The Australian Christian Lobby has expressed disappointment that Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon wants to take away an important part of Australia’s cultural heritage by seeking the removal of the Lord’s Prayer from Federal Parliament.

“It is regrettable that the Greens cannot tolerate the words of Jesus,” ACL managing director Lyle Shelton said.   

“Jesus is recognised as one of most important - if not the most important - moral and spiritual teachers of all time and his teachings are what Australia and its institutions are based on.  

 “It is values based on the teachings of Jesus that have made Australia such an attractive place in which to live.

“Since 1901, the prayer has been recited at the start of each sitting day in the senate and house of representatives by the president and speaker respectively,” ACL managing director Lyle Shelton said.

“We daily recognise indigenous heritage in parliament and prayer in parliament recognises western cultural heritage,” Mr Shelton said.

As expressed in The Australian today, the Christian ethos underpins Australia’s democracy.

“The Lord’s Prayer has a legitimate place in parliament and should continue to be a part of the daily ceremonial opening,” Mr Shelton said.

“The ideas emanating from the Christian faith – including those of what it means to promote human flourishing - are an important contribution in debating how best to govern society.”