I agree that we need some charismatic out atheists getting into politics. I'd do it, but I'm not sure I am willing to put up with the corruption that appears to pervade politics at every level, and finances dictate otherwise. I'm tired of being broke all the time now.
Hey, thanks for the advice. She ended up pulling through the surgery, and now she's recovering, but she's still really old as it is. When that day does come, I think I'm just going to go with the flow as you said. I'm not looking to make a scene and I hope you're right that nobody will pull me aside to lambaste me. :-\
Eli and Lamar; I have correction to make about the show. When talking about Julia Gillard (my new PM) whose name you say weirdly, you said she was elected this is not true, she actually came to power cause Kevin Rudd who meant well but was shit and unpopular was toppled in a very fast and exciting late night/early morning leadership spill that put Julia in power very quickly. An election will be held soon though that's why they wanted to get rid of Rudd.
Correction noted. We are grossly ignorant about the political process in Australia and grateful for the correction. Sadly, half of my impression of the 'Land Down Under' comes from the Crocodile Hunter, Crocodile Dundee, Men at Work and Mad Max and the other half from my own experiences during a port call in Darwin while in the Navy. In other words, I know jack shit about Australia and every time the subject of Aussie religion and politics comes up on the show, I just know I'm about to get something badly wrong.