Christians have had enough of the detention of asylum seeker children. They aren't going to burn down politician offices, but they will sit in them and pray, writes Chris Bedding et al.
On Monday a nun was arrested. That's right, a nun. She was one of a crowd of Christian leaders who engaged in nonviolent sit-ins at the electorate offices of Bill Shorten and Tony Abbott. This is the latest#LoveMakesAWay action protesting indefinite imprisonment of children in our immigration detention centres. When nuns are cranky at this bipartisan brutality, its fair to say something is gravely wrong.
Recently, in a candid moment with the BBC, Malcolm Turnbull let slip what a lot of decent Australians are thinking, not just placard-waving radicals with witty Twitter handles, but families with mortgages who ferry their kids to weekend sport. "I don't think any of us are entirely comfortable with any policies relating to border protection," he said.
Malcolm is a team player, so he's never going to come right out and say it. But nuns will. Desperate people are coming to us seeking safety from persecution, and the way we treat them is wrong.
There's a long history of nonviolent protest in Christianity, but the average church leader doesn't actually break the law in this country. Australian Christianity has typically been a religion for the Prefect class - a good way to get a scholarship and be recruited by the right firm. There's even a new breed of Christian trying to convince people that they are cool. But all the Celtic cross tattoos and nasal piercings in the world can't hide the fact that Christianity is daggy.