I do not care if a politicians visits a strip club. In fact, a politician that did it and owns up without embarassment would be a good choice to pick, because you know he’s not going to pull that family values crap in the future. But a politician who visits one, owns up, and then apologises? You know he’s going to try to have it both ways.
Too many Australian politicians are playing the religious card lately. Rudd is one of them. C’mon folks, we’re Australians, not Americans. We should be like the French or Italians and cheer anyone who shows he’s human, male and occasionally stupid. Stop making religion a political drawcard. Sure, I know there are votes out there begging, but let’s face it – people choose politicians for what they say they’ll do in public policy, not for what they do in their real life. Politics is all about fiction anyway.
I don’t want to live in a country that has the level of religious interference in public discourse incommensurate with their representation in society that America has (of course, if I’m forced to by employment, I will go anywhere – philosophers are whores for money). Let’s not follow the US on this one, OK?