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(Abc.net.au)   Dominionist mayor "rethinking" his decision to hire a city spiritual advisor and turn a government office into a prayer room after Satanists requested to book equal time in the room to perform a satanic blessing. Difficulty: Not America   (abc.net.au) divider line
    More: Obvious, Satanism, Councillor, City council, Worship, prayer room, Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate, Mr Tate, Ms Baynes  
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2022-05-18 5:05:49 PM  
"Gold Coast"?

Where's the gold?
 
2022-05-18 5:06:16 PM  
oh noes, the consequences of my own actions!

/anyway
 
2022-05-18 5:16:39 PM  
So he renamed it the R U OK room, for "quiet time".  Probably for "quiet" sermons from his spiritual advisor.

Damn, Australia, I thought you were cooler than this.
 
2022-05-18 5:52:44 PM  
Well, you know it isn't America because the religious nutjob is "rethinking" rather than doubling down.
 
2022-05-18 5:53:50 PM  
Australian satanists have it rough.  Their crosses are upside-down twice over, so they're mistaken for Christians.
 
2022-05-18 5:54:02 PM  
Every time I pray to Christ, I doubt Satan will intervene.
 
2022-05-18 6:00:18 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: So he renamed it the R U OK room, for "quiet time".  Probably for "quiet" sermons from his spiritual advisor.

Damn, Australia, I thought you were cooler than this.


Australia has the same problem with evangelical Christianity that we do.  Australia is the home of Answers in Genesis - the young earth creationist ministry.
 
2022-05-18 6:03:48 PM  
God bless the Satanists!
 
2022-05-18 6:04:39 PM  
The next mayor should appoint a Wiccan advisor, or Satanist advisor.

See how fast they decide that a "spiritual advisor" should not be something that the government should be paying for.
 
2022-05-18 6:05:20 PM  
Hardly an eclipse goes by without Queensland being in the local Queensland news.
 
2022-05-18 6:09:05 PM  
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2022-05-18 6:13:14 PM  

moresugar: God bless the Satanists!


The Simpsons - April Fools
Youtube lWDc1mlukfU
 
2022-05-18 6:14:18 PM  
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2022-05-18 6:19:43 PM  
Stop torturing Miles!
 
2022-05-18 6:20:49 PM  
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"Peace and love, homie."
This is the most vile, satanic blessing that I've ever seen using only $3 from the Dollar Tree.
 
2022-05-18 6:25:21 PM  
Kind of interesting, one of the sub links on the page goes to this https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-04-06/tom-tates-spiritual-adviser-warned-of-demonic-stronghold-at-hota/100964428 describing some more details of this scary new branch of "church".

Apparently this Dominionist sect did indeed start in the US, which is interesting since I had never heard of it. Anyway, the LOLWTF funnies in there is: the spiritual advisor warns there's demonic stronghold at this art center because she read on google maps that it was the gateway to surfer's paradise. Yep. The big demonic threat here is surfers. Or something...lol.
 
2022-05-18 6:27:15 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: So he renamed it the R U OK room, for "quiet time".  Probably for "quiet" sermons from his spiritual advisor.

Damn, Australia, I thought you were cooler than this.


Answers in Genesis was an Australian evangelical group.
 
2022-05-18 6:27:22 PM  
The Satanists are professional-grade trolls that get results.
 
2022-05-18 6:28:44 PM  

Olympic Trolling Judge: Australian satanists have it rough.  Their crosses are upside-down twice over, so they're mistaken for Christians.


No, it's okay, because the Christian crosses are upside-down too, so you can tell them apart.
 
2022-05-18 6:29:13 PM  

Stile4aly: Benevolent Misanthrope: So he renamed it the R U OK room, for "quiet time".  Probably for "quiet" sermons from his spiritual advisor.

Damn, Australia, I thought you were cooler than this.

Australia has the same problem with evangelical Christianity that we do.  Australia is the home of Answers in Genesis - the young earth creationist ministry.


And the infamous Hillsong church
 
2022-05-18 6:31:40 PM  
oh jesus christ
 
2022-05-18 6:37:10 PM  

Target Builder: Well, you know it isn't America because the religious nutjob is "rethinking" rather than doubling down.


Yup.

American religous nutjob: "I'm putting in a prayer room in council chambers."

Reasonable people: "You can't do that."

American religious nutjob: "Fine. I'm taking this to the Supreme Court"

Religous nutjobs on USSC: "Nutjob request approved. Also, do you want some school prayer with that?"
 
2022-05-18 6:37:36 PM  

gopher321: "Gold Coast"?

Where's the gold?


On the beach, where else?
 
2022-05-18 6:41:04 PM  
Satan is a giver.

Beck - Satan Gave me a Taco
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2022-05-18 6:41:19 PM  
"This is our prayer room. We welcome all faiths."

<Satanists show up>

"No, not like that."
 
2022-05-18 6:42:20 PM  
Isn't banana guy Ray Comfort Australian?
 
2022-05-18 6:48:02 PM  

gopher321: "Gold Coast"?

Where's the gold?


It's called the Gold Coast because it's tacky and Trump like. No wonder it has an unholy alliance with Dominionists.
 
