This morning during a radio interview on 774 ABC Melbourne, the new Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard was asked point blank:
“Do you believe in God?”
“No I don’t, John”
Julia went on to say she was raised in a Baptist household and attended church regularly, but decided to “pursue a different path in her adult life“. The Prime Minister believes people can be decent, moral, upstanding citizens without pretending to believe in a deity to attract the religious voters. What is more important to her is the welfare of the Australian people – regardless of their religious convictions.
It is hugely refreshing to hear a politician talk so openly and honestly about their faith, or lack thereof. I am unaware of any other current major political leader who has openly admitted their disbelief (according to the comments, there are plenty). Julia’s credibility just jumped a few notches in my books.
Update 1: Thank you to PZ Myers for linking this short article on his fantastic blog. Welcome all pharyngulites.