“Hillsong Church founder Brian Houston has reportedly been accused of “indiscretions” towards two women” (thenewdaily)
Unfortunately our Prime Minister Scott Morrison is associated with this cult and it does not bode well for him in a country with 60% atheists, agnostics and no religion including the many disappointed conservative theists. I think we should give up using the word “religion” because I remember some decades ago this kind of abusive behaviour was normal and sometimes an acceptable life style for some cults and I expect the half decent Christian people would be disgusted and ashamed yet again.
To be fair, this issue has not been through the courts yet but these kind of accusations are expected to come to the front on occasion regardless of the faith involved. Houston may be found not guilty through legal process or insanity, but history tells us it is unlikely.
These groups of people and branches of various religious denominations are tight knit conservatives and it is quite clear that there would be a phenomenal amount of abuse cases if they were all legally reported to the police as they should have been.
I must ask theists, why would you send your children to a church or even a religious school these days and take the risk because if anything happens you might never know it happened and could negatively affect your child ?
It is a very fine line regarding the quality between private and public schools in Australia and the benefits of paying $20,000 to $30,000 or more for a private school each year do not appear to add up in regards of the overall value in education and bang for your buck. This is a fairly recent publication. https://alchemytuition.com.au/public-vs-private-school/
I would also be very sceptical of religious private schools who are strongly ideological rather than educationally driven because even the basics of history, science and chemistry can be moulded and warped into Biblical myths. Likely not an issue for parents who are religious fanatics but if you are an average “sitting on the theist\science fence” or educationally orientated parents you may not completely understand what your child could be indoctrinated into and you may not be consulted.
Is it impossible for worshippers to attribute reverent honour, homage and subservience to their God at home or together with friends in a private home without requiring ordained priests or ministers of religion to oversee them? Did Jesus not say “worship of God is not about venues, sites, or structures”? I am sure the perceived Jesus would be gobsmacked over the massive size, money oozing entertainment and glitzy projection from the rich churches today, and I am sure they and their worshippers would be destroyed by sulphur and fire just like Sodom and Gomorrah.
Think of the safety and savings, instead of giving to the church use collection money for a worthy charity such as animal rescue or children’s care agency in your own town not for wages or church roof repairs.
I would rather see exactly where my donations go, especially if it is a percentage of my annual income. Donating your cash directly through legitimate money raising sites for flood or fire victims would be the most appropriate place to donate in Australia these days.