It is not all that long ago that Australia was in the grip of other bitter, very bitter, conflict between the Protestant and Catholic branches of Christianity.
It is quite possible the Catholic Church is wealthy enough to pay for all its schools effectively making the approximately $5B+ contributed by the Commonwealth redundant.
The re-enchantment of the world by way of the Christian story and the art that attends it exists in parallel with our physical understanding of how the world works.
Who we are as people is defined by things much deeper than how we define our sexuality.
Given the universal human rights of freedom of speech, freedom of assembly etc etc, should there be a separate and additional category of religious rights?
If people are hungry for spiritual fulfilment at writers festivals, then they'll end up starving.
Our gods, not even recognised as gods but given the same reverence, are such as human rights, freedom of choice and speech and democracy.
It apparently matters not that the Pope can ignore the Fundamental Agreement made by the Holy See with Israel when it suits the Pope to do so.
It has been apparent (to me at least) that the Easter story and the Anzac story have been engaged in their own war of myths for a long time, escalating in the last decade.
There has been talk of 'values' as if it is recognized that we have lost all but means and ends; but it is hardly convincing.
But this is by no means the sum of it. As Nietzsche's Parable of the Madman indicates, the modern age is one in which God dies at our own hands.
Whether you believe the Easter story or not, in a world of 'total work' the tale is otherworldly enough to disturb our notions of work and rest.