Doing my research.

“I advise parents to go out and do their own research with regards to this. No one is going to care any more about the child than the parents themselves. Make an informed decision. What I don’t like about it is the blackmailing that’s happening with the government. Don’t do that to people. That’s a dictatorship.”

-Senator Pauline Hanson.

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Senator Hanson has urged parents to do their research regarding childhood immunisation and referred to the No Jab, No Pay policy as blackmail and the hallmark of a dictatorship. She’s also previously linked vaccination as a cause of autism and cancer, so I decided it was time to do a little “research“, just as Pauline suggests. I’m sharing it here so that other parents can make an informed decision about whether or not they’ll take the Senator’s advice on health issues, as well.

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 “Play the ball, not the man.”

In a world gone somewhat mad, I’m seeing a lot of people imploring each other to respect the opinions of others, even when they don’t agree. To respect other people, even though they have a (sometimes wildly) different point of view on some really important, world-changing issues. Play the ball, as it were. Hold a different point of view, by all means, but remember that opinions are (apparently) sacrosanct.

“We are all different, after all, right? That’s what makes life interesting! It’s not right to disrespect someone because they voted differently to how you did or would.”

What I’m taking away from this is that it’s basically acceptable to criticise an idea or an opinion. But apparently, we must do so without criticising the person that holds it. Maybe this is true when the opinion is a minor one; a matter of personal taste that effects no one else. What about when it’s bigger than that?

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We have a census coming up. Time to freak out. Some people have concerns over their privacy and information security, others are worried that they haven’t received their login details or forms yet, but let’s get on to the bigger issue, here.

The Muslims!

According to some bloke on Facebook that I’ve never heard of, we should all identify as Christian in the religion section of the national questionnaire. Why? Because if we don’t, all the Muslim people will identify as Muslim. (Spoiler alert: Muslim people will most likely identify as Muslim in the census, regardless of what you or I identify as. Muslims aren’t actually identifying as Muslims to spite people that aren’t Muslims. I have this information on good authority. Who knew?)

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It’s no secret that I’m an atheist; it’s just one facet of who I am. I’m not particularly bothered if you choose to have a religion; that’s your business and nothing to do with me. As an atheist, I just don’t believe in a god or follow a religion. I do talk about atheism and share thoughts on religion, but usually with like-minded people or people that have specifically asked me what I think. I generally don’t tell religious people, unsolicited, why I think they shouldn’t be religious. I don’t seek out religious people to criticise or dissect their beliefs. I don’t seek them out to list all the reasons I think they should abandon their faith.

I don’t do all of that for a few reasons.

  1. It’s largely pointless. If someone has a strong faith, nothing I say will change it. They need to question it themselves for it to change.
  2. I can’t speak for all atheists but generally, I don’t “recruit”. If someone wants to ask questions, they will.
  3. It’s not up to me to instruct people in what they should think and feel. That seems presumptuous and kinda rude.

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