MEDIA RELEASE: Swan Valley church ban is completely insane – Stonehouse

I really shouldn’t have to say this, but the proposed ban on the construction of new churches and other places of worship, in the Swan Valley, is completely insane.

You may think that organised religion is funny and goofy. Fine, you’re allowed to think that. But, to ban other people from catering for their religious practises is North Korea-levels of crazy.

There’s something fundamentally totalitarian about a mayor of a city saying that there’s enough suppliers of a particular good or service in their city.

Who is the Mayor to decide whether or not there’s enough of something in their city? It’s people who build churches, and its people who decide whether or not they are needed.

It’s moments like these when Australians need to have a long hard think about the type of country we are becoming, and ask themselves: do we value religious freedom or do we not?

If we value religious freedom, then the Premier and every other community leader in Western Australia should come out and condemn this proposal.

I will do some research about how the City is proposing to carry out this ban, and if it is through a by-law or a regulation, I will move a disallowance motion in the upper house to block it.

When new migrants take the oath of allegiance, they promise to respect and uphold the democratic beliefs, rights and liberties of Australia.

The Mayor of Swan is failing to uphold the very oath that he oversees at citizenship ceremonies, and he should seriously consider whether he is the right person for the job.