"No faith, no religion, no set of beliefs should ever be used as an instrument of division or exclusion." (Shorten to front Christian lobby over his values, James Massola, Sydney Morning Herald, 25/10/14)
That's what federal Opposition leader Bill Shorten reportedly said to Australia's Christian lobby on the subject of same-sex marriages last Saturday.
One is left wondering how, if he really believes what he says, Shorten can reconcile this statement of principle with his unqualified support for Israel, a state which occupies, oppresses and dispossesses the Palestinians simply because they are not Jewish.
As historian Adel Safty reminds us:
"Had the Palestinians been Jewish, they would have been entitled by law in Israel to automatic citizenship, political rights, subsidized housing and medical care." (Might Over Right: How the Zionists Took Over Palestine, 2009, p 255)