Christian Privilege in Australia, as demonstrated by our Prime Minister

When a wacky fundamentalist Islamic Cleric Samir Abu Hamza says that its okay for men to rape and beat their wives our Prime Minister rightly condemns it.
"Under no circumstances is sexual violence permissible or acceptable in Australia - under no circumstances," he said. "Under no circumstances are other forms of violence, physical violence, acceptable towards women in Australia nor are they acceptable in my view to mainstream Muslim teachings.

'"Australia will not tolerate these sort of remarks. They don't belong in modern Australia, and he should stand up, repudiate them and apologise."

[Daily Telegraph January 22, 2009]
But when talking about Catholic Clergy Abuse he had this to say to David Speers of Sky News:
SPEERS: Just quickly Prime Minister your meeting the Pope today. The apology issue, the victims of sex abuse within the church. How important is an apology from the Pope in your view? PM: This is a matter for the church and I respect the internal judgements of the church. I don’t stand outside the church and provide them with public lectures in terms of how they should behave. I’ve noted carefully what his Holiness has said in the United States. Obviously that was a source of great comfort and healing in the United States. I’m like all Australians very much looking forward to what the Pope has to say here in Australia as well, as I am to my own conversation with the Pope later this morning.

[Interview with David Speers, Sky News]
So is this a matter of picking the low hanging fruit to score some points with red neck Christian Australia? Fear of flack from Catholics, from the Church?

Very easy to criticise a radical cleric, but when it comes to putting pressure on an organisation involved in world wide systematic sexual abuse of children it’s hands off. Because the church can be trusted to self regulate. Check out Broken Rites to see how well they self regulate.

The message:

Under no circumstances is sexual violence permissible or acceptable in Australia… unless you’re catholic clergy.

And this government has the gall to cry out “Think of the Children” when it comes to internet filtering.

H/T John Brown

Cross posted on Sean the Blogonaut

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Comment by Chrys Stevenson on August 9, 2009 at 1:57am
This is Rudd in a 2006 Lateline interview - revealing isn't it?

"The reason I started [to call for the de-secularization of the Labor Party] a
couple of years ago and was asked to chair the Caucus Committee on Faith
Politics and Values was because of the emergence of Family First. We
became very concerned at the last Federal election that Family First, with
strong links to various evangelical and Pentecostal churches, decided to
direct all of its preferences, in effect, to Liberal and National Party
candidates at the last election. We saw very many good members of
Parliament from the Labor Party lose their seats as a result, including Con
Sciacca here in Queensland. So when I saw that, and I've seen parallel
trends in the United States with the Republican Party increasingly
orchestrating the evangelical and Pentecostal churches there, I concluded it
was time to speak out, and I've done so with the support of my caucus
colleagues are well."
Comment by Sean the Blogonaut on August 8, 2009 at 9:53pm
I vote green have for the last 2 elections. I find Rudd distinctly shallow and uninteresting. It took me a while to hate howard Rudd, had me thinking he was a twat 2 months in.
Comment by Justin Pearson Smith on August 8, 2009 at 7:53pm
I never in a million years thought I'd be saying this, but I think we were better off with the Liberal party. Rudd is so keen to bend over backwards for the Christian vote that our country is swiftly turning into a theocracy. First we get plans for mandatory filtering than we have his anti-gay marriage views and the list continues to grow and now he doesn't even have the guts t speak out against child abuse. He makes me sick. Now I have to decide if I do a no-vote or switch to voting Liberal because I sure as hell wont be voting labor until they ditch Rudd.

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