Australia’s left-wing, atheist Prime Minister Julia Gillard embarrassed herself today by scheduling this year’s parliamentary election for September 14. For those keeping score, that’s Yom Kippur. A strict observance of Yom Kippur bans all normal worldly activities, so Orthodox Jews will be forced to choose between voting and properly observing the holiest day of their year.

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A number of people pointed out that Jewish voters could cast absentee ballots, as many do in normal elections on Saturdays. This is still a major faux pas; however, Gillard’s supporters seem singularly unmoved by a clear act of cultural insensitivity.

Funny how all of this leftist talk about respecting other faiths goes out the window when lefties do it. Oh, and seeing as the election is looking to be very close, a few thousand disenfranchised Orthodox Jews could be the difference between Gillard and her conservative rival, Tony Abbott. Nice work, Prime Minister.

  • http://about.me/petermichaelpetretich Pete Petretich

    Again, religious freedom is attacked by a “free” and “liberal” government!

    • Brian Roastbeef

      Actually “liberals” are the good guys here. Australia actually maintained the legitimate definition of the word. Gillard and co. are “Labor” – the popular Commonwealth euphemism for Socialist.

      • $29561723

        LOL, I guess everything really is upside down there compared to here.

      • $29561723

        LOL, I guess everything really is upside down there compared to here.

      • 1SkepticalChick

        Or upside down here as opposed to there! Thank you for educating me!

      • 1SkepticalChick

        Or upside down here as opposed to there! Thank you for educating me!

      • goldwater89

        Looks like all the polls say Abbott will win. You’ll soon have a great man running your country. I wish we Americans could say the same.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Australian_Federal_TPP_Opinion_Polling.svg

    • Brian Roastbeef

      Actually “liberals” are the good guys here. Australia actually maintained the legitimate definition of the word. Gillard and co. are “Labor” – the popular Commonwealth euphemism for Socialist.

    • $21367552

      Had she chosen a religious holiday sacred to any other religion besides Christianity or Judaism, I doubt your panties would be in such a knot. Early voting/absentee ballot. Not that complicated.

      • TocksNedlog

        Respecting other people isn’t quite your bailiwick, is it?

  • http://about.me/petermichaelpetretich Pete Petretich

    Again, religious freedom is attacked by a “free” and “liberal” government!

  • Richard Mensly

    Executive Council of Australian Jewry has said it is not an issue, every Australian election is held on Saturday/Sabbath. Postal and early voting allow them to vote during the week rather than on Sabbath.

  • Richard Mensly

    Executive Council of Australian Jewry has said it is not an issue, every Australian election is held on Saturday/Sabbath. Postal and early voting allow them to vote during the week rather than on Sabbath.

  • DSmith

    It may mean we can vote early but it also means we can’t be involved on election day. Unlike the States party representation is acceptable outside polling places where booths are manned by volunteers from all parties and how to vote cards are handed out. It also means that Jews up for election will likely not have the opportunity to be out campaigning on the most important day. So sure we can vote early but then we have to sit on the sidelines. As an aside Jews overwhelmingly vote conservative in Australia.

    • nc

      Thank you for the explanation. I’m not surprised to hear that the Jewish vote is mostly conservative. Hello to you from here in California!

  • DSmith

    It may mean we can vote early but it also means we can’t be involved on election day. Unlike the States party representation is acceptable outside polling places where booths are manned by volunteers from all parties and how to vote cards are handed out. It also means that Jews up for election will likely not have the opportunity to be out campaigning on the most important day. So sure we can vote early but then we have to sit on the sidelines. As an aside Jews overwhelmingly vote conservative in Australia.

  • Brian Roastbeef

    I’m guessing dolt here rather than troll, but with Gillard it could go either way.

    Though, the election isn’t likely to be all that close. 50/50 has been ALPs absolute high water mark in polling over the past two years or so. Whether Gillard even makes it to election has been a fair question (would have been answered if the party had any alternative willing to challenge other than the somehow-more-grating Kevin Rudd.) They’ve been getting trounced in any state elections. Gillard should be gone soon, and good riddance.

  • Brian Roastbeef

    I’m guessing dolt here rather than troll, but with Gillard it could go either way.

    Though, the election isn’t likely to be all that close. 50/50 has been ALPs absolute high water mark in polling over the past two years or so. Whether Gillard even makes it to election has been a fair question (would have been answered if the party had any alternative willing to challenge other than the somehow-more-grating Kevin Rudd.) They’ve been getting trounced in any state elections. Gillard should be gone soon, and good riddance.

  • TocksNedlog

    When it comes to disenfranchising voters, it’s sort of a “good for me, not for thee” kinda thing.