Will the real Julia please stand up?
Can you imagine a nation where the only real marriages take place in a few small churches which continue to preach Biblical Christianity, and where civil marriage means people of any gender construct?
Can you imagine a nation where as many babies are killed before birth, because they are an inconvenience, than are actually born in any given year?
Can you imagine a nation where socialist philosophy reigns supreme?
Possibly, but only slightly, because this is certainly the direction towards which the 'real Julia Gillard' would take this nation if elected on August 21.
Yet sadly, an article by The Agereligion writer Barney Zwartz last weekend, suggested that most Christians are not worried that the real Julia actually believes these things are OK or that she is an atheist living in sin.
In his article "Gillard, bid to win back the Christian vote" Zwartz states
"Mr Conner, senior pastor at Melbourne's biggest church, CityLife, said he was not concerned by Ms Gillard's atheism: ''Primarily you are looking at them to have what it takes to run the nation" - but felt Mr Rudd's dumping would cost Labor more than the party realised."
So the direction doesn't matter? We believe it should be a very important issue for Christians.
Barney Zwartz also writes,
"ACL chief of staff Lyle Shelton said Ms Gillard's atheism might be a factor for some voters, but Christians were a discerning constituency."
"Might be a factor"? What about 'should' be a factor?
After her appointment by Labor as Prime Minister social commentator Scott Stephens, (ABC Religion and Ethics 19 Jul 2010) noted that Julia Gillard was not concerned about the Christian vote.
Then just last week ACL announced that Julia would do an interview with them.
On August 6, after this interview was announced, Scott Stephens noted "Now, it seems, the "real Julia" has decided that she can't ignore the Christian vote."
He concluded "But this does raise serious questions concerning the authenticity of the Prime Minister's appeal to a lobby that, prior to this week, she seemed not to think she needed."
Keep reading to find out what happened in the interview...
PLUS the other means Julia Gillard is using to appeal to the 'Christian vote' - such as funds for the canonisation of a Catholic saint and more chaplains in schools...