Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Australia’s New Prime Minister is an Atheist

Julia Gillard told ABC radio in Melbourne . . . "I am, of course, a great respecter of religious beliefs, but they are not my beliefs."

-- From "'I don't believe in God,' says Australia's first female PM" by (UK) Daily Mail, Foreign Service 6/30/10

[The Prime Minister said,] "For people of faith, I think the greatest compliment I could pay them is to respect their genuinely-held beliefs and not to engage in some pretence about mine."

Ms Gillard’s views are in contrast with those of former prime minister Kevin Rudd, who was a regular at Canberra church services and opposition leader Tony Abbot, who is a devout Catholic.

Ms Gillard, who was born in the Welsh town of Barry, revealed she had been raised as a Baptist, before converting to Atheism.

The Australian Christian Lobby has since warned Australia’s first female Prime Minister that she may have turned off some of her Christian voters with her comments.

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