That’s what Tony Abbott wants to know. Next, he’ll be asking why Christians attend Jewish weddings, why gay people attend straight weddings or why vegetarians are even invited to the weddings of meat-eaters.
Clearly I missed the memo in which it was declared that the guests must share the beliefs of the bride and groom. Heck, sometimes the bride and groom don’t even share the same beliefs.
Philip Coorey reports in SMH today:
Tony Abbott has mocked Julia Gillard’s decision to attend next month’s royal wedding, saying she does not believe in God, the monarchy or marriage. Mr Abbott, a staunch Catholic and monarchist who is married with children, questioned Ms Gillard’s bona fides to attend the wedding during yesterday’s joint party room meeting.
….Ms Gillard and her partner, Tim Mathieson, have accepted an invitation to attend next month’s wedding inLondon between Prince William and Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey. Mr Abbott predicted Ms Gillard would receive another poll bounce from this venture. ”She may not believe in God, the monarchy or marriage but there will be a royal wedding bounce,” he said.
Hey, I’m a Republican and I’d go. With bells on. It’s a wedding not a referendum.
So what do you think? Should Julia Gillard attend the royal wedding next month despite being a non-believing republican living in sin? Is it open season on atheists?