tell them how to vote, but I would make a couple of points.
First of all they should look at the policies and personal views of the individual candidates. Good and wise people are needed in the major political parties.
Many people, including myself, are concerned about the environment, so my second point was to urge my listeners to examine the policies of the Greens on their website and judge for themselves how thoroughly anti-Christian they are.
In 1996 the Green leader Bob Brown coauthored a short book The Greens with the notorious philosopher Peter Singer (now at Princeton University in U.S.A.), who rejects the unique status of humans and supports infanticide, as well as abortion and euthanasia.
They claimed humans are simply another smarter animal, so that humans and animals are on the same or similar levels depending on their level of consciousness. This Green ethic is designed to replace Judaeo-Christianity.
Some Greens have taken this anti-Christian line further by claiming that no religious argumentation should be permitted in public debate.
Not surprisingly they are often inconsistent on this issue, welcoming Christian support for refugees, but denying that any type of religious reasoning should be allowed on other matters.
One wing of the Greens are like water melons, green outside and red inside. A number were Stalinists, supporting Soviet oppression. A few years ago they even tried unsuccessfully to use the privileges committee of the N.S.W. Legislative Council to silence religious voices in public debate.
The Greens are opposed to religious schools and would destroy the rights of those schools to hire staff and control enrolments. Funding for non-government schools would be returned to the levels of 2003-04.
Already in Canberra, Green pressure was one factor in the attacks on Calvary Hospital, because they were not providing abortions.
Naturally the Greens are hostile to the notion of the family, man, woman and children, which they see as only one among a set of alternatives. They would allow marriage regardless of sexuality or gender identity.
We all accept the necessity of a healthy environment, but Green policies are impractical and expensive, which will not help the poor.
For those who value our present way of life, the Greens are sweet camouflaged poison.