One of Australia’s most senior Christians has labelled “insulting” a union tweet ridiculing Scott Morrison’s worship at church yesterday.
The Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union last night had to remove a post where it poked fun at the Prime Minister’s attendance at his Pentecostal Horizon Church in Sydney’s north.
Australian Jesuit priest, human rights lawyer and academic Father Frank Brennan said the tweet was horrible and in very poor taste.
“It is insulting not only to the Prime Minister but also all citizens of goodwill who are religious — be they Muslim, Christian or Jewish,” Father Brennan said.
“All union members should be respectful of religious citizens even if they atheist or secular themselves. They should apologise and seek forgiveness from the Prime Minister.”
The WA branch of the CFMMEU posted a picture of Mr Morrison worshipping with the commentary: “beware of false prophets (or should that be profits?) to its more than 10,000 followers at 11.52am yesterday.
The union only removed the tweet after The West Australian called national secretary Dave Noonan and alerted him to the post.
“We should not be using someone’s faith to have a crack at them,” Mr Noonan said.
He would not say if any action would be taken against the person who posted the tweet.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, who before entering politics was national secretary of the Australian Workers Union, was travelling last night and his spokesman said he was unable to comment on the tweet.
The rise of Mr Morrison — Australia’s first Pentecostal prime minister — to the nation’s top job has put a spotlight on the Horizon Church.
And the election campaign prompted the PM to invite news cameras to a service for the first time yesterday, giving voters a rare glimpse into his faith and Sunday ritual when he is in his home city.
He and his wife Jenny sang and clapped to the music — and occasionally threw their hands in their air — as they celebrated joy and hope with almost 1000 other congregants.
The West Australian understands Mr Morrison is close to the church’s senior pastor, Brad Bonhomme. But Mr Bonhomme, who was raised in Perth, denies acting as a spiritual adviser to the Prime Minister, who he calls “Scott” and whose family he claims to treat “like every other family”.