Howard's end

By Simon Barrow
November 25, 2007

For those who know their E. M. Forster, this was the most obvious headline for the victory of Kevin Rudd in the Australian election. But a more theological gloss is perhaps needed.

So here is a quotation of Rudd's from The Sydney Morning Herald in October 2006:

"Sixty years after his execution, [Dietrich] Bonhoeffer's gospel of social justice still speaks to us. Regrettably, much of this social justice tradition of Christianity has been drowned out by a new brand of political Christianity which is being systematically exploited in Republican America and John Howard's Australia."

He continued: "It is a brand of Christianity that celebrates private morality and personal prosperity alone - to the virtual exclusion of equity, solidarity and compassion. It is also a brand of Christianity that carries with it the below-the-radar message that the Liberal Party is the natural party of God."


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