Thanks for posting this clip of Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, running for reelection, explaining his support for marriage equality as a product of an "informed conscience" -- and a "good Christian conscience"! Both the candidate and the questioner are theists.
Pastor Matt Prater: "...if you call yourself a Christian, why don't you believe the words of Jesus in the Bible?"
Rudd: "Well, mate, if I was going to have that view, the Bible also says that slavery is a natural condition. [Applause] Because Saint Paul said in the New Testament, 'Slaves, be obedient to your masters', and therefore we should all have fought for the Confederacy in the U.S. Civil War...."
I have taken to arguing from a christian point of view (little "c" because big "C" smacks of theism, and I take pains to point out that when most people say they are Christian, they mean Paulist Christian, and that is anathema to what their legendary prophet taught). I argue that the ideals of the person they call Jesus are worthy of emulation for the most part, but Christians simply do not follow them. It is difficult to find that many Christians today who are charitable (compare the prosperity gospel to the prophet's statement, "A rich man shall no sooner enter the Kingdom than a camel will pass through the eye of a needle"), who are compassionate (the Jesus I was taught about would never condemn the sexual minorities: he partied with 12 men and a prostitute), and empathetic (tea party Christians support Paul Ryan's budget, which is tragically harmful to the poor, the middle class, young people, old people, and women). No, the Pauline Christians (aha, a double entendre: Saul/Paul and Paul Ryan!) are phoney baloney. They are about as christian as Marx was a capitalist.
This is so much better than the prior prime minister, Julia Guillard, openly atheist, ardently feminist, strongly outspoken for equality for herself and other women, but who didn't give a flying fuck about how LGBT people were treated. She actively campaigned against her own party and the majority in her country, to oppose marriage equality.
I don't know what it means that a christian politician would be outspokenly for marriage equality, and so thoroughly and effectively slam down that dumshit christian preacher, while the atheist, feminist prime minister threw LGBT people under the bus. But I'm glad to see this progress in Australia.
I LIKE this guy. The US needs a politician this thoughtful, well-spoken and OUT-spoken!
Just Plain EXCELLENT!
Looks like Rudd lost, and now the conservative "Liberal" party will be in charge. Not understanding Australian politics, I wonder how that naming works out. So probably no marriage equality until the conservative Liberals lose somewhere down the line, so the liberal Labor party will come into power again. Hopefully, they won't recycle Julia Guillard, the antigay atheist liberal Labor former leader.
Someone can correct me if I'm wrong.
Conservative Liberal? Isn't that oxymoronic? Or is it just moronic?