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Senator Ursula Stephens – Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion (except if it involves gay people)

clip_image002Senator Ursula Stephens

Labor Senator for New South Wales
Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion
(except if it involves gay people)

Senator Ursula Stephens spoke on the influence of her Christianity on politics in this Keynote Address at the Australian Baptist Conference on 17 August 2007. She sees same sex marriage as an “ethical” debate rather than one about human or civil rights.

“Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you this morning on the influence of the church in Australian politics. It’s a topic that comes up regularly, and I find that for most people it raises questions about the ‘big ticket’ issues, like abortion, same sex marriage, euthanasia, and so on—you know, the polarising ethical debates that get so much attention in the media and are always in the forefront when the relationship between religion and politics raises its head……While Christians are brought up to believe that all human beings have equal worth, we need to acknowledge that for most of us, some are more equal than others: we value most those human beings whose lives are familiarly like our own, those who we can identify with. We form our strong attachments to the local first, and only gradually learn to have compassion for people who are outside our immediate circle. We mourn for those we know, not for those we don’t know…..And this has implications for the political decisions we make, both in how we look after or own population in Australia, and how we see our role as global citizens……And of course I am not the only member of parliament committed to using this position to help make Christ’s teaching a reality”

Full transcript here.

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