The Christian Influence Of Australia

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Australia, as a secular nation, declares freedom for all citizens in its constitution. However, it appears for influence of Christianity is still prevalent in its political agenda. This Christian influence comes from Australia’s settlement in 1788. The underlying Christian influence affects the political agenda in many ways: 2 of which are marriage equality, and inequality for same-sex couples in adoption and surrogacy laws.

Australia’s history has many Christian roots and aspects weaved into it. This is evident even in today’s society, despite the constitutions declaration that prevents the Commonwealth from establishing any religion. In 1788 the convicts came on the first fleet and with it comes many Christians from the British Isles. This included many sub-branches of Anglicans, Catholics, Presbyterians, Methodists, Congregationalists, and Baptists. In the 18th and 19th centuries hundreds of Irish Catholics were transported to Australia. In 1800 an Irish Priest arrived in Australia and the Governor King decided that the Catholics could celebrate mass after years of not being able to hold mass. The first recorded mass was in 1803. Later in 1804, worship was banned because Marsden believed Catholics planned rebellions in Mass, as a consequence of harsh conditions, the Catholics rebelled. Up until the 1820s the Catholic Church had few rights and buildings left in Australia. Two Catholic priests arrived in 1820 and were allowed to minister to Catholics. In 1829 the English

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