In an article in The Australian, Jill Rowbotham interviews the Anglican military bishop Tom Frame (ie. he is a bishop for the military, not the “Onward-Christian-Soldiers” type which Melbourne Catholics are hoping for in their prayers!)
I’m not too fussed with the article itself, but I did perk up a little at this paragraph:
“At the same time the Australian Democrats’ online survey, God and
Government, was allegedly bombed by a Christian campaign in which 40,000
people responded, overwhelmingly pro-church in their answers. (A normal
response rate is 1000.) The God survey yielded no information about what
the broad community thinks, but confirmed that some in the churches are not
prepared to take perceived attacks lying down.”
“Bombed”? “Attacks”? Golly. Whoever heard of survey being “bombed” before? Is this leakage onto the Opinion page from the World News section?
And the logic (or lack of it) in that conclusion is quite breath-taking, isn’t it? A survey is overwhelmingly successful in its response rate and so it is deemed unsucessful. The “broad community” is someone else other than the 39,000 who responded with the “wrong” answers, ie. the religious answers, as opposed to the “right” answers, ie. the secular atheistic ones.
One presumes that the secular atheists got out in force too, not only the Christians. I imagine that the entire secular atheistic community in Australia voted in the survey (yep, all 1000 of them–the ones that are the “normal” respondents to such a survey).