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Your views: On the Libs' Pentecostal recruitment, footy umpires and the Central Market

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Today, readers comment on moves by senior South Australian Liberals to step up recruitment in Pentecostal churches, the AFL’s umpiring issues, and the Central Market Arcade redevelopment.

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Commenting on the story: The Divine Right – Pentecostal recruitment drive divides SA Libs

It is extraordinary to hear a Minister of the Crown promote the melding of church and state and the abrogation of the role of the Upper House in our Parliament.  His apparent disregard for the role of the Upper House in the democratic process is matched only by his proclivity for ill-considered public utterances. – Warren Jones

Very scary. I don’t believe in any religion dictating or enforcing their religious beliefs upon me. – Christine Neal

InDaily – fake news, absolutely not? Alex Antic sounds a lot like Donald Trump. Heaven forbid that we end up with people like him running the show. All politicians and aspiring politicians should be obliged to declare their religious affiliations and how that affects/will affect the way they vote in parliament and what legislation they may or may not support. Churches are basically unaccountable to anyone, even their own members. Anyone can start one and if you have the gift of the gab, you can make a lot of money and not pay tax. – Geoff Sauer

I enjoy receiving In Daily, however, I was puzzled by the article on the Pentecostal recruitment into the political scene in South Australia. Certainly, there was a leaning towards the Liberal party/right of politics, but as I read and listened to the Pastor speaking there was also an invitation to get involved in politics in general, not just one party.

From time to time there have been calls from politicians of all sides for religious people to stay out of politics; however, for Christians, being involved in politics goes with the call to stand up for the poor and marginalised. I see nothing sinister in what is going on, any more than if the Labor Party was doing the same thing. Each party should get out there and try and recruit as many people as possible and make the debate as wide as possible.

Perhaps you could let me know what the purpose of the article was? Was it to show that Pentecostals are dangerous? Was it to say that religious people should not be involved? Was it to critique one side of the political spectrum rather than the other? I personally would not have a great deal in common with the political stance of the people in that Church; however, I applaud the passion to become involved in shaping policy.

I was extremely disappointed in the way the article was put together. It seemed to feed into the accusation that the publication is only interested in that which could be identified as ‘the left’ rather than in the broad spectrum of ideas. More than anything now in an increasingly polarised society we need the clash of good ideas, not ideological publishing. – Peter Powell

Commenting on the story: Blowing the whistle on footy’s umpiring challenges

So far as the holding the ball rule goes, when tackled and the player being tackled is trying to get rid of the ball, and the ball is held to him by the tackler, then the tackler should go for “holding the ball”. After a while of being pinged, the tackler will stop holding the ball to the tackled, the ball will spill and play will go on, thus reducing the number of stoppages and the game might get back to 28 minute quarters again. – Fred Driver

Commenting on the story: Pandemic delays $400m Central Market Arcade redevelopment

I wish the Central Market Authority chairman Theo Maras would realise that once you change the aesthetics of a building in any way, shape or form, you can’t turn back time. The Central Market is unique for what it represents, character and history. Sure it may generate $135 million to the state’s economy and create more than 1000 construction jobs, but at what cost? Sacrificing our heritage? Progress? Tourists come to our unique Central Market as it differs from other markets around the world. Please let’s keep it that way. – Julie Craven

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