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Julia Gillard / Event for Melbourne City CouncilAs of just over a week ago, Australia has a new prime minister, Julia Gillard. Shortly after taking office she revealed she is an atheist. The (UK) Daily Mail reports on this revelation (WebCite cached article):

Australia’s new Prime Minister has revealed she does not believe in God.

Julia Gillard told ABC radio in Melbourne that she was not prepared to go through ‘religious rituals’ for the sake of appearances.

Ms Gillard added: ‘I am, of course, a great respecter of religious beliefs, but they are not my beliefs.

‘For people of faith, I think the greatest compliment I could pay them is to respect their genuinely-held beliefs and not to engage in some pretence about mine.

There is a fervent religionist constituency in Australia — which had strongly supported the prior P.M., Kevin Rudd — and which will, no doubt, try to undermine her. I’m glad that she’s made her beliefs (or lack of them) known publicly, though; there aren’t many world leaders who possess the courage to run counter to theists in their countries. I wish her the best of luck!

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