I was interested to read, in this Crikey story on Rob Hulls agreeing to let religious schools and other businesses discriminate against staff for such outrageous things as BEING DIVORCED (gasp), the revelation that apparently I live in a “Bible Belt”:
But, the important third factor here is the large numbers of swinging evangelical voters who live in Victoria’s most marginal seats, the majority of whom live in Melbourne’s suburban Bible belt.
According to Phillip Hughes, the director of the Christian Research Association: “The bible belt starts around Camberwell and extends out to Blackburn, Box Hill, Burwood, Mt Waverley and Mulgrave. These are places with the highest number of churches and church attendance in Melbourne.”
Interesting. Sounds like these would be some good electorates for the non-bigot side of politics to start campaigning. Certain politicians seem to be confused – they’ve equated Christianity with bigotry and mislabelled regions with a couple of large modern churches as being predominantly “fundamentalist”. We should remind those MPs that the particular brand of “evangelicals” in question may be very noisy about their creepy dark ages approach to human sexuality – but they’re not a majority. Far from it.
I’d hate local candidates to be coming to the erroneous conclusion that there is no electoral cost from pandering to prejudice and discrimination.
I live in the Bible Belt and I vote… against bigotry.
ELSEWHERE: From the comments to the marriage equality protest post, two pieces of absolute gold on this subject from the Onion: