The report, which was delayed for six months, has now had exactly the opposite effect of that intended.
Scott Morrison is trying to find the right balance between his dual image as a devout Christian, and a daggy but relatable suburban dad.
The style of debate coming from Australian churches usually proves one thing: slippery slope arguments tend to find themselves on the wrong side of history.
What type of evangelical is Scott Morrison? The overnight Christian who sought God for practical reasons? Or is he the true believer, who got the faith young, and sees it as the core organising principle of his world?
Is the Wentworth byelection acting as a cover for yet another initiative on the Christian right's agenda?
The new hope of the Liberal Party, as they see it, is a corner of the society that forever believes Jesus wants to lower taxes and stop the boats.
Scott Morrison has a hang-up about LGBTIQ issues, and it appears to drive his obsession with religious freedom. It's an obsession his government could do without.
We still don't know exactly what is in Ruddock's review into "religious freedom", but we should be mighty worried about it.
The government's focus should be on convincing voters it is working in their interests. Instead, Scott Morrison is obsessed with placating the far right.