While reading The Australian Book of Atheism, I've come to realise just how much public money goes towards religious education in Australia, and how much tax-free money a religious institution can rake in.
Shelley does not approve. In fact, having my hard-earned and willingly-paid taxes go towards teaching kids about Big Angry Sky Daddy while actual churches pay no tax is one of my least Favourite Things. With that in mind, I took a tune from one of the world's most cherished musicals and contorted it into a grumpy little verse. Because I have nothing better to do on a Sunday morning.
Hospitals, clinics and subsidised health care;
Sound infrastructure and asset-based welfare;
Natural disaster relief put aside;
These are the things that our taxes provide.
Teaching religion while school is in session;
Chaplains untrained in a childcare profession;
Catholic school funding held forth on a plate;
These should have nothing to do with the State.
Hardworking people with moderate income;
Small business owners whose books are fair dinkum;
Lucky investors whose capital grew;
These are the folks who pay tax when it’s due.
Cavernous churches with huge congregations;
Each one demanding faith, love and donations;
Some even teach song and dance for a fee;
These are the folks who get money for free.
While your belt’s tight;
And your fees sting;
While you’re feeling broke:
In Canberra they pander to God-fearing groups;
And make “secular” a joke.