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Julia Gillard and ‘religious faith’ – Please vote in polls
When Julia Gillard was sworn in as Prime Minister she used an ‘affirmation’ – not the traditional oath on the Bible. When asked about religion yesterday on the ABC, she said she didn’t believe in God and is “not a religious person” although she was brought up in the Baptist Church. She said “Iâ€™m not going to pretend a faith I donâ€™t feel” but added that she respected the religious views of others.
Although we are concerned about the Prime Minister being an atheist, at least she is being upfront about her beliefs!
Having an atheist as the Prime Minister is a significant development and a move away from the Christian heritage of our nation. We would like to see committed Christians having influence in the governing of our nation.
We posted a report on these matters – with links – on the front page of our website yesterday.
We’ve included that report below…
First two polls…
1. The Australian is currently running a poll on the issue – please vote YES!
True unbeliever – Do you care at all about Julia Gillard’s lack of religious faith?
The current vote is: Yes 23.87% (2378 votes)Â Â Â No 76.13% (7584 votes)Â Â Total votes: 9962
Please vote YES – to vote, click on http://www.theaustralian.com.au/ – scroll down on the RIGHT side of the page to the poll.
2. The Age is running a poll on whether Julia Gillard’s atheism will make her more open-minded on policy.
The inference is that non-Christians are more open-minded… especially since the Age tends to take that approach!
However, in Julia Gillard’s case she has already made up her mind on abortion, sexuality, Labor policy and so on and is not likely to consider the ‘Christian perspective’ in policy making.
Thus we’d answer the question with a ‘No’!
Poll: Will Julia Gillard’s atheism make her more open-minded on policy?
Current vote – Yes 64%, No – 36%, Total – 314 votes.
The poll is at the top of this article talking about religion in politics:
PM tells it as she sees it on the God issue, The Age, June 30, 2010.
Our report from the website….
Julia Gillard and religion
Some commentators and Christians have reported that when Julia Gillard was sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Australia she didn’t swear an oath whilst holding a Bible. She made an ‘affirmation’ instead.
It went “I, Julia Eileen Gillard, do solemnly and sincerely affirm and declare that I will well and truly serve the Commonwealth of Australia, her land and her people in the office of Prime Minister.”
Watch the video, as posted on Australian Christian Voter.
So where does Julia Gillard stand on matters of faith?
In the past it wasn’t always a question that occupied people’ thoughts, but with the election of Kevin Rudd as PM and then Tony Abbott as Opposition Leader it has become more significant.
In December 2009, Julia Gillard said she was a “non-practising Baptist” and “non-religious”. (Source – SMH))
This morning, in an interview on ABC radio, she was asked about the matter of faith. She told ABC radio that she was “raised in the Baptist tradition” but as an adult she had formed different views.
â€œI’m not a religious person. I was brought up in the Baptist Church but during my adult life I’ve, you know, found a different path. I’m of course a great respecter of religious beliefs, but they’re not my beliefs.â€
“Iâ€™m not going to pretend a faith I donâ€™t feel. 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.Â I think it’s not the right thing.â€Â ABC radio, AAP, 29/6/2010. Read report at The Australian.
At least she is frank and open about her beliefs and perspectives.
The Sydney Morning Herald ran a feature article analysing faith and politics… and considering which Prime Ministers have taken the oath on the Bible.Â
Strange mix of politics and faithÂ – SMH, June 26, 2010.
So what does Julia Gillard base her beliefs on?
She told the ABC “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.”
Mmmm – what perspective? And where do those values from from?
Meanwhile the women’s magazines are running extensive features on Julia Gillard and her de facto partner… according to this report, the magazine reports are focusing on where they met and so on …
The report concludes “And it was all good — none of the glossies contained negative commentary about the new Labor leader”.