In an article entitled, When sleaze and God collide, the Parramatta Advertiser this week reported, “Brothels and places of worship developments are now on Parramatta Council’s hit-list after Monday night’s amazing council meeting … To some councillors, both houses of ill-repute and future houses of God fall into the same category they need to be tightly controlled.”
Okay, possibly a bit of a beat up. The writer later went on to say, “The Advertiser believes intertwining these two issues was a way to sway anti-brothel campaigner Cr McDermott and Cr Issa who, two weeks ago, had said he ‘could not being able to sleep’ if he rejected churches from R2 zones.”
Personally I think the interesting subtext here is the hint of Hillsong hysteria, as “Cr Lloyd said residents feared places of public worship would buy up blocks of land in suburban areas to build large establishments.” You may recall the Dancing banned in church … By the Government incident I reported back in April. Could the rise of the megachurches be backfiring, legislation wise, on microchurches? Could the loudness of contemporary worship spell the end of residential worship?