The Buck Stops Where?4 December 2009
Parliament of the World’s Religions – Melbourne 2009 – 5000 attendees from around the world- $4.5 million grant from the Victorian Government.
Global Atheist Convention – Melbourne 2010 – 2000 attendees from around the world – Zilch, zero, nothing from the Victorian Government. (Story here)
What is this Government obsession with throwing money at religious organisations, most of whom are not really short of a bob or two?
After the fiasco of World Youth Day (a Catholic Church event) in Sydney, which cost the Australian people something in the region of $160 million, and the disclosure this week that two ‘Church’ of Scientology schools, with fewer than 100 pupils between them, are to receive $1.6 million in Federal Government subsidies, I wouldn’t blame the rest of the world thinking that Australia is a country rolling in cash and desperate to dole it out to anyone who asks.
But they draw the line at atheists, apparently.