I criticised the change, thinking that I would be largely on my own in doing so. But the reader comments in the Herald Sun today are quite good - they have picked up on the shift in philosophy that the new promise represents.
Here's a sample:
Andrs: When people believe in nothing but themselves, what kind of a society are you bringing up?
Footscray Man: God out, Queen out. New Age self-congratulation in.
AJ: I notice it's gone from helping others to being primarily about the individual. I guess that's the world we live in nowadays.
We live in interesting times. The minds of some Westerners have been influenced to a mighty degree by liberalism, others have resisted. Pity that the resistance isn't better organised, but it's out there nonetheless. We have to encourage it as best we can.