New Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard Affirms Her Non-Belief, Will Not Patronize Believers

New Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard Affirms Her Non-Belief, Will Not Patronize Believers June 29, 2010

I love what she has to say and do not know why anyone, religious or irreligious, would prefer a faith panderer to this, even if the faithful politician was at least somewhat sincere:

She says does not go through religious rituals for the sake of appearance.

“I am not going to pretend a faith I don’t feel,” she said.

“I am what I am and people will judge that.

“For people of faith, I think the greatest compliment I could pay to them is to respect their genuinely held beliefs and not to engage in some pretence about mine.”

“I grew up in the Christian church, a Christian background. I won prizes for catechism, for being able to remember Bible verses. I am steeped in that tradition, but I’ve made decisions in my adult life about my own views.

“I’m worried about the national interest. About doing the right thing by Australians. And I’ll allow people to form their own views about whatever is going to drive their views.

“What I can say to Australians broadly of course is I believe you can be a person of strong principle and values from a variety of perspectives.”

Actually, I take back what I said above.  Not the part about loving what she has to say and thinking anyone should want this attitude in a political leader.  Rather the part about having no idea why any of the faithful would prefer a panderer.  I think I do have an idea about that and I wrote about it already, Disambiguating Faith: The Threatening Abomination Of The Faithless.

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