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Labor Calls For Separation Of Church And State After Scott Morrison's Christian Speech

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Labor Calls For Separation Of Church And State After Scott Morrison's Christian Speech

The Opposition leader has hit out against the Prime Minister's speech at the Australian Christian Conference on the Gold Coast.

Scott Morrison's office has been very quiet about the appearance at ACC 2021 last week however has been forced to issue a statement after a full video of the 23-minute speech was uploaded to YouTube.

His comments have sparked a lot of opinions on whether the Prime Minister needs to separate his faith from his job as the country's leader.

Anthony Albanese has criticised the PM for claiming he's doing God's work.

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Credit: Anthony Albanese/Twitter
Credit: Anthony Albanese/Twitter

"The idea that God is on any politician's side is no more respectful than the idea that when someone's sporting team wins it's because of divine intervention," he told ABC Radio.

"I have no intention of making comments on the prime minister's faith, that is a matter for him. But it's also important that we have separation here of church and state."

There has been a lot of criticism on social media since the full video of Mr Morrison's speech was posted online.

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The Prime Minister spoke about the importance of community and how everyone has to do their bit to ensure Australia keeps running smoothly.

He issued a call of concern about social media and mentioned how it can be the 'work of the devil' because of its ability to cause outrage.

Mr Morrison said: "Sure, social media has its virtues and its values and enables us to connect with people in ways we've never had before.

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"But those weapons can also be used by the evil one and we need to call that out."

The Prime Minister explained to the crowd how he had used the Pentecostal notion of the 'laying of hands' on people while they're at a low point.

"I've been in evacuation centres where people thought I was just giving someone a hug and I was praying, and putting my hands on people...laying hands on them and praying in various situations," he said.

"God has, I believe, been using us in those moments to be able to provide some relief and comfort and just some reassurance."

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He also mentioned how God gave him a sign that he was to 'soar like an eagle' just before the federal election and that a pastor told him to 'use what God has put in your hands...to do what God has put in your heart'.

While addressing the attendees, he added: "I can't save the world, we both believe in someone who can. What you do and what you bring to the life and faith of our country is what it needs.

"It's so important that we continue to reach out and let every Australian know that they are important, that they are significant.

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"Because we believe that they are created in the image of God."

The Prime Minister's office has defended his speech and him attending the event.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said: "The Prime Minister was invited to address Tuesday night's event the same as he attends many other stakeholder events, including for other religious groups such as the Copts, Maronites, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim.

"The usual transport and security protocols were followed as they are for any event the Prime Minister attends."

Featured Image Credit: INChurch Melbourne/Facebook

Topics: Australia

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