Julia Gillard: Not A Very Good Atheist

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Michael Jones at Change.org tipped me off to this story about Australia’s new Prime Minister. She’s an atheist, but opposes same-sex marriage.

What up with that?

That I know of, there is not a single argument against marriage equality that isn’t founded upon religious bigotry.

Not one.

This is why I proudly identify as a gaytheist. The atheist community, in my opinion, is the most LGBT-friendly non-LGBT group of allies in our society. They often don’t get recognized as such, but that’s a problem with atheist visibility in general, a bridge I hope to better build.

So, what’s Jillard’s deal? If she’s really an atheist, she’s not a very good one.

The worst part? Journalists have let her get away with it:

“We believe the marriage act is appropriate in its current form, that is recognising that marriage is between a man and a woman, but we have as a government taken steps to equalise treatment for gay couples,” she said, according to the Herald.

“Asked if that was also her personal view, Ms Gillard said it was,” according to the Herald.

Let’s be perfectly clear: that is not an answer. It repeats the view, but it doesn’t answer the question of why. Would it kill a journalist on this planet to actually confront a politician on her vacuous talking points?

At any rate, Gillard is neither a good atheist nor a good LGBT ally. She calls herself an atheist, but still clings to religious privilege for cheap political points. She says she supports equal treatment for the LGBT community at the same time she’s adding her voice to anti-gay messaging. What does she gain? I don’t know. I’m not really an expert on Australian politics. But I definitely thinks it gives everyone a reason to be skeptical about any of her other political positions.

As radio host Derryn Hinch said, she’s a hypocrite, and as Mike added in his story, she’s a coward.

Might I add selfish and/or foolish to the list?

Someday it’ll cost political capital to not oppose marriage equality. Until then, we have to ask tougher questions of our politicians.

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