The Conservative Party's South Australian Senate candidate Rikki Lambert has blasted the Greens bid to scrap traditional prayer in the Senate in a move he says encouraged groups like the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and undermined Australian values.
The Daily Telegraph reports, Mr Lambert has accused the Greens of wanting to “tear our traditions down” by scrapping the Lord’s Prayer from the start of Senate sittings.
The Greens want the prayer replaced with a statement that reads “Senators, let us in silence pray or reflect upon our responsibilities to all people of Australia and to future generations.”
A Senate Committee was established to consider the proposal and will hand down its findings next week.
The Committee received 320 submissions both for and against the proposal including one from South Australia’s 'Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster'.
Mr Lambert said the Greens’ bid to ditch the prayer had opened the door for organisations like the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, who say they practice the religion of Pastafarianism.
“Green activism opens the way to foreign influences and ever-crazier ideologies demanding they also be accommodated,” Mr Lambert said.
“It’s time the Greens took the colander off their heads and started respecting Australian tradition, and the best way to do that is to throw them out of Parliament at the next election.”
One of Mr Lambert's primary opponents in the race for 6 senate seats in South Australia is the Greens' Sarah Hanson-Young.
In it’s submission to the Senate inquiry Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster spokeswoman Captain Tanya Watkins backed the Green’s move to remove the Lord's Prayer from parliament.
In 2014 an Adelaide man and Pastafarian lost his bid to be able to wear a colander on his head in his drivers licence picture arguing it was a religious head piece.
Here's a sample of Pastafarian ideology:
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