2022-05-18 6:56:58 PM  

englaja: gopher321: "Gold Coast"?

Where's the gold?

It's called the Gold Coast because it's tacky and Trump like. No wonder it has an unholy alliance with Dominionists.


Can't throw a rock without hitting a bloody casino, and she's worked up about the art gallery.
 
2022-05-18 6:56:59 PM  

moresugar: God bless the Satanists!


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2022-05-18 9:30:12 PM  
The satanists are always the nicest, fairest people in the room. Any room. They do good work.

And they're hedonists. I bet they throw GREAT parties!
 
2022-05-18 9:33:24 PM  
'Mr Tate said the prayer room is no longer available for public bookings.
"The decision on anyone who [is] coming in our building is operational matter," he said.'

Which presumably means that the council's "pastoral adviser" would still be allowed to use it...
 
2022-05-18 9:36:32 PM  
You know...I am agnostic....but damned if the Satanists don't make a damn good set of arguments that aligns with a shiatton of my beliefs.

/I go to church when weddings or funerals are involved.  And even then if I can squeek by with just the visitation...I'm doin' my duty.
 
2022-05-18 10:02:15 PM  

fullyautomatic: Kind of interesting, one of the sub links on the page goes to this https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-04-06/tom-tates-spiritual-adviser-warned-of-demonic-stronghold-at-hota/100964428 describing some more details of this scary new branch of "church".

Apparently this Dominionist sect did indeed start in the US, which is interesting since I had never heard of it. Anyway, the LOLWTF funnies in there is: the spiritual advisor warns there's demonic stronghold at this art center because she read on google maps that it was the gateway to surfer's paradise. Yep. The big demonic threat here is surfers. Or something...lol.


You probably don't realise how inexpressibly stupid that is in context.  Because Surfer's Paradise is the official name of the suburb where the main shopping mall, surf beach and oh yeah the Gold Coast City Council chambers are.  This is like an advisor to the mayor of NYC expressing shock at the existence of Manhattan.

And while we do have a fundie problem in Australia, the crucial difference is that fundie politicians generally have to keep quiet about it.  Fundie churches are a great place to schmooze for votes in internal conservative party ballots, but about as popular as cold dog shiat in general elections.  The mayor is quite right in TFA that he shouldn't have called it a "prayer room"... because being overtly religious like that at work is going to lose him votes, even in a cashed-up-bogan-conservative town like the Gold Coast.
 
2022-05-18 10:02:40 PM  
How the fark did an ultra loonie Christian become mayor of the GC? Imagine Miami but with more meth, casinos, rednecks and a lower drinking age.
 
2022-05-18 10:11:27 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Damn, Australia, I thought you were cooler than this.


Bear in mind Australia's treatment of natives and immigrants, pushing fossil fuels while all *gestures vaguely* this is going on, and its most deadly exported animal: Rupert Murdoch.

/Australia has a lot of "no worries!"/"too easy!"/Crocodile Dundee veneer over a lot of bad shiat.
 
2022-05-18 10:20:44 PM  
We spent like $30,000 converting some storage in a lower level to a prayer/spiritual room. Even before our shift to WFH for the lockdowns, like 3 people used it daily, in a tower that had over 800 workers in it.
 
2022-05-18 11:17:18 PM  
The Commonwealth shall not make any law for establishing any religion, or for imposing any religious observance, or for prohibiting the free exercise of any religion, and no religious test shall be required as a qualification for any office or public trust under the Commonwealth.

-- Constitution of Australia, Chapter V, section 116
 
2022-05-19 1:15:34 AM  
Why is "Christian" capitalized but "satanic" is not?
 
2022-05-19 2:52:29 AM  

englaja: gopher321: "Gold Coast"?

Where's the gold?

It's called the Gold Coast because it's tacky and Trump like. No wonder it has an unholy alliance with Dominionists.


I have a theory about Australia:

The closer you get to the equator the stupider people get.

The issue is that it doesn't explain Tasmania.

It's a problem
 
2022-05-19 4:19:41 AM  

iron de havilland: Benevolent Misanthrope: Damn, Australia, I thought you were cooler than this.

Bear in mind Australia's treatment of natives and immigrants, pushing fossil fuels while all *gestures vaguely* this is going on, and its most deadly exported animal: Rupert Murdoch.

/Australia has a lot of "no worries!"/"too easy!"/Crocodile Dundee veneer over a lot of bad shiat.


Yes this is sadly correct. Australia's policies towards its indigenous people were at least as bad as South Africa's right into the 1960's. They've slowly moved forwards since then, but it's been a crawl up from a very low base so there's still a very, very long way to go.

About TFA, the important thing to remember about the Gold Coast region is that it's basically Australia's Florida. Queensland is Australia's Florida, Texas and Georgia all in one, but the Gold Coast is a pretty unique place. Just putting the words "Gold Coast" in front of something gives a whole new meaning. Take for example property developers. There are property developers, and then there are Gold Coast property developers, it's a whole new level. Same goes for words like prostitute, tycoon, fashion designer and, yes, mayor. The Gold Coast mayor is always going to be one of the scummiest mayors in this country, it's just how it all works.
 
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